Recipe: Poor Man's Lobster (Butter-Baked Cod)

Recipe courtesy of The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas

Published by Chronicle Books

Poor Man's Lobster (Butter-Baked Cod)

I recall being served this cod casserole many years ago, when it was all the rage among Norwegian Americans. It was served with boiled buttered potatoes and pickled beets (for color).

This is a simple and delicious recipe that works well with most flaky white fish, and all you really need is a good oven-to-table baking dish!

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cod fillets, or frozen fillets, thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Fresh parsley sprigs for garnish
  • Lemon slices for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the fish in a shallow casserole. Pour half of the melted butter over the fillets. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Place the fish in the oven and bake , uncovered, basting occasionally, until the fish flakes with a fork, about 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley. Serve with lemon slices and the remaining melted butter for dipping.

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