How to Season Baked Cod

Cod is a low-fat, low-calorie white fish with a mild taste that you can easily complement with a variety of cod seasoning.
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Cod is a low-fat, low-calorie white fish with a mild taste that you can easily complement with a variety of cod seasoning. In fact, cod is such a versatile fish that you can experiment with different combinations of herbs and spices, both dried and fresh, to create new and exciting flavors.

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The Mayo Clinic recommends eating at least two 4-ounce servings of fish per week, as they're a good source of healthy fats. Enjoy your baked cod with a side of steamed vegetables or use the flavorful baked cod as an ingredient in other recipes and dishes.

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Read more: Is Cod a Healthy Fish to Eat?

Prep Your Dish

Step 1: Rinse the Fish

Rinse the fish under cool running water.

Step 2: Add Some Oil

Rub the fish with olive oil or other cooking oil to help the seasonings stick to the fish.

Step 3: Add Spice for Cod

Sprinkle the fish with dried herbs and spices, such as paprika, rosemary or basil, as well as salt and pepper. Cayenne powder, onion powder, coriander, turmeric and ground mustard are a few additional herbs and spices to consider.

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Baked Cod Seasoning

Step 1: Drizzle With Oil

Drizzle the baked cod with cooking oil, such as olive oil, as suggested by Cleveland Clinic, to add a burst of flavor, as well as heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Step 2: Add Some Seasoning

Shake salt, pepper or dried herbs and spices over the baked cod just before serving it. In addition to the spices used before baking the cod, the additional of a shake or two of these will infuse the fish with added flavor.

Be aware of the sodium content of your dish. According to the American Heart Association, healthy adults should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

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Step 3: Try Some Herbs

Chop fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill, rosemary, basil or oregano, and scatter them over the baked cod just before serving it.

It only takes a sprig or two of fresh herbs per cod filet to add a good dose of flavor. More than that, however, will start to overpower the mild taste of the fish.

Read more: How to Bake Cod Fish in Foil

Add Some Variety

Soak the raw fish in a marinade before baking it. This will infuse the fish with added flavor separate from the seasonings you use before and after you cook your perfect pan-seared cod.

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Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the baked cod. In addition to a tiny amount of vitamin C, the lemon juice will add a tart flavor to the fish. Use lime, orange or grapefruit juice in place of the lemon juice for a slightly different flavor.

Top the baked cod with a fresh fruit salsa. Use diced mango, pineapple and jalapeno for a tropical-inspired fruit salsa or chopped oranges, grapefruit and red onions for a milder fruit salsa.

Spoon some homemade vegetable salsa over the baked cod. Try diced tomatoes, red onions, minced garlic and mashed avocado for a savory salsa or use habanero peppers, chopped tomatoes and lime juice for a spicier salsa.

Use your seasoned baked cod to make flavorful fish tacos, like our Healthy Lunch Fish Tacos or Fish and Veggie Tacos. Or just shred the baked cod and stuff it inside corn tortillas along with shredded cabbage and fresh salsa for a meal that's rich in protein and fiber that's also low in fat.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried herbs and seasonings

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Cooking oil

  • Fresh herbs

  • Fresh lemons

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables

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