Pecan Crusted Cod

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This pecan crusted cod recipe is one of my favorite was to prepare fish. Cod filets are lightly coated in chopped pecans and sauteed in butter. It’s is also low-carb, gluten free and keto friendly, which makes it not only delicious, but healthy as well. Best yet? It’s ready in under 20 minutes.

Pecan crusted cod

I think most people shy away from cooking at home because they think it takes too much time, or that it’s easier to pop into a fast-food restaurant for a quick meal.

I sort of look at it the opposite way. By the time you’ve figured out where you want to go…Italian, Asian or Mexican, driven there, waited for a table, waited for the food…you’re looking at an hour, yes? (This post was originally published on May 1st, 2012 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)  

top shot cod

This is a meal that takes less than 20 minutes to make. The recipe is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe from about 15 years ago. I switched the hazelnuts for pecans, and the halibut for cod, because cod is a lot cheaper than halibut. The ingredients are simple and clean, and it will take you longer to make a side dish! to make and the veggies, not much more.

How to prepare pecan crusted cod

Figure on 4 to 6 ounces per person. This recipe is for 2, but it can easily be doubled.

Pat the cod dry. Season with kosher salt and pepper.

seasoning cod

Brush one side of the cod filet with a lightly beaten egg white.

brush with egg white

Gently press the finely chopped pecans on one side of the cod. Fry the cod, nut side down for about 2-3 minutes. I prefer a cast iron pan like this one.

press pecans into cod

Using a large spatula and carefully flip fish over. Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes depending on thickness. Serve with lemon wedges.

cod top shot

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This Black Garlic, Sesame & Shitake Cod is another recipe that’s ready in under 20 minutes.

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Boston Baked Cod is a traditional New England dish.

boston baked cod

For something completely different, how about Alaskan Cod Fettuccine?

I hope you enjoy this selection of cod recipes!

pecan crusted cod
pecan crusted cod

Pecan Crusted Cod Filets

Pecan crusted cod, ready in under 30 minutes. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Fish
Servings 2
Calories 363 kcal



  • Pat fish dry. Season both sides fish with salt and pepper
  • Brush tops of filets with egg white and press pecans on to the top of the fish filets.
  • Melt butter and oil in a non-stick or cast-iron pan over a medium heat.
  • Cook fish, nut side down, for about 2-3 minutes, (depending on thickness of fish). Turn and continue cooking until fish is done, about 2-4 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.
  • Serve with lemon halves.


Serving: 1gCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 29gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 713mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I totally agree with you, going out to eat takes more time than cooking at home. I personally think that’s why Americans are so over weight. But that’s another issue… This fish looks great! I love a quick fish meal! I have never cooked Cod before, I will have to try this one! Thanks!

    1. Shawn, you are right! Most Americans are overweight because they resort to fast food, thinking it’s faster. In the end, fast food isn’t very satisfying…it’s just fuel, and poor fuel at that! And then there’s the expense! Thanks for visiting!

  2. 5 stars
    Tried this ……was a hit with all.. definitely a keeper. Egg white and nuts make a great crust and another great way to cook fish..heart healthy recipe+++next time with add some sort of spice for change of flavors also flavored mustards work good too…got to try…

    1. made the cod tonight.. was delicious.. Love the healthy flare! Thank you.. keep them coming!

  3. 5 stars
    The pecan crust is a wonderful idea! This looks absolutely delicious, Cynthia and I cannot wait to give it a go!

  4. 5 stars
    I actually have some delicious fresh cod on its way to me. This is the perfect recipe to try as it is one I have not yet had the pleasure of trying or cooking and would love to. My husband will love this recipe too.

  5. You’re right! Fish dishes are typically easy, cause you want to taste the fish! You don’t want to smother it with ingredients that smother the fish, although salmons holds up to stronger flavors. Anyway, fabulous recipe! Toasted pecans are perfect for this.

  6. Oh my goodness!!! Pecan crusted anything I’m in! I’ve had a hard time finding a good cod recipe that I actually enjoy (I’m not a big fish person) so I am so happy to have found this one!

  7. 5 stars
    This sounds so nutty delicious. Cod is perhaps my favorite fish and I love the idea of pecan coating. This would be a perfect elegant dinner for a special occasion.

  8. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and so unbelievably quick and easy. My kids loved the caramel flavours of the Pecan with the fish. ❤️

    1. I don’t know what’s going on with these 5 star ratings, it’s ridiculous and deceiving. Over half these 5 star ratings are just people saying it looks good or they’re going to try it. So, just saying it looks good gives it a 5 star rating?

5 from 20 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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