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Craving a simple, healthy seafood meal for one? Try our Single Serving Baked Cod recipe. It’s a quick and easy dish, combining a tender cod fillet with tasty chermoula on a bed of roasted red-skinned potatoes. Ready in just 30 minutes on a single pan, it offers minimal cleanup. Ideal for a flavorful, hassle-free dinner.

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Why You’ll Love This Baked Cod Recipe

  1. Easy to Make: With minimal prep and a 30-minute bake time, this cod recipe is perfect for busy evenings.
  2. Flavorful: The chermoula brings a fresh, aromatic taste that perfectly complements the mild cod.
  3. Healthy: Packed with protein and good fats, it’s a nutritious option for any meal.
  4. One-Pan Wonder: Everything cooks together on one sheet, meaning less cleaning up.
  5. Quick and Convenient: Ideal for when you want a gourmet meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

What Is Chermoula?

Chermoula is a zesty, herb-based condiment, often likened to pesto. Originating from North African cuisine, it’s typically made with fresh cilantro, parsley, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and a blend of spices. This versatile sauce adds a burst of flavor to seafood, meat, or vegetables.

a bowl of chermoula on a brown table next to a blue and white kitchen towel.

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If you have any ingredients leftover from this Baked Cod with Chermoula recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Freshness is key. Use basil or mint for a different flavor profile.
  • Garlic: Essential for flavor. If unavailable, garlic powder can be used.
  • Spices (Cumin, Paprika, Coriander, Cayenne): Create the chermoula’s distinctive taste. Adjust quantities to suit your palate or substitute with pre-made Moroccan spice blends.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds freshness. Lime juice works as an alternative.
  • Olive Oil: For a smooth texture. Other mild oils like avocado oil can substitute.
  • Cod: Fresh or frozen (thawed) works. Swap with another white fish like haddock if preferred.
  • Red-Skinned Potatoes: For a hearty side. Try other root vegetables for variation.

Recipe Variations

Personalize this dish with these variations:

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of chili flakes to the chermoula for extra heat.
  • Mediterranean Twist: Include olives and capers in the baking sheet for a Mediterranean flavor.
  • Veggie Boost: Add cherry tomatoes to the baking sheet in the last 10 minutes of baking.
  • Creamy Topping: Top the baked cod with a dollop of tzatziki for a creamy contrast.
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How To Serve Baked Cod

Transform your meal with these serving ideas:

  • With a Cucumber Salad: Pair with a crunchy salad for a light, balanced meal.
  • Squeeze of Lemon: Enhance the fish’s flavor with a fresh lemon squeeze right before serving.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Serve alongside roasted Brussels sprouts or cabbage for added nutrition and color.
  • Quinoa or Rice: For a heartier meal, add a side of cooked quinoa or brown rice.

Expert Tips

  • Evenly Cut Potatoes: Ensure potatoes are diced uniformly for consistent cooking.
  • Chermoula Balance: Taste the chermoula before adding to fish, adjusting spices as needed.
  • Fish Doneness: Check the cod at 25 minutes. It should flake easily with a fork when done.
  • Resting Time: Let the dish rest for a few minutes after removing from the oven for enhanced flavors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make chermoula without a food processor?

Yes, finely chop the herbs and garlic and mix with the spices, lemon juice, and oil.

How long can I store leftover baked cod?

Ideally, consume immediately. If needed, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Can I freeze baked cod?

Freezing is not recommended as it may alter the texture of the fish and potatoes.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Baked Cod With Chermoula For One

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Create a mouthwatering single serving Baked Cod with Chermoula in just 30 minutes! Easy, healthy, and cooked on one pan for a hassle-free meal.


  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • teaspoon ground coriander
  • pinch cayenne pepper (use less than ⅛ tsp)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) cod fillet
  • 6 ounces red skinned potatoes , scrubbed and diced


  • Preheat Oven: Heat your oven to 350°F (177 degrees C).
  • Make Chermoula: Combine cilantro, parsley, garlic, spices, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
  • Prepare Cod and Potatoes: Place the cod on a lightly greased baking sheet, seasoning with a pinch of salt. Scatter diced red potatoes around the cod.
  • Top with Chermoula: Spoon the chermoula over both the cod and potatoes.
  • Bake: Let it bake for 25-30 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
  • Serve: Remove from the oven and plate the fish and potatoes. Ready to enjoy!



  • Evenly Cut Potatoes: Ensure potatoes are diced uniformly for consistent cooking.
  • Chermoula Balance: Taste the chermoula before adding to fish, adjusting spices as needed.
  • Fish Doneness: Check the cod at 25 minutes. It should flake easily with a fork when done.
  • Resting Time: Let the dish rest for a few minutes after removing from the oven for enhanced flavors.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 618kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 636mg, Potassium: 981mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 3315IU, Vitamin C: 59.6mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 3.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Mmmm this cod & potato recipe looks so delicious! I’ll definitely be saving it to Pinterest and trying it sometime soon! Thanks for the inspo!

  2. I’m going to have to make this Chermoula the next time I make fish. This looks amazing, and now my stomach is growling. Pinned for later.

  3. I absolutely love baked fish, but I’ve never made my own chermoula before! So going to give this a try the next time I have some cod.

  4. Your dinner of baked cod with potatoes looks so delicious! I would love to follow your recipe and enjoy this yummy meal one day this month. Thanks so much for sharing it. 🙂

  5. Cod is one of my favorite fishes. I have been looking for more recipes to utilize this awesome fish. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Crazy thing. I just looked in my fridge and saw a tub of pesto, thinking what am I going to make with it? Chermoula from the way you describe it sounds like pesto. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Ohhh this looks so good! My daughter is a vegetarian turned pescatarian so I am always on the lookout for new fish recipes. Pinning this one for later!

    1. Thank you so much, Daneen. I hope your daughter loves the recipe – the flavors in the chermoula are amazing!