This simple cod fillet is grilled quickly for just 3 minutes a side and basted in a savory butter sauce. It is pictured here with tartar sauced, lemon and grilled asparagus.
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Easy Grilled Cod

This delicious grilled cod is slathered in a savory butter sauce and then perfectly grilled for a light smoky flavor. It makes for a quick and easy 15-minute dinner on a weeknight or a lovely holiday weekend grilling project. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy grilling, easy grilling, grilled cod
Servings: 4
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Mirlandra


  • 3 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh chives or green onion
  • 1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning I use Tony Chaachere – see note
  • Olive oil
  • Oil for grill
  • 2 cod fillets 8oz each
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges


  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. (If grates are dirty scrub them well after the grill is fully preheated.) Oil the grill grates well.
  • In a small bowl whisk together melted butter, chives or green onion and Cajun seasoning.
  • Drizzle both sides of each fish filet with olive oil.
  • Place fish onto oiled grated and use a brush to brush on several layers of the butter sauce. After about 3 minutes the fish will be starting to turn opaque and flaky. Use a firm, quick motion to slide the spatula under the fillet and flip it over. Baste the other side with butter sauce and continue grilling about 3 more minutes. The fish should be turning golden brown and the translucent look will be gone. As it cooks the fish will start to appear flaky which is a good indicator of doneness.
  • Allow Cod to rest off heat for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with lemon wedges, and tartar sauce.


This is not a spicy or Cajun flavored recipe. Using a small amount like this basically gives you a good quality seasoning salt effect. If you want to switch it out you can use a good quality sea salt or seasoning salt instead. Consider grinding a bit of black pepper on too if you make the switch.


Calories: 449kcal | Protein: 80g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 1858mg | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.8mg