I try to cook fish at least once a week, but what I make is largely dictated by the prices at the supermarket and the amount of time I have available. My baby is transitioning into toddlerhood and spending hours on dinner is much less of an option than it used to be. This recipe is so easy to put together – combine the ingredients in a baking dish, add the fish and bake. It’s totally hands off and results in moist, flavorful fish with classic flavors. Just what I need for this phase of life.
The recipe below has a great balance of flavors, but it’s easy to customize to your liking. I used cod this time around, but it works equally well with haddock, tilapia or other white fish. These types of fish freeze well and are easy to find frozen; previously frozen fish will work great here. As a result, this is the sort of recipe that you can hold onto and pull out in the pinch because chances are good that you’ll have most – if not all – of the ingredients on hand. Tweak the amounts of oil, lemon, garlic, and dill to your taste, or add other herbs or spices. If you find success with another combination, share the idea below. I’d love to try it!
Baked Lemon Cod with Garlic and Dill
- 1 pound skinless cod (haddock, tilapia or other white fish work equally well)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and dried dill in the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish and stir to combine.
- Add the fish, filling the dish as evenly as possible. It's fine for the fish to touch and/or overlap if needed. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
- Gently remove from baking dish and serve.
Compliment this easy to make fish dish with any number of equally simple sides: fries, rice, pasta, salad and/or roasted vegetables would all work well.