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Pan-Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter

Pan-Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter
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The following recipe and photography was provided by Christina Musgrave of Tasting with Tina.

Take advantage of citrus season with this delicious cod dish! Fresh cod fillets are marinated in citrus juice and zest and then pan-fried until tender, resulting in vibrant flavor and melt-in-your mouth texture that simply can’t be beat .

Pan Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s versatile! You can reserve the remaining marinade and make a delicious citrus herb butter sauce to top the fish. Talk about an easy way to create big flavor! If you love seafood or have made a goal to eat more of it, start with this dish while citrus is in season!

Pan-Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter

Pan-Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter


  • 4 fresh cod fillets
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Heinen’s extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen’s unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. Heinen’s brown sugar
  • Fresh thyme, for serving
  • Fresh basil, for serving


  1. Lay the cod fillets in a shallow baking dish. Top with the orange zest, lemon zest, freshly squeezed orange juice, salt, black pepper and 2 Tbsp. of olive oil. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. of olive oil. Remove the fish from marinade and transfer to the pan. Reserve the marinade.
  3. Sear for 4 minutes per side, until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 145°F. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Pour the excess marinade into the pan. Add the unsalted butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Pour the sauce over fish and top with basil and thyme. Serve.

Pan Fried Cod with Citrus Herb Butter


Christina Musgrave

By Christina Musgrave

Christina Musgrave is a recipe developer, food photographer and food writer. She’s always looking forward to her next meal. Her blog, Tasting with Tina, is a celebration of easy yet delicious recipes that help busy families create delicious meals and memories in their homes.

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