Lemon-Garlic Grilled Cod


This lemon-garlic grilled cod features charred lemon and garlic oil that adds an extra dimension to the moist and flaky fish.

Lemon-Garlic Grilled Cod
Photo: Photographer / Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist / Kay Clarke, Food Stylist / Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • cup grapeseed or avocado oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 (5 ounce) cod fillets (about 1 inch thick)

  • 2 lemons, halved crosswise

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Preheat grill to high. Whisk oil, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Thoroughly pat fish dry with paper towels; place the fish on a baking sheet. Brush about 1/4 cup garlic oil on both sides of the fish; reserve the remaining garlic oil. Let the fish stand while the grill preheats.

  2. Once the grill is preheated, thoroughly oil the grill rack (see Tip). Place lemon halves, cut-sides down, on the rack. Grill, uncovered, until the lemons are well charred on the cut sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.

  3. Meanwhile, place the fish in a grill basket. Place the basket directly onto the grill rack; grill for 4 minutes. Without flipping, brush the fish with the remaining garlic oil. Continue grilling until the fish is cooked through and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 145°F, 2 to 4 minutes. (The fish should release from the basket and be slightly flaky on the edges and opaque on top.) Transfer the fish to the plate with the lemons. Squeeze the lemons over the fish and sprinkle with chives.


To oil a hot grill rack, soak a paper towel in vegetable oil and hold it with tongs to rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)


Grill basket

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
19g Fat
3g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 fillet
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Vitamin A 43IU 1%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Vitamin D 28IU 7%
Vitamin E 6mg 40%
Folate 14mcg 4%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 392mg 17%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 371mg 8%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 3mcg 125%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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