Grilled Cod with Lemon-Dill Butter


Total Time: 25 min

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 10 min

Serves: 4


The cod cooks on a layer of lemon slices, which not only adds great flavor but also prevents the fish from sticking to the grill. The combination of butter, lemon, and fresh dill is a big winner, but if you aren’t a dill fan, basil or tarragon would also be lovely. The combination of butter, lemon, and dill creates a sophisticated sauce that comes together in minutes yet tastes like you spent hours making it. Serve this dish with grilled asparagus.


  • 4 sprays cooking spray
  • 24 oz uncooked Atlantic cod, or other firm white fish, such as tilapia (four 6-oz fillets)
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • lemons, large, sliced 1⁄4 inch thick to make 12 slices
  • 4 sprigs dill
  • 4 tsp light butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  1. Off heat, coat grill rack or grill pan with nonstick spray. Preheat gas grill or grill pan to medium-high, or prepare medium-high fire in charcoal grill.
  2. Pat fish dry and season with salt. Arrange 3 lemon slices on grill, slightly overlapping edges. Top lemons with 1 dill sprig and 1 fillet. Repeat with remaining lemon slices, dill sprigs, and fish. Cover grill and cook, without turning fillets, until fish is opaque and yields easily to thin knife, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix butter, chopped dill, and lemon zest until blended.
  4. Using 2 metal spatulas, transfer fillets to plates. Top each with 11⁄2 tsp lemon-dill butter. Serve with grilled lemon slices, if desired.
  5. Serving Size: 6 oz cod and 1 1⁄2 tsp butter.

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