Lime Butter Cod With Zesty Slaw


Colorful veggie slaw pairs well with fish and tastes great all year.

Lime-Butter Cod With Zesty Slaw
Photo: Max Kelly
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings

Crisp, fresh vegetables aren’t just for summer salads. Cabbage, which is hearty enough to last through winter, works perfectly in a coleslaw. This slaw doesn’t lack color, either. Red cabbage, orange carrot, and green scallions are vibrant no matter the weather.

Pair the veggies with quick-sautéed fish that takes just six minutes to cook to a golden brown. The mild cod flavor is uplifted with a rich and tangy lime-butter sauce. Once complete, the dish provides a meal that tastes light yet hearty. Serve with a crisp white wine or a light beer.


  • 3 cups finely shredded red cabbage (from 1 small head)

  • 1 medium carrot, shredded

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice plus 1 tsp. zest (from 1 lime), plus wedges for serving

  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoons black pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 4 4- to 5-oz. skinless cod fillets

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves


  1. Combine cabbage, carrot, scallion, lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lime zest and cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Season cod with remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper; add to skillet. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

  4. Serve cod with slaw; top with cilantro leaves and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
7g Fat
6g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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