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    Easy, healthy, and delicious, this oven baked cod recipe is ready to serve in less than 20 minutes. Topped with a lemon and parmesan breading, this crispy cod is perfect for an easy weeknight meal.

    baked cod with salad on a plate

    I try to eat fish at least a couple of times a week, it’s a great source of healthy fats and is high in protein. This crispy baked cod recipe is a tasty way to serve it!

    Cod fillets are topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs that are seasoned with lemon zest, garlic, and parmesan for a fresh and light meal. There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, but it’s super delicious!

    Be sure to try my Crispy Fish Sticks and Mahi Mahi Recipe too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Healthy: This recipe is low in carbs and saturated fat and high in protein. Serve it up withe vegetable and potato sides for a great well balanced meal.
    • Quick and easy: Super quick to prep and oven bake, this fish dinner is ready to serve up in less than 20 minutes.
    • Simple ingredients: You only need a few basic ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll likely have most things to hand already.
    close up image of cod with topping on a plate

    Ingredients for Baked Cod

    • Cod: Use four cod fillets for this recipe. Where possible use fresh and pat dry before seasoning.
    • Oil: We use oil on the fillets as well as for the topping. I like to use olive oil, but you can use vegetable or canola too.
    • Seasonings: Salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
    • Breadcrumbs: Use panko breadcrumbs for a nice crunchy bite. I like to use seasoned ones for extra flavor.
    • Parmesan: Use freshly grated parm for the best flavor and texture.
    • Parsley and garlic: Used in the breadcrumb topping. Chop finely.
    • Lemon: We use both zest and juice in this recipe for a bright and fresh flavor.
    ingredients for baked cod

    How to make oven baked cod

    • Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Brush both sides of cod filets with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt, ground black pepper and Italian seasoning.
    • Combine Italian Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, minced garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon zest & juice in a small mixing bowl.
    • Top each filet with a generous portion of the herb-crumb mixture and bake in a preheated oven for about 10 – 12 minutes.
    process images of making baked cod in the oven

    Can you use frozen cod?

    I prefer to use fresh fish whenever I can, but frozen is often more convenient. If using frozen, thaw it fully before seasoning it and pat it dry to remove as much excess moisture as you can.

    Can you make this recipe with other types of fish?

    Yes, this recipe is easy to adapt to use with other fish fillets. The flavors work great with white-fleshed fish like tilapia and haddock but will work great with salmon too. Depending on the type of fish you use and the thickness of the fillets, the oven baking time may vary a little. The fish is done when the flesh easily flakes with a fork.

    white fish with salad on a plate

    What do you serve it with?

    This baked cod makes for a tasty, easy, and healthy weeknight meal. It’s great served with veggie and potato sides for a filling meal the whole family will love. Try it with:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Pat the fish dry to remove excess moisture. This is especially important if you are using frozen fish as if there is too much water in the fillets they can become soggy.
    • The cod is ready when it is easily flaked with a fork.
    • Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.
    • For a different flavor, try swapping the lemon for lime.
    • Make this recipe dairy-free by skipping the parmesan.
    oven baked cod with gremolata on a plate with salad

    More Fish Recipes

    Baked Cod

    Easy, healthy and delicious, this oven baked cod recipe is ready to serve in less than 20 minutes. Topped with a lemon and parmesan breading, this crispy cod is perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 424kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1.5 lb cod, about 4 fish filets
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
    • 1 cup Italian Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon zest and 2 teaspoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon & lemon wedges for garnish

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Brush both sides of cod filets with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt, ground black pepper and Italian seasoning.
    • Combine Italian Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, minced garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon zest & juice in a small mixing bowl.
    • Top each filet with a generous portion of the herb-crumb mixture and bake in a preheated oven for about 10 – 12 minutes.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Pat the fish dry to remove excess moisture. This is especially important if you are using frozen fish as if there is too much water in the fillets they can become soggy.
    • The cod is ready when it is easily flaked with a fork.
    • Make this recipe gluten-free by using GF panko breadcrumbs.
    • For a different flavor, try swapping the lemon for lime.
    • Make this recipe dairy-free by skipping the parmesan.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword breaded baked cod, how to cook cod in the oven, lemon baked cod
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    February 23, 2022

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    Ana María de js. Rodríguez Melendez

    Me facinaria preparar este plato pero tengo un problema con el bacalao en mi pais el bacalao que venden es seco y salado y tendria que remojar por 2 dias para sacar la sal e hidratarlo seria buena alternativa o usar filetes de Basa qué venden congelados, gracias por sus publicaciones y sus comentarios

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