Zesty, flavorful Chili Lime Baked Cod marinated in a quick and simple marinade. This easy baked cod recipe results in perfectly tender and flaky fish that it ultra mouth-watering and healthful. Serve it with your favorite side dishes for a delicious complete meal!
A paleo, keto, whole30, low-carb dinner recipe, this health-conscious meal is high in protein and low in fat.
In case you missed my Easy Baked Cod recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago, cod has recently become a big staple in my own diet.
Cod is ultra high in protein, mega low in fat, and what little fat there is, is omega-3, which is not only not pro-inflammatory, it is anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for your gut lining, marvelous for brain health, hormone health, digestion, and more!
Not to mention, cod is high in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, selenium, and phosphorous. It is a superfood and great fuel for your body!
In addition, cod is lower in mercury than many other types of fish or seafood (like tuna).
The way I see it, this mild white fish is ideal for busy weeknights as it takes no time at all to prepare and can be flavored in various ways.
I love that cod is very light and subtle in flavor, which makes it very easy to mix up the flavor to your heart’s delight.
This episode of baked cod features fresh lime juice, chili powder and garlic. Simple ingredients, BIG flavor! I have a feeling you’ll love this baked cod recipe so much that you’ll put it on constant rotation (I do!).
It’s a great way to get in lean protein while still enjoying a flavorful, wholesome meal.
Let’s have at it!
Ingredients for Chili Lime Baked Cod:
Cod Fillets: The main event here is fresh cod! I buy wild-caught cod from the seafood counter of Whole Foods. It comes in one large fillet. You can also purchase smaller fish fillets or frozen cod. Just be sure to thaw the cod fully if you’re using frozen.
Avocado Oil: Adding fat to help flavor and lubricate the fish, I love using avocado oil because it has a very subtle flavor and is also a high-temperature cooking oil. Since we’ll be baking at 400 degrees, it is important to use an oil that has a high smoke point. Olive oil works too. If you prefer melted butter on your fish, feel free to use unsalted butter.
Chili Powder: Chili powder is a combination of many spices, including garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, paprika, and more. It is an amazing seasoning for animal protein and works nicely in marinades! It provides a great deal of flavor in this recipe.
Lime Juice & Zest: Contributing tang and zestiness, lime juice and lime zest provides acidity, which rounds out a marinade nicely. You can also use lemon juice and lemon zest if you prefer.
Garlic: All it takes is one clove of garlic to add nice flavor to the fish! If you’re a garlic fanatic, add another 2 to 3 cloves!
Paprika, Dried Oregano & Sea Salt: Adding additional flavor, herbiness and enhancing the flavor, paprika, dried oregano and sea salt are great additions to the marinade. If you like lemon pepper, or Cajun seasoning feel free to add it!
Don’t forget to pick up a whole lemon to the fish with lemon slices.
How to Make Chili Lime Baked Cod:
Remove the cod from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
Stir together all of the ingredients for the marinade in a measuring cup or a mixing bowl until well combined.
Place cod filets in a sealable container or zip lock bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag (or container) and move it around until everything is well-coated in marinade.
Because cod doesn’t have much flavor on its own, this delicious marinade will step up the whole experience!
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to 10 hours.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Transfer the fish, along with the marinade, to a large casserole dish, baking dish, or baking sheet. Bake on the rack that’s second closest to the top of the oven for 15 minutes, or until fish is completely cooked through.
Cod is considered fully cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 140 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. To check the internal temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the largest filet and wait until the numbers top moving.
The exact cooking time depends on the thickness of the fillets are and their temperature going into the oven.
Sprinkle the baked cod with green onion and/or fresh parsley and serve with choice of side dishes for a complete meal!
Serve with lemon wedges or a fresh lemon juice for drizzling.
I recommend enjoying this Chili Lime Baked Cod recipe with a side salad, steamed white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice, and steamed or roasted veggies.
Store leftover cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Below are some of my favorite side dishes that pair nicely with the baked cod.
- Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice
- Coconut Rice
- Pineapple Fried Rice
- Roasted Vegetables with Garlic Ginger Glaze
- Mango Edamame Quinoa Salad
- Greek Potato Salad
Superfood for the soul!
And that’s it! The best baked cod, ready in no time at all! This delicious cod fish recipe is a great dinner idea the whole family can enjoy. It’s a healthy meal made with minimal effort!
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Chili Lime Baked Cod
- Stir together all of the ingredients for the marinade in a measuring cup or a mixing bowl until well combined.
- Place cod filets in a sealable container or zip lock bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag (or container) and move it around until everything is well-coated in marinade. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to 10 hours.
- When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Transfer the fish, along with the marinade, to a large casserole dish. Bake on the rack that’s second closest to the top of the oven for 15 minutes, or until fish is completely cooked through.
- Serve with choice of side dishes. Go with roasted asparagus and cauliflower rice for a low-carb option, or I suggest my Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice
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