Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers Seafood

Baked Cod is gently cooked in a lemon butter sauce and surrounded by roasted tomatoes and capers.

This is a perfect quick and easy fish recipe that can be ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s simple yet fresh and flavorful!

close up of cooked Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers in a pan

We love this recipe for Baked Cod.

  • It’s simple and fast!
  • The fish comes out tender and flaky every time.
  • It’s light fresh and a healthy alternative to red meat.

ingredients to make Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers


COD If fillets are too large, replace them with cod loins which are shorter but fatter. They will take longer to cook and a meat thermometer should be used to make sure they’re baked fully through. Both cuts of cod can be found fresh or frozen!

SAUCE Lemon juice and butter are an ideal match for the mild, buttery flavor of cod.

TOMATOES Roasted tomatoes give the dish a savory flavor and a pop of color.

BASIL Fresh herbs are the perfect way to End off this dish before serving.

Variation: A light, breaded topping can be made by combining some Panko breadcrumbs with olive oil, lemon zest and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the fish before baking.

PRO TIP: Place the baked fish under the broiler for 1 minute for an extra crunchy crust on the top.

oil and tomatoes in a pan to make Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers

How to Bake Cod

It’s so easy to make this luscious and flaky cod, and it just takes a few quick prep steps to perfect fish!

  1. Toss cod with lemon juice & 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a bowl. Chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Toss tomatoes with remaining olive oil, garlic, basil, capers, salt, & pepper; roast.
  3. Nestle the cod with roasted tomatoes & capers, drizzle butter over the cod, bake according to the recipe below.

chicken and tomatoe mixture in a pan to make Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers

What to Serve with Baked Cod

  • Roasted Potatoes and Carrots, Creamy Beet Pasta Egg Noodles, or low-carb Creamy Zucchini Noodles.
  • For veggie sides, we Like Roasted Brussels Sprouts(which can be cooked right with the tomatoes),
  • And for a salad, try a light and Classic Wedge Salad or Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.


  • Keep leftover cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. It makes great leftovers as Fish Tacos!
  • Reheat in the microwave, serve cold over a salad, or tuck into a wrap for a workday lunch.
  • Cod can be frozen for up to two months if wrapped tightly, but the texture won’t be the same once it’s thawed. In this case, use it in soups or stews.

Our Fave Fish Dishes

  • Air Fryer Fish & Chips – use fresh or frozen fillets
  • Salmon Croquettes – baked or fried
  • Teriyaki Salmon – 30 minute meal
  • Baked Fish Nuggets – perfect for dipping
  • Air Fryer Salmon – tender or flaky

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close up of cooked Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers in a pan

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Review Recipe

Baked Cod

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Baked cod with cherry tomatoes & seasonings is a healthy, flavorful entree that’s ready in 30 minutes!
Print Recipe


  • 4 cod filets 5-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • fresh parsley and basil for serving optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss cod with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Place in the refrigerator.
  • Toss tomatoes with remaining tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, basil, capers, and salt & pepper to taste. Place in a 9×13 pan and roast 10 minutes.
  • Remove cod from the fridge and nestle in the pan with the tomatoes. Drizzle melted butter over cod.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or just until opaque and the fish flakes easily. Do not overcook.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley and basil before serving.

Recipe Notes

If your fish filets are thicker they will Ask for more time.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 838, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 161g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 402mg, Sodium: 655mg, Potassium: 3901mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 908IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 162mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Capers Seafood

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