Simply fantastic! Could eat this for lunch and then dinner again!

Baking cod with garlic and lemon is as easy as it is delicious. It evokes the comforting atmosphere of a Midwest kitchen, where the oven is the heart of the home, simmering with pots of flavor. Cod, a beloved fish worldwide, is especially cherished in warmer climes, offering hearty reassurance like a grandma’s handmade blanket. Its firm yet flaky texture, combined with zesty lemon and the earthy kiss of garlic, transforms into a dish that embodies the kind of homey comfort food our grandparents adored. This recipe is perfect for those times when you want to feed your family something healthy without abandoning familiar, easy routines.

For an elegant presentation or to make this meal the star of a family dinner, consider pairing it with a classic potato salad (perhaps from a family recipe) or garden-fresh green beans cooked to tender perfection. In colder weather, chunky applesauce or roasted root vegetables, golden and delicious, complement the dish beautifully.

Ingredients:

Four people may enjoy this baked cod dish with lemon and garlic.

What You Need:

  • 4 fillets of fresh fish, weighing around 6-8 ounces each
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Juice from half of a lemon and thinly slice the other half
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of chopped fresh parsley (save some for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmth starts there.

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Juice from half of a lemon and thinly slice the other half
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of chopped fresh parsley (save some for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste




Directions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmth starts there.
  2. Lay the cod fillets on a greased baking dish as if they were going to bed, and gently pat them dry with an old kitchen towel.
  3. Melt the butter in a basin and whisk in the olive oil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, and a nice squeeze. Give it a good stir and a good community at harvest time.
  4. Carefully drizzle the seasoning mixture over the fish, making sure to flavor each piece.
  5. Add salt and pepper to the fish in the same way you would season a story: just enough to bring out the flavor, not too much.
  6. For visual appeal and a tangy taste, place thin slices of lemon on top of the fish, like the last piece of a quilt.
  7. Bake the fish uncovered in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is opaque and flakes lightly when tested with a fork. Do whatever makes your heart happy—reflect, make a side, whatever.
  8. Top with chopped parsley and serve right away, because genuine hospitality is not just about flavor but also about being there when you need it.

Tips and Variations:

  • If you’re feeling the cold of winter, try adding a splash of white wine to the baking dish just before cooking. It will provide a touch of depth and warmth.
  • If you’re in the mood for something heartier, or if your origins demand it, a sprinkle of paprika over the fish before baking can complement the delicate flavors.
  • If you’re trying to cut back on dairy but still want that decadent flavor, try using a little high-quality dairy-free butter.
  • Keep in mind that nothing but the freshest seafood and the most lovingly prepared meals will grace your table.




Enjoy!

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