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Lemon Pepper Breaded Cod

Lemon Pepper Breaded Cod is very mild and great for people who do not like a strong fish taste. The lemon is perfectly balanced with the breading.

Lemon Pepper Breaded Cod is light and crispy with a great lemon flavor. I am not a huge fan of fish but I have been trying to like it for years. I have discovered I like the taste of lemon with fish and I also love tarter sauce. If you are not a huge fan of fish like me, try this recipe to see if it will change your mind.  

Cost Per Serving $13.54 as of July 2022

Fish is more expensive than other meats so the cost per serving is a lot higher. It is not really a budget friendly protein. 

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $27.08.

If you have a stocked pantry this dish will cost you about $14.89.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $7.45.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 2

Serving size: 4 oz fish

Equipment needed: 8″ cast iron skillet

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about $12.19.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $12.19 as of July 2022

  • canola oil $3.47
  • cayenne pepper $1.76
  • flour $1.16
  • garlic powder $1.00
  • lemon pepper $1.00
  • mayo $2.80
  • paprika $1.00


Total: $14.89 as of July 2022

  • 1 jar pickles $1.97
  • 1 medium onion $0.40
  • 12 oz cod $7.99
  • 1/2 dozen eggs $1.75
  • 1 box panko bread crumbs $2.00
  • 1 lemon $0.78

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet until nice and hot. 
  3. While the skillet is heating season each side of the fish with 1/4 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning.
  4. Dip the fish in flour, coat evenly and shake off excess flour. 
  5. Dip the fish in the egg wash on both sides.
  6. Dip the fish in the panko, coating the fish evenly; set aside.
  7. Repeat with the next piece of fish. 
  8. Place both pieces of fish in the oil and cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side until fish flakes easily with a fork. 
  9. Top the fish with lemon zest and squeeze a little lemon juice over the fish. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 6

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