March 19, 2021

Crispy Lemon Pepper Baked Cod With Citrus Butter Sauce

 

Crispy Lemon Pepper Baked Cod is flaky, golden brown and ready to eat in 20 minutes! This simple and healthy meal is full of flavor, has a fantastic crispy texture and the citrus butter sauce takes it to the next level. Serve this with a nice big salad, some French fries or even fried sweet plantains. The options are endless.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Cod:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup fine cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper dry seasoning
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 lbs cod fillets ~4 - 6 oz fillets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • ½ lemon
  • ½ orange
  • 4 tbsp softened room temperature butter divided
  • ½ tsp minced garlic on microplane
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, lemon pepper, and salt.
  • Dredge the fish in the flour mixture to coat on all sides and shake off any extra, by tapping the fish lightly.
  • Heat a cast iron pan over high heat. Add the butter and olive oil. When the pan is very hot, add the cod and cook the first side for about 2 minutes, or until golden. Carefully flip the fish and cook for another 1-2 minutes while spooning the butter mixture over it. Place in the oven and cook for 5-7 minutes while you make your sauce.
  • Add the lemon and orange juice to a small pan over high heat and reduce the liquid to about half. Pour the juice into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Using the same small pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter in a saucepan and cook the garlic over medium heat until translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to get color on the garlic, or it will ruin the taste of the sauce.
  • Add the wine, turn the heat up to high, and cook until you have reduced it to about half.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low.
  • Using a whisk, slowly mix in 1 tbsp butter at a time, adding more as it becomes emulsified and thickened. It is important that the butter is room temperature so the sauce doesn't break.
  • Continue adding the butter until you have a nice, thickened sauce.
  • Add the citrus reduction and salt, and mix well.
  • To serve, drizzle the sauce over the cod and enjoy!
Keyword Dairy-free, fish, kid-friendly

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