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Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod

Fresh Pacific Northwest Lingcod meets my very favorite lemon pepper seasoning and then gets topped with butter and cooked over a live wood fire on our pellet grill for this Traeger Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod recipe! This is such an easy dinner to throw on the table, and if you don’t have access to lingcod, any firm whitefish will work!

Traeger Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod

Lingcod is one of our favorite fish. It is light, fresh, flaky, and is an easy win in the kitchen or on the grill. It isn’t the most common fish to find in a grocery store though, so if you aren’t familiar with this PNW favorite, no worries! You can sub in any firm whitefish instead, like halibut, cod, flounder, or sea bass.

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What is lingcod?

Lingcod is a whitefish that is found along the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada and is most abundant around Washington State and British Columbia. Which is great news for us since we live on the Olympic Peninsula and fish the coast and the straight as much as we can.

Funny enough, it isn’t even COD at all.

La Push, Washington – July 2021

Lingcod is unique in that sometimes you’ll pull one up that is BLUE. Like, weirdly bright blue. It is strange! You can see the blue a bit in the one on the left in the photo above. It is even blue when you filet them, too! The final result doesn’t hold that coloring though, so you have to enjoy it (visually) while it is fresh and raw.

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Lemon Pepper Lingcod

Can you order lingcod online?

Yes! CrowdCow has Pacific Lingcod available seasonally. Pick some up and try this versatile fish soon! I recently got a CrowdCow box to sample and was super impressed with the quality of the steak, chicken breasts, and fish that were sent my way.

We order a LOT of meat in the mail, which sounds weird, but is actually some of the highest quality meat that I’ve ever had access to. There are a lot of options out there nowadays, and CrowdCow is one of my favorites!

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Lemon Pepper Lingcod shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How to make easy grilled lingcod

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Preheat your grill

375° is the ideal temp here, but anything within 25 degrees or so will be fine. Don’t sweat the swings.


Season your fish

Be generous and get that lemon pepper going. Don’t forget the flaky salt and butter on top!


Grill it

It only took me about 8 minutes, but your mileage may vary depending on the thickness of your fish, the outside temperature, and your particular grill. It is cooked when the inside is opaque and the fish flakes easily.



We like to serve ours with a squeeze of lemon on the side, and one of our easy side dish recipes! Look for some specific suggestions below!

Citrus Pucker Pepper

This is one of the best lemon pepper blends that I’ve found. We love it! Pick some up (link in the recipe card) or use your favorite brand of lemon pepper.

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Lemon Pepper Whitefish FAQ

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

I never recommend having leftovers when it comes to cooked fish. If you DO happen to wind up with some, it’ll keep covered in the fridge for a couple of days.

How should you reheat leftovers for the best results?

Leftover fish gets a bad rap, and for a good reason. It usually isn’t really worth it, in the end. If you want to give it a shot, your best chance of success will be if you utilize a hot water bath or sous vide setup to bring your fish back up to temp.

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Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod
Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod

Grilled Lemon Pepper Lingcod

Fresh lingcod is seasoned with a lemon pepper blend, some flaky salt, and the wood fire flavor from our pellet grill. Simple and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 8 lingcod filets
  • 3 tablespoons Citrus Pucker Pepper from The Spice Guy (link below)
  • 8 teaspoons butter


  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 375° according to factory instructions.
  2. Pat your fish dry with paper towels, and place onto a grill mat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Liberally season with the lemon-pepper and flaky salt. Top with butter pats.
  4. Place the fish in the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filets. The center of the fish should be opaque and the fish should flake easily with a fork.
  5. Remove, and serve with a wedge of lemon for squeezing.


If you don't have the Citrus Pucker Pepper, GET some. This is the best lemon pepper I've ever tried, and I've tried a ton. If you have a favorite already in your cupboard, feel free to use that. 😉 I won't be mad at ya.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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