Pan-Seared Cod

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Cod has a soft, buttery appeal that goes with cilantro, onions and crunchy pine nuts. This pan-seared cod is the easiest preparation I’ve found. —Lucy Lu Wang, Seattle, Washington
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  • 2 cod fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts or sliced almonds


  1. Pat cod dry with paper towels; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Brown fillets lightly on both sides; remove from pan.
  2. In same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, 4-5 minutes. Stir in wine; cook until onion is lightly browned, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes longer. Return cod to pan. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove cod from pan. Stir cilantro and pine nuts into onion; serve with fish.

One-Skillet Pasta Tips

How do you know when cod is done?

When the fish starts to look solid white, reaches an internal temp of about 145° F and flakes easily with a fork. This rule of thumb is true for most fish recipes.

What should I serve with cod?

Your fish will pair well with sides like:

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet with 1/4 cup onion mixture: 378 calories, 24g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 691mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.