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New Simple Fish Recipes You’ll Love, Including: Baked Fish with Tangy Lemon Garlic Cream Cheese Sauce

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Need some new simple fish recipes? There are tons below (scroll down), but first, I’ll show you which idea I used: Baked Fish with Tangy Lemon Garlic Cream Cheese Sauce…fish pesto The flavors explode in your mouth!

I’ve told you before that I stink at planning out meals, but once in a while I’ll think ahead maybe a day or two. This week I made Parmesan Pesto Pasta with Seasoned Chicken recipe (I ate it without pasta since I’m trying to watch the carbs again, more on that soon), and made a TON of pesto, so we would have leftovers for this yummy fish recipe the next night… (Pictured on the right.)

However, I learned that someone ATE it, so I had to come up with a plan B. I posted this to my Facebook page:

My dinner needs your help! Does anyone have an easy idea for making some yummy cod tonight? I was going to use a recipe from the blog with our leftover pesto but someone ate it, so I need a new idea! (Something that doesn’t include breading, please.) THANKS!

Further below are ALL the responses, and here’s the recipe for the one I used… (Thank you @LeahWood!)

Baked Fish with Tangy Lemon Garlic Cream Cheese Saucefish label

  • Butter a 9×13 glass baking dish and place cod fillets in the bottom, cutting pieces to be evenly sized. (So they’re all done about the same time.) I found preservative-free cod at Trader Joe’s with only ONE ingredient! (Most at local grocery stores have nasty chemical preservatives.)
  • Season fillets with sea salt and pepper (lemon pepper is really good!)
  • Mix together the following with your stick blender:fish cream cheese topping
    • 8 oz. cream cheese (I use organic) – I made it with 2-8 oz. packages, but that was too much and we ended up eating the leftovers as a veggie dip – so good!
    • Liberally add sea salt and pepper (lemon pepper is great, too) – about 1/2 tsp. of the salt and 1/8th tsp. pepper.
    • Add about 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic.
    • Add the juice from 2 lemons and the zest from one. I love my over-the-cup strainer, but can’t find that one, something like this one would work just as well.

    fish and lemon juice

  • Spread it around the top of the fish and bake ’til fish is flaky (done!) – I baked it about 30 minutes on 425*.

It sure doesn’t come out of the oven looking too pretty, but when I put it on the plate I was able to get a better picture for this post!

fish done

Want more ideas and recipes for fish? There are a lot below!

Here’s what came through on my Facebook page:

(Keep in mind that, obviously, I don’t recommend the recipes mentioned using “vegonaise” – ick. Read more about healthy fats here.)


  1. Getting ready to start GAPS intro in a week. Full GAPS to follow so I am very excited to have a source of fish recipes!

  2. Thanks for the post. I’m not able to get out of town to hit the good places, but my GF goes to the city regularly, so I’ll have to start a list for her to pick up for me and add the cod filets to it. From Trader Joe’s, can you recommend vanilla extract, cocoa powder and choc. chips?

    • And they have good shrimp there, too, with no preservatives!

      I answered you in the other post, but I’ll say here too, that Amazon does have that stuff you mentioned in organics: – yay!


  3. You have so many amazing Fish Recipes on this page, it was hard to decide which one to make first. My favorite was the Baked Fish with Tangy Lemon Garlic Cream Cheese Sauce. One of the best fish recipes I have tried. It was so delicious!

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