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Garlicky Lemon Baked Fish

This is the BEST Garlicky lemon-baked fish recipe! The fish is blanketed in a quick marinade made of lemon, garlic, and olive oil, then baked to perfection. This quick & simple 5 ingredients recipe packs a big punch of garlicky, lemony flavour, despite taking under 20 minutes to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine International, Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings


  • Butter warmer
  • baking dish


  • 1 kg whitefish fillets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4-6 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Meyers lemon* slices in circles, seeds removed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Make sure the oven rack in the middle of the oven, then preheat the oven to 425ºF
  • Add the lemon slices to the baking dish. Place your fish on the lemons.
    Important note: You must remove the seeds and choose a thin-skinned lemon, if not, you might have a very bitter lemon sauce. If you don't have a Meyers lemon or the skin is thick, then skip this step.
  • Heat the butter, garlic and olive until warmed and the butter has been completely melted. Then add the cumin and salt.
  • Pour the lemon sauce over the fish and top with a few extra slices of lemon.
  • Place the fish in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the fish can easily be flaked with a fork.
  • Sprinkle the cooked fish with some red pepper flakes and fresh ground pepper on top of the fish and serve.


If you don't have Meyers lemons or a thinned skinned lemon, don't add the lemon slices. You'll end up with a very bitter lemon sauce and it will completely ruin the fish. 
Storage: store any leftovers in the fridge for up to two in an air tight storage container. 
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