Roast Cod with Garlic Bacon Butter is pan-seared, then finished in the oven! The seasoned butter topped fish tastes amazing, and is ready in under 20 minutes!
Roast Cod with Garlic Bacon Butter is pan-seared, then finished in an oven! The seasoned butter topped fish tastes amazing, and is ready in under 20 minutes!

Recently I found a recipe for roast cod on Pinterest that sounded good, so decided to make the dish for my husband and I. The part of the recipe that intrigued me was the seasoned garlic butter that topped the fish.

The original recipe called for a small amount of proscuitto to help flavor the garlic butter. When I made the roast cod, I didn’t have any proscuitto laying around my kitchen, begging to be used (story of my life).

However, I DID have bacon!  Since everything is better with bacon, I decided to improvise! A strip of bacon was cut into tiny pieces, quickly fried until crisp, then drained. I used the bacon in place of the proscuitto, and BOOM! This was a FANTASTIC substitute!

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Make The Garlic Bacon Butter For Roast Cod

To make the garlic bacon butter, place the ingredients in a small bowl. The ingredients include softened butter, flat leaf parsley, garlic, shallots, Dijon mustard, crisp, cooked and crumbled bacon, flour, salt and pepper. Stir well, to combine ingredients.

Mixing up the garlic bacon butter seasoning for roast cod, in small bowl.

Once the seasoned butter ingredients were combined, I added fresh squeezed lemon juice. Mix the butter once again to incorporate the juice, then set aside.

Fresh lemon juice is added to garlic bacon butter for roast cod.

Prepare The Fish

Lightly season the skinless cod fillets on one side with salt and pepper.   NOTE: The recipe, as written serves 4. However, I only cooked TWO pieces of cod for my husband and I, so my photos reflect that.

Cod fillets are seasoned with salt and pepper before roasting.

Heat canola (or vegetable oil) on medium high heat in a deep, large OVENPROOF skillet. I used a heavy cast iron skillet to cook the fish. Once the oil is very hot (but not smoking), add the fish.  Cook the seasoned cod fillets for 4 minutes without disturbing. After 4 minutes, carefully turn fillets over with a spatula. Cook cod fillets for 1 more minute.

Cod is pan-seared to a golden brown in skillet, before roasting in oven.

Tip For Cooking The Cod Fillets

TIP: The oils in the skillet may pop quite a bit, so you may find it helpful to use a splatter screen on top of the skillet to reduce any mess.

Roast cod is turned over in skillet halfway through the cooking process.

A splatter screen helps the oil not to splash out while cooking roast cod.

Continue Cooking The Cod

Flip fillets back over to the original side cooked (it should have the best color). Place a Tablespoon of the garlic bacon butter mixture on top of each piece of fish. Immediately put the ovenproof skillet and fish (uncovered) into a preheated 450°F oven. Roast cod in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through.  Remove pan with roast cod from oven.

Roast cod is topped with garlic bacon butter, then put into oven to finish cooking.

Add any leftover garlic bacon butter to the hot skillet. It will melt, and you can spoon the sauce over the roast cod when serving, for extra flavor!

Garlic bacon butter is added to skillet to melt, so it can be drizzled on roast cod.

Time To Eat Roast Cod With Garlic Bacon Butter

The roast cod was served with a green salad and some garden peas on the side. Ooh, the garlic bacon butter topping on the roast cod gave so much FLAVOR to the fish!

My husband and I absolutely LOVED our dinner! The pan-seared, roast cod was cooked perfectly, flaked easily, and tasted incredible, thanks to that yummy garlic bacon sauce!

Roast cod with garlic bacon butter is served with a salad and green peas.

TIP: When serving, if you want to “garnish” the fish a bit more, you can always add a couple slices of lemon to “pretty it up”. It’s not necessary, but would add another pop of color to the dish!

Roast cod with garlic bacon butter on a plate with peas and a green salad.

It really was easy to make this roast cod with bacon garlic butter! Hope you will consider making this delicious seafood dish for those you love.

Want More Recipes Using Cod Fillets?

If you enjoy cooking with cod fillets, I’ve got a few others!  I’m confident you will enjoy these recipes, too! They are very good, and are wonderful dishes that use this mild flavored fish.

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Recipe Adapted From: Alfred Portale, for Coastal Living, Gotham Bar and Grill, New York City, at https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast-cod-with-garlic-butter

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Roast Cod with Garlic Bacon Butter
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
19 mins
 

Roast Cod with Garlic Bacon Butter is pan-seared, then finished in the oven! The seasoned butter topped fish tastes amazing, and is ready in under 20 minutes!

Category: Dinner, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast cod
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 358 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Garlic Bacon Butter:
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1 large garlic clove , peeled and minced
  • Tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 slice bacon , cooked till crispy, crumbled
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt , to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper , to taste
For Cod
  • 4 7 ounce pieces cod fillets , skinless
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • Lemon wedges (optional garnish)
  • Salt & pepper , to lightly season fish
Instructions
Make Garlic Bacon Butter
  1. Place the ingredients in a small bowl (softened butter, flat leaf parsley, garlic, shallots, Dijon mustard, crisp, cooked and crumbled bacon, flour, salt and pepper. Stir to combine ingredients well. Once combined, add fresh squeezed lemon juice. Mix butter once again to incorporate juice, then set aside.

Cook Cod Fillets
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly season skinless cod fillets with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat canola (or vegetable oil) on medium high heat in a deep, large OVENPROOF skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), add the fish.  Cook the cod fillets for 4 minutes without disturbing. After 4 minutes, carefully turn fillets over with a spatula. Cook cod fillets for 1 more minute. TIP: The oils in the skillet may pop quite a bit, so you may find it helpful to use a splatter screen on top of the skillet to reduce any mess.

  3. Turn fillets back over to the original side cooked. Place a Tablespoon of garlic bacon butter mixture on top of each piece. Immediately put ovenproof skillet with fish (uncovered) into a preheated 450°F oven. Roast cod in oven for 3 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through.  Remove skillet from oven. Add any leftover garlic bacon butter to the hot skillet. It will melt, and you can spoon the sauce over the roast cod when serving, for extra flavor! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTES: If you wish to use proscuitto instead of bacon, use 1½ Tablespoons minced proscuitto (no need to cook).

Nutrition Facts
Roast Cod with Garlic Bacon Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 325mg14%
Potassium 830mg24%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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