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.
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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.
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
How to Make Baked Cod in Foil
Full detailed instructions are below in the recipe card.
- Place the fish on a piece of foil.
- Rub both sides of the fish with olive oil and sprinkle spices onto both sides of the fish.
- Seal the foil around the fish.
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.
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.
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.
Pair With These Side Dish Recipes
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Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
Smoked Sweet Potatoes
Slow Cooker Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
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Top the fish with my Pineapple Mango Salsa recipe.
Baked Cod in Foil
- 10-12 ounces cod fish
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt to taste
- 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.