Crispy Lemon Cod Fish

cod fish recipe
Crispy Lemon Cod Fish. Stephanie Gallagher
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
526 Calories
19g Fat
41g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 526
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1137mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 45g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cod fish recipe is one of my kids' favorites. Cod is a mild fish, and it tends to take on the flavors of whatever it is paired with. In this cod fish recipe, the lemon butter sauce adds richness and pizazz.

Serve this crispy lemon cod fish with fried corn and apple pecan coleslaw.

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  • For the Fish
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 pounds cod fish fillets
  • Dash kosher salt
  • Dash freshly-ground black pepper
  • For Lemon Butter Sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this fish dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Fish

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat.

  3. Set up a breading station: beat egg whites and set in one dish, then spread out Panko in a thin layer in another shallow dish.

  4. Dip cod first in the egg whites. 

  5. Then in the Panko, pressing lightly to help the bread crumbs adhere. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Sauté in the butter-olive oil mixture until golden, about 3 minutes.

  7. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through -- fish will be opaque and flake easily with a fork.

Make the Lemon Butter Sauce 

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat lemon juice and vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, until the mixture is reduced by half, about 6 minutes.

  3. Stir in butter and salt.

  4. Drizzle lightly over crispy cod fish fillets.

  5. Serve and enjoy!