Butter Poached Cod

A simple yet amazingly tasty recipe for cod!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Butter Poached Cod, Cod, fish, makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga, Pan Fried, recipes, seafood
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Food Category: Seafood
FoodOrDrink: Food


  • 2 ea Cod Filets
  • 6 tbs Butter
  • 2 tbs Oil Something with a higher smoke point ideally.
  • 1 ea Salt Kosher ideally.
  • 1 ea Creamy Dill Mustard Sauce See notes.
  • 1 ea Asparagus Optional – See notes.
  • 1 ea Capers To garnish.
  • 1 ea Chives To garnish.


  • Gather your ingredients. Trim your cod to make some pieces which are a bit on the thicker side and uniform.
  • Salt both sides of the fish. Cover and place in the fridge for 1+ hours.
  • When ready to start cooking, put the oil in a pan. Stainless works better than non-stick for this type of cook.
  • Warm the oil over high heat. Ensure the bottom of the pan is fully coated in oil.
  • While the oil heats, use a paper towel to wipe all excess moisture off the fish.
  • Right when the oil gets close to smoking, carefully place each piece of fish in the pan.
  • Once the fish has formed a nice crust (maybe 5 minutes or so), drop the heat to medium. Add the butter.
  • Be sure to keep the heat low enough to avoid burning the butter, but hot enough to keep cooking the fish. Constantly baste the fish with the butter. When the fish reaches your desired internal temp (145 deg for me), remove and plate.
  • For plating I put down the sauce first.
  • Then made a bed of asparagus.
  • And lastly placed the cod and garnished with capers and chives. Enjoy!


  • Click here for my Creamy Dill Mustard Sauce recipe.
  • Click here for my Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Recipe.
  • I’m a bit new to cooking seafood on the stove.  I think the technique I used in this recipe was a combination of pan frying and butter poaching.  Regardless, it turned out amazing!
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