Roasted Chili-Lime Cod

Cod and cod again. Of course, cod is delicious and preferably Icelandic sustainable quality cod. So cod is the first choice, but you can use other species of white fish.
Roasted Chili-Lime Cod starts with a flavorful dry rub using spices that you probably already have in your pantry. Paprika, parsley, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and a little cayenne pepper all combine for a flavor explosion! This rub will work on all kinds of fish, but I used cod because I had some filets on hand. This rub would be great on any white fish, salmon, shrimp, or even chicken!


1 Teaspoon Paprika

1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley

½ Teaspoon Oregano

½ Teaspoon Chili Powder

½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ Teaspoon Cumin

¼ Teaspoon Salt

¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided

2 Cod Fillets*

1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter, or use ghee for Paleo & Whole30

Zest and Juice of 2 Limes

Cooked Rice, Quinoa, or Cauliflower Rice, for serving

Your Favorite Vegetable, for serving


In a small bowl combine all of the spices and mix well. Using 1 tablespoon of olive oil, brush the cod filets and then rub the filets with the spice mixture. You will use the entire rub – so make sure to coat them very well. Refrigerate the cod filets for at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450º. Place the cod filets on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes – the fish will flake easily and be opaque throughout when it’s cooked through.

Meanwhile in a small saucepot, melt the butter with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the lime zest and juice and swirl the pan to mix. Serve the cod overtop of your chosen accompaniments and top with the lime butter.


This recipe is for 2 servings. If you want more you can adjust the spices as necessary – they are very easy to double. You can even double or quadruple the recipe and store any extra in an airtight container to have on hand. This rub will work on all kinds of fish or poultry – it’s a good one to have in your pantry!

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