Salt-Crusted Lemon-Dill Cod Fillets

A mild, white fish is baked inside a fragrantly thick lemon-dill-infused salt crust to quickly maximize flavor while locking in moisture.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (13 ounce) round containers Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt

  • 4 egg whites, lightly beaten

  • 2 lemons, sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 2 ½ pounds skinless cod fillets

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 bunches fresh dill


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Pour the containers of Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt into a large mixing bowl. Add egg whites. Mix well with your hands or by blending with two spoons until the texture resembles moist sand.

  3. Layer half of the prepared salt on the bottom of a glass 9x13-inch baking dish; pat down firmly. Salt should be about 1/2-inch thick.

  4. Place the lemon slices edge to edge on top of the salt. You don't want the fish to actually touch the salt or it will absorb too much; the lemon slices will serve as a barrier and a flavor infuser. Save extra lemon slices for serving and garnish.

  5. Rub the fish fillets with olive oil on both sides, and season well with Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt and pepper.

  6. Arrange the fish fillets on top of the lemon slices, making sure no edges touch the salt base.

  7. Arrange the dill on top so that it covers the fish completely, reserving a few sprigs to chop for garnish. Again, this will serve as a barrier against the salt crust since there is no skin to protect it from absorbing too much salt during baking, as well as give it a bold, tangy flavor.

  8. Pour the rest of the salt mixture evenly onto the dill, smoothing carefully. Make sure all corners are covered; pat firmly to ensure a proper seal with no cracks.

  9. Place in middle rack of oven and bake for 15 minutes.

  10. Let fish rest for 5 minutes, then crack sides of salt crust with a strong knife before prying open.

  11. Cut each fillet in half. Serve with remaining lemon slices and fresh, chopped dill.


Change it up to include your favorite garden herbs and citrus fruit that you happen to have on hand. Rosemary, thyme, garlic, scallions, oranges, limes, grapefruit – be creative!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
6g Fat
7g Carbs
56g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 147928mg 6,432%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 63mg 313%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1393mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.