An easy baked cod recipe that comes together in 25 minutes! Bold Mediterranean flavors from fresh cilantro, garlic and lemon juice.

Plate with Baked Cod garnished with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto

If you were trapped on a desert island, what is the one food you must have along? For me, it will always be fish. Seafood, in general. Top of the list: cod. I would also make sure I had some lemons and garlic. And I guess a bit of white wine would be good-- not that one can be choosy if trapped on a desert island!

I actually keep a supply of individually packaged cod fillets in my freezer at all times. When I am in a time crunch, which is often, I can count on a quick cod recipe like today's.

Cod is quite a versatile fish. Because it is a dense, lean fish with a very mild flavor-- meaning, not too "fishy"-- cod makes the perfect canvas for bold flavors. A cod dinner can be different every time, really.

Pistachio Cilantro Pesto and diced tomatoes on top of baked cod

In today's baked cod recipe, I chose to spice the fish fillets very lightly with salt and pepper to start with. And while the fish baked, I diced some Roma tomatoes and made, what is now one of my favorite condiments, pistachio cilantro pesto, to top the baked fish fillets with. fresh cilantro, garlic, and lemon from the pesto add enough flavor in this cod recipe. The pistachio supplies a little nuttiness, color and texture.

One quick note: Although the recipe calls for only 1 large garlic clove, it can still be overpowering to those who are not too keen on fresh garlic. One way to take the "garlicy" edge off, is to roast the garlic briefly in the oven with the fish (no more than 5 mins).

Of all the cod recipes out there, this has got to be the easiest!

Here's today's cod recipe. Be sure to scroll down for the step-by-step tutorial with photos.

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Baked Cod Recipe with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto | The Mediterranean Dish. A 25-minute baked cod dinner with bold flavors from cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice. See the two-step recipe on The Mediterranean Dish today!

Easy Baked Cod Recipe with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto


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An easy baked cod recipe that comes together in 25 minutes! Bold Mediterranean flavors from fresh cilantro, garlic and lemon juice.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4-6 Cod fillet pieces about 4-oz each
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced

For the Pistachio Cilantro Pesto:

  • 2 packed cups fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • ⅓ cup salted shelled pistachios
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat the fish fillets dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides, then place on a lightly oiled baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the heated oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pistachio cilantro pesto. Place the cilantro, shelled pistachio and garlic in your food processor. Pulse until well-chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  4. When ready, remove the baked cod fillets from the oven and arrange them on a serving platter or individual dishes. Top each fish fillet with a generous spoonful of the pistachio cilantro pesto, then add the diced tomatoes. Enjoy with a side of rice, quinoa or couscous.

Notes

  • Cooking Tip: If you are not too keen on the taste of fresh garlic, you can add the garlic to roast with the fish for just 5 minutes; this should help take the edge off.
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Baked Cod, Cod, Cod Fillets, Mediterranean Fish Dish, Pistachio Cilantro Pesto, Pesto, Cod with Pesto

Step-by-step for today's baked cod recipe:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pat the fish fillets dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides, then place on a lightly oiled baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the heated oven for 20 minutes.

Pieces of cod on baking sheet ready to be baked

Meanwhile, prepare the pistachio cilantro pesto. Place the cilantro, chopped pistachios and garlic in your food processor. Pulse until well-chopped. Add the remaining pesto ingredients and blend until smooth.
Ingredients for Pistachio Cilantro Pesto combined in a food processor

When ready, remove the cod fillets from the oven and arrange them on a serving platter or individual dishes. Top each fish fillet with a generous spoonful of the pistachio cilantro pesto, then add the diced tomatoes. Enjoy with a side of rice, quinoa or couscous.

Pesto and tomatoes drizzled over baked cod

 

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Baked Cod Recipe with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto | The Mediterranean Dish. A 25-minute baked cod dinner with bold flavors from cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice. See the two-step recipe on The Mediterranean Dish today!

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  1. Great Recipe! I made my husband pick up everything on the way home from work so I could make it right away!
    Made exactly as recipe states.

  2. This was amazing! We had pesto leftover, so we made more cod the next night and ate it again. Absolutely delicious!

    1. Yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Always great to use up that leftover pesto!

  3. We had this on Sunday and we were raving about it. Can't wait to make it again. The best pesto ever!! Thanks for a great recipe!!

  4. Oh my goodness Suzy!! I tried this tonight and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The pesto was fantastic! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

  5. I have been thinking about this dish ever since I saw it. I have cod in the freezer and have to make this right away, delish!

  6. Looks easy, delicious and nutritious. Definitely DINNER TONIGHT .
    I do not work on Mondays and your blog always saves my life (I am the worst cook ever)
    Can I use halibut instead, thanks.

    1. Hi Eleonora! Yes, you can surely use halibut instead. Happy cookin! Thank you for your kind note 🙂

  7. Ohhh I love that pesto!!! Such an awesome flavor combo!!! I am betting it would taste great on almost anything 🙂

  8. Made this last night with Tilapia and it was wonderful. Served with peas and quinoa as suggested. I recieved many complements. Thank you!

    Your blog is such a help in my quest to get healthy. My nephrologists ordered me to loose weight and to do it on a Mediterranean diet. After much research and web searching I found you and your blog. You have become a friend in my kitchen and on this journey. Thank you

    1. Wow, Janet! It made my day to read your thoughtful comment. I am so glad I can be of help to you. Thank you for sharing. And happy cookin!

  9. One of the most beautiful food photos I've seen.....WOW! The recipe sounds so good. Pinned. Thanks for sharing.