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Correct Temperature of Cooked Cod

What Is the Correct Temperature of Cooked Cod?

A lot of people are intimidated when it comes to cooking fish. There are several factors to consider, such as the type of fish and the method of cooking. In this guide, you will learn about the ideal internal temperature of cod for the perfect cook.

What Is the Internal Temp of Cod When Cooked?

In general, the ideal internal temperature of cooked fish is 145 °F (63 °C). The internal temp of cod when cooked is about the same.

An easy way to test if the cod is done is to note when the meat starts to turn opaque and you can separate the meat using a fork. If you want to be sure, and you don’t want to ruin the fish before serving, you can always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the cod. Wait until it reads 145 °F or 63 °C before you finish cooking it.

Cooking Fresh vs Frozen Cod

The approach to cooking cod will differ based on whether you cook it fresh or from frozen. Most cod is available frozen these days, so let us start with that.

The main benefits of freezing cod upon catching it are to seal in the freshness of the fish and to kill any parasites in the meat. This will enable you to cook the cod at a low temperature and makes it safe to consume at 125 °F (52 °C). This is the ideal temperature if you want to get the best texture on the cod while making sure that it is safe enough to eat.

On the other hand, if you are going to cook fresh cod, then the cooking process will take much longer. It is recommended that the cod reaches an internal temperature of 145 °F (63 °C) before you serve it to make sure that the parasites present in the fish are killed in the cooking process.

Tips for Baking Cod: Best Temperature

Baking is one of the best ways to cook cod because of the indirect and dry heat that allows you to cook it slowly. You can set your oven at 350 °F (177 °C).

The size of the cod that you are going to bake will determine the exact cooking time. Cod fillet bakes for an average of 10 minutes. Make sure to check the temperature using a thermometer at around 8 minutes. Take the cod out of the oven once it reaches 125 °F (52 °C) as the remaining heat will continue to cook the meat inside. Its internal temperature will go up by 5 to 10 °F (3 to 6 °C) even after you turn off the oven.

Temperature Guide When Cooking Fish

The safe internal temperature when cooking fish is 145 °F (63 °C). You can tell when the fish is done by examining its appearance – opaque and flaky on the inside. You can also use other methods for testing the doneness of the fish, even without checking the temperature. For example, you can cut the thickest part of the meat and tell when it is cooked based on the texture of the meat. When it is translucent, it is still raw. When it is done, you can use a fork to pry it apart easily.

There are other factors that will impact the cooking times and cooking temperature for fish before you reach the recommended safe internal temperature.
Cooking Chart for Baked Fish

Cut of Fish Cooking Temperature Cooking Time
Whole  350 °F (177 °C) 25-30 mins
Fillet 350 °F (177°C) 25-30 mins
Steak 350 °F (177 °C) 35-40 mins

Cooking Chart for Pan Fried Fish

Cut of Fish Cooking Temperature Cooking Time
Whole Medium Heat 8-15 mins
Fillet Medium Heat 7-9 mins
Steak Medium Heat 9-10 mins

Cooking Chart for Grilled Fish

Cut of Fish Cooking Temperature Cooking Time
Whole Medium Heat  10-20 mins
Fillet Medium Heat 7-9 mins
Steak Medium Heat 9-10 mins

Internal Temp of Cod When Cooked

Cooking Chart for Steamed Fish

Cut of Fish Cooking Temperature Cooking Time
Whole Gently Boiling Water/Medium Heat 10-12 mins
Fillet Gently Boiling Water/Medium Heat 10-12 mins
Steak Gently Boiling Water/Medium Heat 10-15 mins

For your own safety, it is recommended that you reach the safe internal temperature of cod and other types of fish before consuming it. This is true regardless if you are frying, grilling, baking, or steaming the fish. 

FAQs When Cooking Cod

These are some of the most common questions you you might have when cooking cod.

How can you tell when cod is cooked?

Use your fingers to lightly press down onto the meat. You know the cod is done when it feels firm. If it feels soft, you need a few more minutes to cook it. 

You can also use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the cod; this is an accurate way to tell when the fish is done.

What is the ideal temperature for cooking cod?

The cooking temperature for cod varies depending on the method of cooking. When baking, the ideal temperature is 350 °F (177 °C). For grilling and pan frying, use a medium heat. 

 

How to use a thermometer on cod?

Unlike steaks and other types of red meat, the meat of a fish like cod is more delicate. You can use a mini thermometer or those that are designed for monitoring the internal temp of cod or fish. Using a mini thermometer will help you keep track of the fish’s internal temperature without causing the meat inside to break down.

safe internal temperature when cooking cod

 

How do you keep the cod from becoming rubbery?

While it is important to cook the cod all the way through, you should refrain from over-cooking it. This is why using a thermometer is recommended to ensure that you do not go beyond the safe internal temp; otherwise, the meat starts to become rubbery. 

Take note of the recommended cooking temperature and the cooking times for cod (depending on the cooking method used) so as not to overcook it to the point of being dry and rubbery. 

 

What happens if you consume undercooked cod? 

As with any other raw or undercooked fish, there is a risk of acquiring foodborne illnesses. Unless you intend to consume them raw, in which case the fish must be frozen first to kill any parasites, then you have to cook the cod at the recommended internal temperature. 

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