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Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

Creamy Lemon Basil Garlic Cod comes together in 30 minutes or less and makes for an incredibly nutritious meal! This easy cod recipe is a marvelous weeknight staple, yet is fancy enough for date night!

Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod recipe - a low-carb, healthy dinner recipe for any night of the week

I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m not the biggest fan of cod that ever did walk the earth.

I mean…it’s alright. I certainly don’t dislike it. But neither the flavor nor the texture make my mind buds go bonkers without much doctoring. 

Enter: this Creamy Lemon Basil Garlic Cod recipe. Cod all doctored up in a creamy lemon basil garlic sauce is just what I need to take an interest in the fish.

It’s simple to make, the flavors are magnificent, and when paired with brown rice and veggies, this easy fish recipe is exactly what we need to hit our well-rounded meal goals with flying colors.

If you’re like me and you’re all about incorporating different, nutritious foods into your diet but you need to feel an emotional connection in order to ignite that flame, this recipe was made for you.

Let’s make it!

Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod recipe - a low-carb, healthy dinner recipe for any night of the week

Creamy Lemon Basil Garlic Cod Ingredients:

Cod: Procure 1 pound of cod and cut it into fillets if it isn’t already. I buy wild-caught cod from Whole Foods in the freezer section, which comes pre-portioned into 4-ounce fillets. I simply thaw the fillets a few hours before I make the dish.

Avocado Oil: Used to sear the fish, we use avocado oil for its subtle flavor and its high smoke point.

Coconut Milk: The creamy portion of the cream sauce! In keeping this recipe dairy-free, I use full-fat canned coconut milk which adds a subtle natural sweetness and lovely creaminess to the meal.

Garlic: What can I say? Garlic makes everything better! I use a whopping 5 cloves in this recipe, but you can scale up or down according to your tolerance for deliciousness 😉

Lemon Zest & Juice: Adding tang and acidity to the meal to brighten it up and offset the creaminess, lemon zest and lemon juice goes a long way in making this meal pop!

Basil: Fresh basil adds an earthy herbiness to the dish. If you aren’t into basil, use baby spinach!

Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Enhancing the flavor, a little sea salt and black pepper go a long way in bringing the whole thing together. Add both to taste!

Green Onion: A little green onion adds more flavor to really give the whole meal a well-rounded palatable experience. Because green onion doesn’t need to be sautéed the way yellow or red onion do, it adds that lovely onion flavor without also adding prep time.

Easy Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod recipe - low-carb, keto, easy healthy dinner recipe

How to Make Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod:

Pat the cod fillets dry with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with sea salt. Put the fillets on a plate until you’re ready to cook.

Add the avocado oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat to medium-high. Carefully place the cod on the hot skillet flesh-side down (if your cod doesn’t have skin, no worries…either side will work).

Cook 3 minutes, until the cod is slightly golden brown. Carefully flip using a spatula (the cod is very tender and will likely break if you aren’t gentle) and cook another 3 minutes

Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet and gently stir them around. Cover the skillet and bring to a full but gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is very fragrant and the cod flakes easily when poked with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Note: if you have the time, you can simmer the cod over medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes for an even more flavorful sauce.

Serve with choice of side dishes and enjoy!

Easy Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod recipe - low-carb, keto, easy healthy dinner recipe

Also be sure to check out my Chili Lime Cod recipe – it’s tangy, it has just the right amount of kick, it makes you feel like you’re throwing a fiesta in your mouth!

More Healthy Fish Recipes:

May all the delicious cod recipes be with you. 😉

Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod recipe - a low-carb, healthy dinner recipe for any night of the week

Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Quick and easy Creamy Lemon Garlic Cod comes together in a flash for nutritious weeknight eating!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 pound cod, cut into 4 fillets
  • 1 can coconut milk (light or full-fat both work)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh basil or spinach
  • ½ tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 3 stalks green onion, chopped

Instructions

  1. Pat the cod fillets dry with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with sea salt. Put the fillets on a plate until you’re ready to cook.
  2. Add the avocado oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat to medium-high. Carefully place the cod on the hot skillet flesh-side down (if your cod doesn’t have skin, no worries...either side will work).
  3. Cook 3 minutes, until the cod is slightly golden brown. Carefully flip using a spatula (the cod is very tender and will likely break if you aren’t gentle) and cook another 3 minutes
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet and gently stir them around. Cover the skillet and bring to a full but gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is very fragrant and the cod flakes easily when poked with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Note: if you have the time, you can simmer the cod over medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes for an even more flavorful sauce.
  5. Serve with your choice of side dishes and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 278Total Fat 15gCarbohydrates 8gNet Carbohydrates 5gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 31g
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