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This baked fish is coated with an easy lemon-garlic butter and baked to tender perfection. So quick and easy to make but loaded with flavor. Simple but delicious.

A close up of lemon garlic butter spooned over baked fish

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Less than 20 minutes in the oven gets you delicious, mouthwatering, flavorful baked fish. Pair it with air fryer potatoes or green beans almondine for an incredible, easy meal!
  • This recipe uses any white fish you like, which is super budget-friendly. I don’t know about you, but I am all. for. an easy, delicious recipe that’s easy to make AND easy on the wallet!
  • Baked fish is super nutritious! Besides all of the amazing vitamins and nutrients found in fish, this recipe is naturally gluten-free and low carb, and one serving contains roughly 29 grams of protein.
  • Any leftovers will make a fantastic lunch the next day! Refrigerate your leftover baked fish in an airtight container for 3 days max. To reheat, let the fish come to room temperature while the oven preheats to 350° Fahrenheit. When the oven’s ready, bake the fish for 8-10 minutes, until just heated through. Add a little more lemon-garlic butter if the reheated fish seems dry.

Key Ingredients

Fish – This baked fish recipe works for any type of white fish. Tilapia, halibut, cod, snapper, grouper, any white-fleshed fish will work!

Lemon – I love, love, love the way the bright, crispy citrus flavor from the lemon pairs with fish. It’s classic! Of course, we step it up a little by incorporating the lemon juice into the butter, making it as rich and creamy as it is tangy.

Chef’s Tips

  • If you have access to fresh wild-caught fish, absolutely use it! If not, frozen fish will be just fine. Frozen fish are usually processed and frozen not long after being caught, so it’s often just as good as fish from the counter.
  • Fish cooks really quickly, but cook times will vary from one oven to another. The thickness of your fish fillet makes a difference, too! The easiest way to tell your baked fish is ready is to check its flakiness. Insert a fork into the thickest part of the fillet at a 45° angle, then twist the fork and pull up a little. If the fish flakes easily, and the flakes are opaque, then your fish is ready! If the fish resists and is still a little translucent, keep cooking – but keep an eye on it, because it’ll cook fast!
  • Want more flavor? Add a little rosemary, basil, paprika, Italian seasoning, or Cajun seasoning when you sprinkle the salt and pepper on the fillet.
Baked fish with lemon garlic butter sauce and slices of lemon on a white platter

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.50 from 4 votes

Baked Fish with Lemon-Garlic Butter

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
This baked fish is coated with an easy lemon-garlic butter and baked to tender perfection. So quick and easy to make but loaded with flavor. Simple but delicious.
4 servings


  • Small bowl
  • whisk
  • 11×17 baking dish
  • Aluminum Foil


For the Lemon-Garlic Butter

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the Fish

  • 1 ¼ pounds fish fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • parsley optional, chopped, for serving
  • lemon slices optional, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
  • Place fish in greased baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle lemon-garlic butter over fish.
    Uncooked fish in a baking dish, covered with lemon-garlic butter
  • Cover dish with foil. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Divide into portions, top with lemon slices and parsley (optional), and serve.
    Baked fish topped with parsley and lemon slices in a white baking dish
  • Make it Whole30/Paleo/Lactose-Free: Use ghee instead of butter. For Whole30, watch for added sulfites if using bottled lemon juice.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Nutritional values shown reflect information for 1 serving. Macros may vary slightly depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.
To determine the size of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed, then weigh the entire recipe when finished. Divide the total weight (not including the weight of the bowl, pot, or plate the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 215calProtein: 29gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 730mgPotassium: 442mgTotal Carbs: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 263IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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      1. So easy and so delicious!!! My family love any white fish when I use this recipe. I also cook scallops and shrimp this way and it’s so good!5 stars

  1. The flavor and the texture of the fish was okay. I used fresh off the boat fish, as I live in a harbor town. It went into the oven looking just like the picture, but came out nearly submerged in watery liquid. No yellow sauce like the photo. i did pat the fish down before baking. The flavor was very mild and rather watery, too.3 stars

    1. We’re sorry this didn’t turn out for you, but thank you for the feedback. Store-bought fish do tend to be a bit drier than fresh fish, so that could have been the issue.5 stars

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