This pan-fried cod recipe is easy, delicious and on the table in under 30 minutes. Cod fillets are lightly dredged in a seasoned flour mixture and cooked until golden on the outside and moist inside. Serve with your favourite side or simply enjoy as is!
I’ve been wanting to share this pan fried cod recipe with you all for quite some time!
I was able to get my hands on some local fresh cod the other day so I knew what had to happen … and, boy, was my belly happy!
There’s absolutely nothing fancy here, far from it. But the taste? Simply delicious!
Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce and you’re set for a treat.
How to Make Pan Fried Cod
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- In a dish combine flour with paprika, dill, onion powder and a little cayenne.
- Season cod fillets with salt and pepper.
- Dredge each fillet in the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
- For each batch, heat some oil and butter in a skillet.
- Add flour-dusted cod fillets and fry on one side.
- Carefully flip each fillet to cook the other side (the fresher your fish is, the more delicately it needs to be handled). Enjoy!
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How To Know When Fillets Are Done
When cod fillets are done, the interior is opaque in colour and the fillets flake easily when prodded with a fork.
In Canada, the recommended minimum internal cooking temperature for fish is 158 degrees Fahrenheit (according to the Government of Canada). In the United States, the recommended minimum internal cooking temperature for fish is 145 degrees Fahrenheit (according to Foodsafety.gov).
Typically, it will take about 3 to 5 minutes per side to cook cod fillets. If your pieces are smaller (or larger) than the ones used here, you cook time may vary.
The pieces I used were more tail (or end) pieces. Centre cuts will take longer than end pieces as they are thicker.
Do I Have to Dredge in Flour?
Not at all! It’s kinda classic here in Newfoundland, but you can simply season the fillets and fry without it.
More Tips and Variations
For pan-fried fish (especially when using cod), I prefer fresh fillets over frozen. Frozen tends to have more water, but in a pinch will work.
Speaking of fresh cod fillets, they are quite delicate. Be careful when flipping. A large fish spatula works great here. Alternatively, you can use two spatulas to flip each fillet.
A bunch of pantry seasonings were used in this recipe, but you can just use salt and pepper if you prefer.
Make It A Meal!
- Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
- Crispy potato wedges
- Skillet potatoes
- Mixed green salad
- Green beans
- Roasted cauliflower
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Pan Fried Cod
- 1.5 to 2 pounds boneless and skinless cod fillets (each fillet about 5 ounces)
- salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- ⅓ to ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- pinch cayenne pepper powder
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (1 tablespoon per batch)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons butter (1 tablespoon per batch)
Serving Suggestions (optional)
- Freshly chopped dill
- Tartar sauce
- Lemon wedges
- Season cod fillets with some salt and pepper.
- In a small dish or on a plate, mix together flour with paprika, dill, onion powder and cayenne pepper.
- Dredge each cod fillet in the flour mixture, lightly coating, and shaking off excess flour.
- To cook cod fillets, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.Note: Cook fish in batches as to not overcrowd pan. For each batch, add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Place cod fillets in skillet and cook 3 to 5 minutes on one side.
- Carefully flip the cod fillets to the other side (be gentle, as the fillets are delicate) and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until cod is cooked through, is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Transfer cooked cod fillets to a plate. You can sprinkle with a little more salt, if you wish.Note: Cook time may vary, depending on the thickness of your fillets.
- Repeat process to cook remaining cod fillets.
- Garnish with dill and serve with lemon and tartar sauce (if desired) or enjoy as is.
- For pan-fried fish (especially when using cod), I prefer fresh fillets over frozen. Frozen tends to have more water, but in a pinch will work.
- Speaking of fresh cod fillets, they are quite delicate. Be careful when flipping. A large fish spatula works great here. Alternatively, you can use two spatulas to flip each fillet.
- A bunch of pantry seasonings were used in this recipe, but you can just use salt and pepper if you prefer.
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.