This healthy oven baked cod recipe is so simple and tasty! Flaky cod fish is sprinkled with seasonings, and is then placed in the oven to bake while you make the simple salad. It’s one of the best cod recipes baked in the oven because it only takes a few minutes to prep and is SUPER healthy!
What Does This Baked Cod Recipe Taste Like?
Soft baby kale is tossed with bright, raw red onion, juicy tomatoes and crunchy sliced carrots for the perfect balance of textures and acidity.
Solid warm hard boiled eggs finish the greens and provide this dinner salad recipe with more filling protein.
The lean and flaky cod is hearty yet delicate, and is carefully laid over the bed of salad.
Homemade lemony Caesar salad dressing is drizzled over the salad with fish for a creamy and bright finish.
How To Cook Cod
Do you only have 5 minutes to prep? No problem! This healthy fish dinner is SO easy to make! Scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and instructions.
- For the baked cod fillets, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. 400 degrees F is the best temperature for baking cod. Sprinkle the top and sides of the cod with dried dill and garlic powder. Place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and place in the oven.
- How long to bake cod? Cook it until the fish is flaky and cooked through, about 12-15 minutes, depending on the size and thickness.
- Prepare the salad. Toss baby kale with red onion, carrots and tomatoes. Place chopped hard boiled eggs around the boarder of the serving bowl.
- Make the homemade Caesar salad dressing: place egg yolks, minced garlic, lemon juice, mustard and anchovy paste in a dressing bowl and whisk until combined. Gradually begin adding the oil while continuing to whisk until the dressing is thick and emulsified.
- When the fish is done cooking, remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully place the cod the center of the salad. Top the salad with microgreens and chives, and serve with the caesar salad dressing! Enjoy!
What Makes This A Healthy Dinner Salad?
This unique and filling salad is not just a pretty plate! It is LOADED with nutrients to fuel your body and keep you energized!
|Kale is a super food that is extremely nutrient rich. One cup has 134% daily value of vitamin C, 684% daily value of vitamin K, 206% daily value of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and so much more! The antioxidants found in kale have been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and potential anti-cancer properties. Read more HERE
|One lemon has 30.7 mg of vitamin C! That’s a little under half of the daily recommended value! Lemon juice also helps to improve the absorption of iron from plant foods. Feel free to squeeze a little extra into your caesar dressing for more vitamin C!
|Just because we use them as a salad topper doesn’t mean they don’t provide loads of healthy benefits! Many microgreens can be found to have zinc, magnesium, potassium and iron. They aid the body in fighting free radicals with their antioxidants, and micro greens nutrients are highly concentrated when compared to mature greens, meaning they contain more of the recommended daily amount of vital nutrients.
|The star of this salad is also SO good for you! 4 oz of cod has only 138 calories and can contain a whopping 24 grams of protein! Cod is actually fairly low in mercury, contains b vitamins and is a good source of vital minerals like phosphorus and selenium.
|Eggs, similar to cod, are also high in b vitamins and protein. Just one egg contains 6 grams of protein! They also contain choline, an important nutrient that many people are deficient in.
When TO Serve This Healthy Cod Recipe
It’s beautiful and bright, so it makes a great salad for:
Frequently Asked Questions
You can definitely omit the anchovies if you want to. But when used properly, they can really elevate a dish. To be quite honest, Caesar salad dressing tastes nothing like plain anchovies. If you have ever had Caesar salads at a restaurant, then you have likely already had caesar salad dressing with anchovies! So I say put your preconceived notions about anchovies to the side and give it a try with the anchovy paste! But it’s totally up to you.
Similarly to the above question, if you have had caesar salad dressing at a restaurant than you likely already had raw eggs in your dressing. That is how it is traditionally made. In California, it was actually illegal to consume Caesar salad for a while because of this exact reason! The law was remediated in 1998, and Caesar salad is now thriving again on the west coast. The choice is really up to you. If you are worried about consuming raw eggs, then it is totally acceptable to use store bought dressing, or to make your own without eggs.
If you put the two together, you wouldn’t even think they were from the same plant! The same goes for their texture and flavor. I like baby kale for salads like this because it is soft, easy to eat and the flavor doesn’t overpower the fish. But regular kale is totally fine too! Just note that it will be much denser, with a stronger, more bitter flavor. To soften it, try massaging it with your hands, or quickly blanching it (then drying).
It can be! Every ingredient, with the exception of eggs, is Mediterranean diet friendly. Eggs are encouraged to be consumed in moderation, along with dairy. So it is up to you if you want to include them when you make it.
You definitely can! Safely thaw them, and and pat them dry before using.
What’s The Difference Between A Cod Fillet & A Cod Loin?
How To Store Baked Cod Salad
Since we use raw eggs in the homemade dressing, I would not recommend keeping the dressing past 24 hours. To store it, place it in an airtight dressing jar or container in the refrigerator.
Baked cod also does not keep well past 24 hours, so store the cooked fish separately from the salad in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. But I recommend eating it right away.
To Serve It For A Family Or Gathering
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Healthy Oven Baked Cod Recipe
- 16 oz cod loin, cut into two equal portions (adjust according to amount of servings needed)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 10 oz baby kale salad
- 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp finely sliced red onion
- 10 baby carrots, sliced into medallions, OR one large carrot sliced into medallions
- 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 small handfuls of microgreens (I used purple radish microgreens)
- 1 small pinch of chives (optional)
Ingredients For Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
- 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed through garlic press
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
- fresh ground black pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare the cod: Place the cod fillets on a parchment lined baking sheet, and sprinkle the top and sides with the dried dill and garlic powder. Drizzle with about 1 tbsp of olive oil per fillet, and place the baking sheet in the oven. Cook until the cod is fully cooked through and flaky, which is about 12-15 minutes, depending on size and thickness.
- Prepare the salad: Toss baby kale with red onion, carrots and tomatoes. Place chopped hard boiled eggs around the boarder of the serving bowl.
- Make the dressing: Place egg yolks, minced garlic, lemon juice, mustard and anchovy paste in a dressing bowl and whisk until combined, about 60 seconds of hand whisking. Gradually begin adding the olive oil while continuing to whisk until the dressing is thick and fully emulsified. Do the same thing for the vegetable oil. Taste and adjust lemon, salt/pepper as needed.
- Plate: When the fish is done cooking, carefully place the cod fillets in the center of the salad. Top the salad with microgreens and chives, and serve with the caesar salad dressing! Enjoy!
- Since we use raw eggs in the homemade dressing, I would not recommend keeping the dressing past 24 hours. To store it, place it in an airtight dressing jar or container in the refrigerator.
- Fish also does not keep well past 24 hours, so store the cooked fish separately from the salad in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. But I recommend eating it right away.