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How to Bake Codfish

Cod is a delicious fish that will literally melt in your mouth when it is prepared correctly. While recipes vary, baking is widely understood as the best method of preparing cod for its health and taste benefits. This can be an extremely tender fish, but to get the maximum effect it is first necessary to make sure that the juices can be baked in.


  • Codfish
  • Spices to taste (salt, pepper, parsley, tarragon, or any desired)
  • Butter or butter-flavored spray


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    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
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    Clean the fish if necessary. Once the cod fish has been cleaned, pat gently with a clean paper towel to absorb any excess water, especially if the cod has been frozen and was recently defrosted.
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    Tear off a piece of aluminium foil about twice as long and twice as wide as each piece of cod fish. You will repeat this process for each piece of cod fish that you plan to bake.
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    Lay one piece of cod fish diagonally onto each piece of foil. Turn the edges of the foil up slightly so that you still have full access to the fish but so that no juices or ingredients can exit the foil.
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    Add any spices that you wish to add. This is a personal choice, but excellent additions to baked cod include: Salt, pepper, parsley, tarragon, or any other herbs and spices that you enjoy the taste of.
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    Add thinly sliced pats of butter (alternatively, you can add a butter flavor spray if you are trying to reduce the calorie and fat content in the dish) to the top of the cod fish.
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    Pull the sides of each foil packet up around the cod fish until you have made an envelope that completely encloses the fish. Fish should be tightly packaged and unable to shift or move inside the foil package.
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    Put all of the foil packets containing the cod onto a cookie sheet. Lay the foil packets side by side, not stacking any of them, to ensure that all the fish gets properly cooked.
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    Put the cookie sheet containing the cod packets into an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes.
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    Remove the cod packets from the oven and check each foil packet to ensure the fish has been properly cooked. Serve and enjoy!


  • Always use caution when opening the aluminium packets containing the baked cod. Since the fish has been steamed inside the packet, very hot steam can escape and cause injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • A cookie sheet
  • Oven

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Categories: Fish and Seafood