This easy cod bake is a simple fish dish, bursting with flavours of coriander, lime, garlic and chilli. It’s all made in one pan and baked in the oven.
Brilliant for a quick, hands-off dinner. It works great with any chunky white fish and salmon too!

A pan full of coriander lime cod bake, garnished with parsley and slices of lemon on a table
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Did someone say Fish Friday?

I’m always trying to get more fish into our diet, and if any fish dish is going to get us around the table after a long hard week, then this is it!

I do think cod can have a tendency to be a little bit flavourless, so it really needs some punchy ingredients to make it sing.
The amazing flavour combo of garlic, coriander, lime and chilli does just that.

📋 What do we need?

labelled ingredients for cod bake on a wooden board.

I used fresh cod fillets, but you can use any chunky white fish like Pollack or Haddock or you could even use salmon.

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Make up the dry mix first, which is a mixture of salt, pepper, ground coriander, paprika, sesame seeds and chilli flakes.
  2. Next make the paste by blending up fresh coriander, garlic, olive oil and lime juice.
  3. Spread the paste on and around the cod fillets and then sprinkle with the dry mix.
  4. Arrange slices of lime around the cod and drizzle with a little more oil, then place in the oven for 14 – 16 minutes before garnishing with fresh coriander.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Don’t overcook the cod fillets, keep an eye on them after the first 10 minutes, to ensure they are cooked through but remain moist and juicy.

The flavour paste gives the cod a gorgeous little crust, keeping the inside soft and the juices just need some good bread to mop up with (or potatoes would be good too).

A close up photo of coriander lime cod bake from above, slices of lemon tucked around and fresh coriander to the side

🍽️ What to serve it with

A lovely light dinner, that I most often serve a salad, so I’ve got plenty of room for dessert (Sticky Toffee Pudding anyone?).

A black plate with coriander lime cod bake served on a bed of coriander and sliced lemon

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5 from 8 votes

Easy Cod Bake with Coriander and Lime

This easy cod bake is a dinner, bursting with flavours of coriander, lime, garlic and chilli. All made in one pan in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • 4 skinless cod fillets about 600g or 1.3lbs altogether
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mixed black and white sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Coriander Lime Paste:

  • 50 g (1 1/4 packed cups) fresh coriander (cilantro) roughly torn or chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime about 2 tbsp

To Serve:

  • small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)
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  • Preheat the oven to 220C/425F (fan).
  • Place the cod fillets in a baking dish.
    4 skinless cod fillets
  • Mix together the salt, pepper, ground coriander, paprika, sesame seeds, and chilli flakes and put to one side. This is your dry mixture.
    ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp ground coriander, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp mixed black and white sesame seeds, ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • Make the coriander lime paste by placing the coriander, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice in a mini food processor and pulse until fairly finely chopped. Alternatively, you can finely chop the coriander, and mix it with the other sauce ingredients.
    50 g (1 1/4 packed cups) fresh coriander (cilantro), 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of 1 lime
  • Spread the coriander lime paste on and around the cod fillets.
  • Sprinkle the dry mixture over the cod fillets.
  • Arrange slices of lime around the cod.
    1 lime
  • Drizzle on the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil.
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • Place in the oven for 14-16 minutes, until the cod is cooked through.
  • Serve topped with fresh coriander.
    small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)



Can I make it ahead?
Fresh fish its always best eaten freshly cooked so it’s lovely and juicy. I wouldn’t recommend making this recipe ahead.
However, you can make the dry mix ahead. You could also make the paste up to a day ahead (it will start to lose it’s lovely green colour if made too far ahead).
Ingredient swaps
Try swapping the cod for haddock or salmon. You could also add some fresh breadcrumbs to the dry sprinkle mix for a crispy topping.
How to scale up and scale down this recipe
This recipe can be doubled up for a crowd or halved for two people, sticking to the same ingredient ratios.
Nutritional information is approximate, per portion (this recipe serves 4). This doesn’t include any servings suggestions of rice etc.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1390IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Adrian says:

    5 stars
    I love the simplicity of this recipe and it’s a wonderful way to enhance especially white fish.

  2. Anne Armstrong says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love the simplicity of this recipe to make and absolutely love the taste. Such an easy dinner party fall back. Thank you xx

  3. Emma says:

    5 stars
    Hi Nicky, super recipe! I was all set to make as per and then my son asked for chicken…ugh!!
    So that’s what I did, it was really lovely! Obviously increased baking time, served over lime coriander rice with a side salad dressed with sesame oil, rice vinegar and sesame seeds. It was inhaled in under 5 minutes!
    Love your recipes, they’re so versatile!

  4. Paula TONGE says:

    5 stars
    Did this for my family. Dont usually cook much Fish but this was easy and everyone loved it and definitely wanted me to do it again. Thanks for the great recipe

  5. Ros Baron says:

    Simply delicious cod coriander and lime recipe – so quick, easy and flavoursome – real winner with teens.

  6. Cortni says:

    5 stars
    This was SO easy to make and flavorful! I am newer at trying my hand at recipes but love flavorful dishes and this was the perfect mix of making me look like a pro, delivering on taste, and easy! Not to mention a dish with simple cleanup is everything!!

  7. Susan Marie Lyrla says:

    one film shows the dry ingredients on top of the cod, then the coriander paste goes on second. On You Tube, where the cook is not visible, the paste is first then the dry ingredients. What a screw up!!!! It was a fight with my husband on what was right and what was wrong. If you can’t put the correct ingredients in line, don’t show the film where the cook is indicating how to cook the cod. Also on You Tube, you are missing .3 on the instructions.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Hi Susan, we’ve only filmed one video of this recipe – it’s the same one on the site and on You Tube. I’m visible in both of those videos. We have a shortened version that we use for Instagram, but it’s still in the same order.
      The paste is always first.
      Could you have been looking at someone else’s video on YouTube?

  8. Lainey says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, with salmon as it was easier to get in our local supermarket and I didn’t have time to go to a fishmonger. I always have coriander as it’s our guinea pigs’ favourite, but I did feel a wee bit guilty using so much of it 🙂
    The family enjoyed it and next time I will try to find cod fillets to compare. The salmon was delicius, but we’re fans of salmon anyway.

  9. Shirley says:

    5 stars
    Delicious Nicky. Thank you very much.

  10. nicky says:

    5 stars
    Hi nicky,
    I made the coriander lime cod bake one pan meal tonight . It was wonderful meal and will made it again