Pan Fried Cod

Here I share with you some vital tips and tricks to cooking perfect Pan Fried Cod. Served with a brown butter sauce, this quick and easy weeknight dinner couldn’t be more delicious if it tried! – Hungry now?  Jump to Recipe 

You know it’s funny, I’m a huge seafood fan. I really am. But I don’t cook it near enough as I should. It’s just not something I reach for in the grocery store and I don’t really know why! Anywho, today I took one step closer to changing that, in the form of a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Pan Fried Cod with brown butter sauce, new potatoes, lemon and asparagus

Cod is one of my favourite fish dinners. I was actually gonna work on a homemade fish and chips recipe, but realised I’ve been deep frying way too much lately 😂

Yes, apparently there is a thing as too much deep frying..

*runs to gym*

So here we’ve gone for a healthier version – pan fried cod with a browned butter sauce. Yeah, couldn’t quite commit to the full healthy version.

There are actually a couple of different ways to pan fry cod, usually revolving around the flour or no flour debate. This time I’ve gone for cod without flour, but I’ll give you a few tips and tricks to cook it either way!

How to Pan Fry Cod

In any instance, I’ll always opt for boneless and skinless cod loins. Boneless because who’s got time for removing the bones? Skinless just through personal preference, not a huge fan of fish skin. Lastly I’ll usually get cod loin opposed to a whole cod, just because it’s a little more manageable for one person.

How to pan fry cod - guidance photos

How to Pan Fry Cod without Flour

  1.  Pat dry and generously season both sides of the cod with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat up a little oil in a non-stick pan and fry for about 2-3 mins each side (depending on thickness), carefully flipping once.
  3. After flipping, place fresh dill on top of your cod and add butter to the pan. Baste until the cod is just about cooked. Take out the pan.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and brown the butter, seasoning to taste. Pour a couple tsp over your cold, sprinkle some fresh parsley and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

How to Pan Fry Cod with Flour

  1. Season 2 tbsp flour with salt and pepper and carefully coat both sides of your cod. Remove excess flour by patting it down before you place in the pan.
  2. Fry with a dash of olive oil for around 2-3mins each side (depending on thickness), carefully flipping once. Again, in a non-stick pan.
  3. Take the cod out of the pan and then add the butter and dill. Brown the butter and continue the same steps without flour.

The main difference here is that you want to keep the pan dry (besides oil) if you’re using flour. The whole point of coating the fish in flour is to give it a crispy finish, basting it in butter is going to ruin that. Simply make the brown butter after taking the floured cod out of the pan and pour over at the last second to keep the crispiness.

How to Brown Butter

How to make browned butter sauce guidance photos

Brown butter is essentially just melted butter that is cooked long enough to toast the milk solids. By cooking the butter just a few minutes past melting point, you get this gorgeous nutty aroma that is just to DIE for.

Here’s how easy is is to make:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan so it cooks evenly.
  2. Once melted, it should then begin to foam. Gently stir as the foam subsides and the butter turns from a lemony yellow to a lighter brown colour.
  3. After a few minutes you should start to see tiny dark specks form on the surface, these are just the milk solids.
  4. Once you see it turning a deeper brown and the nutty aroma hits you, serve immediately, trying to avoid pouring over the burnt specks.

I can’t even explain how good brown butter and cod tastes. UGH. Heaven.

Okay, let’s dig in shall we?

Pan fried cod with brown butter sauce dripping off spoon

Pan fried cod is the perfect quick and easy midweek meal or date night dinner. Served with a brown butter sauce, you really can’t go wrong!

How to Pan Fry Cod (Full Recipe & Video)

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Pan Fried Cod with brown butter sauce, new potatoes, lemon and asparagus
Pan Fried Cod
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Here I share with you some vital tips and tricks to cooking perfect Pan Fried Cod. Served with a brown butter sauce, this quick and easy weeknight dinner couldn't be more delicious if it tried!

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Pan Fried Cod
Servings: 2
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 2 Skinless Boneless Cod Loins
  • 3-4 knobs of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Dill
  • Fresh Parsley, to taste
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, for frying
Method
  1. Pat your cod dry with a paper towel. Generously season each side with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat up a glug of oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Fry the cod 2-3 mins each side (depending on thickness) carefully flipping once. 

  3. After you turn the cod, add your butter to the pan and place your dill on top of the cod. Baste the melted butter over the top of the cod until it's just cooked through.

  4. Take cod out the pan and brown the butter. Season as necessary.

  5. Pour over a couple of tsp of the brown butter, a sprinkle of parsley and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Alternate method using Flour - Using flour will give you a slightly crispier cod, but less 'buttery' and arguable less moist. Lightly coat your cod with seasoned flour, patting to remove any excess. Fry in a little oil for the same duration, but WITHOUT basting in butter. Remove from the pan, then make the brown butter. Pour over at the last second to keep it crispy.

 

b) How to brown butter - Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan so it cooks evenly. Once melted, it should then begin to foam. Gently stir as the foam subsides and until the butter turns from a lemony yellow to a lighter brown colour. After a few minutes you should start to see tiny dark specks start to form on the surface, these are just the milk solids. Once you see it turning a deeper brown and the nutty aroma hits you, serve immediately, trying to avoid pouring over the burnt specks

 

c) Lemon Juice - Try not to think of this as just garnish, a good squeeze of lemon juice will cut through the richness of the butter.

 

d) Non-stick pan - Either method, it's essential to use a non-stick pan, otherwise you risk the cod flaking apart when you flip it/remove it from the pan.

 

e) Calories - Based on using 3.5 knobs of butter and 1 tbsp olive oil.

Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Cod
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.5g 22%
Saturated Fat 5.5g 28%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.9g
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 495mg 21%
Potassium 362mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 3.9g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 18.2g 36%
Vitamin C 96%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For another quick and easy dinner for two, check out my Pan Fried Pork Chops with Peach Salsa!

Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops with Peach Salsa Perfect for Date Night

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    May 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I love having fish for dinner or lunch – it’s always a great healthy option. Looks so delicious and so easy to make!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Definitely easy to make and perfect for dinner! Thanks, Natalie! 🙂

  • Reply
    Julia
    May 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    What a delicious looking cod dinner! The fish looks super juicy 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Julia! So juicy!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    May 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I love the way you have shared the recipe with such details! beautiful click too!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Priya! 🙂

  • Reply
    Annemarie
    May 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for the thorough directions! I bet this is delicious with butter.

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      SO good with butter! Thanks, Annemarie 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    May 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    This looks so amazing! Love all of the instructions and steps. You have me sold on the no-flour version with how amazing it looks!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 20, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Kim! I defo prefer non-flour too 🙂

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