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This Easy Oven Baked Cod in Foil recipe is ready in no time. The fish is seasoned with lemon, garlic, and other delicious spices and served tender and flaky thanks to the foil packet.

baked cod on foil with lemons
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You will love using this in my Fish and Grits and Grilled Cod in Foil.
Pair this with our Grilled Mango recipe!

What Type of Fish to Use

You can use any white fish such as cod, tilapia, catfish, etc for this recipe with no adjustment to cook time.

raw cod on a piece of foil

How to Season the Fish

I like to use a combination of smoked paprika, garlic powder, and Lemon Pepper Seasoning. You can use whatever you like.

  • Your favorite fish rub
  • Your favorite BBQ rub
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dill
  • Oregano
lemon pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt in a white bowl

How to Make Baked Cod in Foil

Full detailed instructions are below in the recipe card.

  1. Place the fish on a piece of foil.
  2. Rub both sides of the fish with olive oil and sprinkle spices onto both sides of the fish.
  3. Seal the foil around the fish.
  4. Bake.
raw seasoned cod on a piece of foil

Do You Have to Use Foil?

No. I like to use foil because it’s easy to clean up and because white fish is very delicate. Using foil makes it easy to remove the fish once it has finished cooking. Using foil will also look in heat and moisture and allow the fish to cook at an even and consistent temperature. The end result is tender, juicy, and flaky fish.

If you aren’t using foil you can use parchment paper.

cod wrapped in foil

Oven Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees.

Bake Time/How Long to Cook

It will typically take 20-25 minutes to bake the fish. Cook the fish until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Some like to cook their seafood to around 135 degrees. Do what you prefer.

baked cod on foil with lemons

How to Tell When it’s Done

Use a meat thermometer and/or check for flakiness. Gently press the thickest part of the fish using a fork. If it flakes easily, it is done. The flesh of the fish should be opaque.

How to Reheat

I don’t recommend the microwave for cooked fish. You risk tough texture when using the microwave. I recommend the air fryer or oven at 250 degrees until warm.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.

baked cod with lemon on a bed of greens

Pair With These Side Dish Recipes

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

Check out our guide for Side Dishes for Cod and What to Serve.

More Fish Recipes

Tuna Poke Nachos
Cod Fish Tacos
Air Fryer Cod (Breaded or No Breading)
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Poke Bowls with Spicy Mayo Sauce
Salmon Fried Rice
Maple Glazed Salmon
Smoked Ahi Tuna Steak
Homemade Fish Fingers Sticks

Top the fish with my Pineapple Mango Salsa recipe.

baked cod on foil with lemons

Baked Cod in Foil

This Easy Oven Baked Cod in Foil recipe is ready in no time. The fish is seasoned with lemon, garlic, and other delicious spices and served tender and flaky thanks to the foil packet.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the fish on a piece of foil (large enough to cover and seal the fish). Rub both sides of the fish with olive oil and sprinkle the spices onto both sides of the fish. Rub the spices in to ensure the flavor penetrates. Ensure the fish fully coated with spices and add additional if needed to ensure optimal flavor.
  • Seal the foil around the fish.
  • Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • You can tell it's done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. The fish should also be flaky. Gently press the thickest part of the fish using a fork. If it flakes easily, it is done.

Notes

If you aren’t using foil you can use parchment paper.
Butter can be substituted for olive oil.
Feel free to season the fish with whatever spices you wish.
You can double/triple the recipe with no adjustment to temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 5ozCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 21gFat: 1g
Keyword baked cod in foil, foil packet cod, foil packet fish, oven baked cod
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Recipe Rating




Shadi Hasanzade

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Whether you're a seafood lover or just looking for a healthy and hassle-free dinner option, give this recipe a try. It's a delightful combination of simplicity and flavor that will leave your taste buds singing.

Brandi Crawford

Saturday 30th of September 2023

I'm so glad you think so!

Jill

Friday 29th of September 2023

This cod has a perfect blend of seasonings! I love the paprika and the foil makes is such an easy cleanup. Thanks for another great recipe!

Brandi Crawford

Friday 29th of September 2023

So glad you enjoyed it!