You know what goes well with nearly everything, whether sweet or savory? Brown butter. One recent example is the brown butter roasted garlic mac & cheese that blessed last year’s Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving feasts. Another is my brown butter vanilla cake with salted caramel frosting. Just. so. good. Butter makes everything better and brown butter takes just two minutes to make so it’s totally worth the effort. Today, we’re talking about a super simple savory dish that you can have for dinner tonight in just about 20 minutes: brown butter cod with capers. This little number will have you feeling very chef like in a snap!

baked cod filet being drizzled with brown butter and capers

To make this dish, you simply bake your cod (other whitefish would work, too) and while that cooks, brown your butter in a skillet. Once the cod is ready, pour the capers and brown butter over top and devour. You might have to let it cool a bit first but you get the idea. 🙂 Brown butter has a deep, nutty flavor and capers provide a tanginess that perfectly complements fish. In this case, they also help to balance out the richness of the brown butter. Let this easy little dish get you out of any dinner time rut that may arise. Just add some veggies or salad, and you’re in business. My mom raised us with “balanced plates” for dinner every night, which meant a protein, one or more types of veggie, and a starch, so, if you’re the same way, add some potatoes, pasta, or rice for good measure. 🙂

cooked cod filet topped with capers and brown butter with a lemon wedge on the side

If you like this brown butter cod with capers recipe and are in the market for more heart-healthy omega 3s via easy fish dishes, check out my simple seared salmon and naked pasta or parmesan-crusted tilapia. Both are highly delicious. Thanks for reading!

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Brown Butter Cod with Capers
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
22 mins

15-minute recipe to cook a simple cod filet drenched in nutty brown butter and bright capers

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter cod, cod filet recipe, fish recipe with capers
Servings: 1 serving
  • 8 ounce cod filet
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Make a packet for the cod filet using a sheet of foil and drizzle a bit of olive oil on the bottom of the packet.
  2. Pat cod filet dry, season each side with sea salt and black pepper then place in foil packet. Drizzle a little more olive oil over top of filet before sealing packet. Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes per inch of filet thickness. When cooked, filet will be opaque and glossy, firm to touch, and should flake easily with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, heat butter in a small saucepan or skillet. After it melts, cook for another minute or so to brown it. Butter should emit a toasty, nutty aroma and you will see solids forming. Add capers and remove from heat.
  4. Pour brown butter and capers over cod filet. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
Brown Butter Cod with Capers