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This grilled cod is bursting with flavor from homemade blackened seasoning! Cod is the fish you didn’t know you loved; here’s how to grill it.

Grilled cod

Here’s the newest recipe you didn’t know you needed: Perfect Grilled Cod! This fish is bursting with flavor and one of our favorite things to come off of the grill this season. Perhaps grilled cod doesn’t sound like something to wax poetic about. But cover it in homemade blackened seasoning and it’s got massive savory and smoky notes, with a hint of underlying intrigue from cloves and allspice. Or, you can use our seafood seasoning to get the same flavors without the underlying heat. Here’s how to make magic on your grill with cod!

More with cod? Try this Pan Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Fish Tacos, or 15 Top Cod Recipes.

What does cod taste like?

Cod has a mild, pure flavor that’s not fishy at all. In fact, it’s even more mild than fish like salmon. Because of its delicate white meat and neutral flavor, it’s sometimes called “chicken of the sea” (though yes, that’s a brand of tuna, too). Cod is a great starter fish for people who don’t think they like fish. Another starter fish that’s not fishy? Grilled ahi tuna.

Grilled cod

Ingredients for grilled cod

This healthy grilled cod recipe is very easy and requires just a handful of ingredients. You’ll need to make a homemade seasoning blend, but once you make it you’ll have it onhand for several more batches. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Cod fillets: you can use fresh or frozen. Wild caught is usually a sustainable option if you can find it!
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Homemade blackened seasoning or seafood seasoning

The best seasoning for cod…blackened seasoning

The very best seasoning for cod? Blackened seasoning. What is it? Blackening is a Cajun style way of cooking fish in a cast iron skillet with a seasoning blend. Every chef uses their own mix for blackened seasoning, so there’s no official definition. Most recipes have spices familiar to Cajun cuisine: paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, thyme, and of course, cayenne for the heat! The heat level in this seasoning blend is medium hot. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Smoked paprika or sweet paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Celery seed
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Cayenne
  • Salt and black pepper
Blackened seasoning

Make up a big batch, and you’ll have enough for lots of grilled cod. Go How to Make Blackened Seasoning. Love spicy food? We’ve got an even spicier seasoning you can try. Use our Cajun Seasoning instead.

Can’t take the heat? Use seafood seasoning

Don’t want a spicy seasoning blend, we get it! This blackened seasoning has a bit of heat. But keep in mind: our 3 year old gobbled it up! He’s somewhat sensitive to spice, but didn’t seem to be in this case. If you prefer a milder option, we’ve got you covered. Try our seafood seasoning! It’s truly the best blend of flavors: a mix of savory, smoky and aromatic spices that makes for irresistible flavor.

Tips for how to grill cod

You can make grilled cod right on the grill grates: no foil required! It infuses the cod with smoky flavor and a crispy exterior. Here are our tips for how to grill cod:

  • The temperature for grilled cod? Medium high heat, or 375 to 450 degrees. Medium high heat makes for a perfectly cooked piece of cod.
  • Use indirect
  • How long to cook grilled cod? 4 minutes skin side down, then 2 to 4 minutes skin side up! The best way to measure whether it’s done is using an internal thermometer. Stick it in the thickest part of the fish and it should read 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This should be right when the cod starts to flake when pulled with a fork.
How to grill cod

Ways to prevent sticking to the grill!

Some people complain about grilled fish sticking to the grill. Here’s our advice: Don’t try to turn it too soon! When the cod is cooked just enough, it releases from the grill grates, making it easy to flip. But if you touch it before that time, it can stick and break apart. You don’t need to oil the grill grates. Just lightly oil the fish, and when cooking wait until the cod is easy to release (about 5 minutes). Then it’s easy to flip!

What to serve with grilled cod

There are so many fantastic ways to accessorize grilled cod to make it a healthy dinner! Here are some of our favorite ideas for making it into a tasty summer meal:

Grilled cod

This grilled cod recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Grilled cod

Perfect Grilled Cod

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This grilled cod is bursting with flavor from homemade blackened seasoning! Cod is the fish you didn’t know you loved; here’s how to grill it.




  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Bring the cod to room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. Pat the cod dry with a clean towel. Rub it with the olive oil and sprinkle it with the kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Then cover it with the homemade blackened seasoning or seafood seasoning on all sides.
  4. Grill the cod over indirect heat for 4 minutes, until it releases from the grates. Flip and cook another 2 to 4 minutes, until the internal temperature is 130 degrees (right when the cod starts to flake when pulled with a fork). Allow to rest for a few minutes, then serve.


*Love very spicy food? Use Cajun seasoning instead.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Grilled cod, How to grill cod

More grilled fish or seafood

Looking for more grilled fish & seafood recipes outside of this healthy grilled cod? Here’s a great place to start:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Just a quick suggestion. In your initial section entitled “Tips for How to Grill Cod” you don’t mention indirect heat. If someone doesn’t go to the actual recipe section they will miss that piece of info. Trying this tonight. Thanks and best of luck with your website/blog.

    1. Great point! We clarified in the recipe — we removed the term indirect heat, since it’s unclear and can vary based on grills, and change it to “Grill the fish for 4 minutes (where the flames aren’t directly touching the fish)”. Thank you for this clarification and hope you enjoyed it!