This crispy oven baked cod recipe is an easy 30-minute dinner. A light and flaky fish topped with a buttery crispy parmesan crust and then oven-baked until golden brown. It’s a delicious take on a batter coated fish and much healthier than fried. Enjoy on its own or as a filling for fish tacos and sandwiches!
My family loves a really good fish dinner. Cod with Tomato Basil Sauce and Pan Seared Salmon are two of our favorites. So flavorful, without feeling heavy. They’re both must-tries.
Making fish for dinner doesn’t need to be complicated. And comfort food doesn’t need to be heavy. This foolproof recipe uses a mild white fish such as cod, which is heart-healthy, high in protein, and lower on the mercury scale. It’s a delicate lean fish, but sturdy enough as a base for a delicious crunchy buttered cracker crumble on top.
Baking it rather than dredging it in oil, keeps it moist but still a lighter version of classic comfort food. And the crispy coating gives it a lovely texture! A crunchy cracker crust with a hint of parmesan and citrus from the lemon is melt in your mouth amazing.
This dish will become part of your rotation, especially if you’re looking to include more lean protein into your diet (or maybe less red meat). Fish taco Tuesdays anyone?
It’s a quick easy dinner ready in 30 minutes which makes it a great weeknight meal that can easily be doubled to serve a larger crowd. If you crave fish every once in a while, this easy recipe will come in handy.
Serve it on top of a bed of rice or a side of vegetables. Use it as a filling for fish tacos, or a mouthwatering sandwich. For the best light version of fish and chips, serve it alongside french fries, wedges, or sweet potato fries!
- Cod fillets
- Butter crackers (Ritz or Club crackers)
- Parmesan Cheese
- Butter (melted)
- Lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley (optional garnish)
How to Make Crispy Oven Baked Cod
Preheat the oven and place your pieces of cod on a prepared baking sheet. Use parchment paper to line it or grease it with oil or cooking spray.
Place your butter crackers into a zip lock bag and break into crumbs, using a rolling pin. You can also pulse them in a food processor. Keep in mind you don’t want fine crumbs, you want a bit of texture.
In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs with parmesan cheese, melted butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
A spoonful at a time, sprinkle the crumbs evenly over top of each filet of fish.
Bake until the fish is opaque and flaky and the crust is golden brown!
Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley if you’d like. This dish is best served immediately when the topping is the most crispy. In the event you need to reheat it, just pop it back in the oven at 350 degrees until heated through. Enjoy every bite!
Tips and Variations
- For a lower calorie option, use Panko bread crumbs instead.
- For a gluten-free version, swap out any gluten free crackers.
- A ½ teaspoon of garlic powder added to the crumbs adds another layer of flavor that works nicely.
- If the fish falls apart easily when pulled at with a fork, you’ll know it’s done. A flaky fish is what you’re aiming for.
- Finish off the dish with another final squeeze of lemon, before serving, for a little extra citrus.
Side Dishes to Serve with this Cod Recipe
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Crispy Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe
- 4 Cod fillets approx. 2 pounds
- 35 butter crackers ie. Ritz or Club crackers
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley optional garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place cod on a greased baking sheet or line with parchment paper
- Place the crackers in a zip lock bag and break into into crumbs. (I use a rolling pin)
- In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs with parmesan cheese, melted butter, lemon juice and salt & pepper.
- Evenly spoon the mixture over top of each fillet.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
- Remove and top with fresh parsley, if desired.
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This was easy to make and it was delicious. My husband loved it, ate seconds which he usually doesn’t when it’s fish.
Made this yesterday. It was so so good. I served it with my vegan chickpea vegetable soup. Perfect.
Did not change a thing. Delicious!
About fresh cod…you definitely have to stand your ground taking pin bones out!!
Excellent recipe !! I use Gluten Free Panko Crumbs. It’s the only thing I change.
Can this be made with halibut instead of cod?
Made this recipe last night. The cod came out just as recipe said . Was so easy to make and very delicious too . Will definitely make this again . Family loved it .
I have not made it yet. It does sound good and I love cod. Can’t wait to make it. Soon. West texas.
Loved it and loved how easy it was to make
So happy to hear that!
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I am from Newfoundland and grew up eating cod…and have a lot of tried and true, traditional recipes…this is our new favourite!!! The cod is flaky and the buttery cracker crust sets off the fish to perfection!!! Wish I could give you more stars 😉
Thank you so much for your kind words! This is such a favorite in our house too 🙂
Curious what the measurement of breadcrumbs would be for substitution of the crackers? Thank you
Quick and easy! The reason for a 4 star is for a little lack of flavor. I will make again using fresh garlic, more lemon (and maybe some spices.) Great meal my family enjoyed it!
Carol J. Wiitanen
I assume this is thawed cod?
Yes it is 🙂
OMG, Great recipe, made it last night, added bay scallops too. The fish was so flaky, I used Scrod. Served with potato wedges. Hubby loved it!
I’m so happy to hear that!
This was delish!
I need to know how much Panko breadcrumbs to use instead of 35 crackers. I want to make this tonight but I have a person in my household who is on gluten free. Please rush your reply
I think it would be 1.5-2 cups.
Is the nutrition information correct on this? seems a bit high and making me not want to make this if I am spending the majority of my calories for the day on this one piece of fish.
Oh goodness no! I just checked and the program had erroneously put in the wrong amounts for the fish itself. I updated it manually and used 2 pounds of cod.
So sorry for that confusion!
FYI. The correct temperature for oven baked cod is 145 degrees F.
This was very good would make it again. Thank you for sharing.
Hubby loved it . Going to try with Panko next time .
Easy to follow recipe
So easy and so good.
I also pahussed it along to friends.
This was delish! The babies even LOVED it!
Yay! I’m so glad!
Very good recipe
oh.my.gosh!! I made this last night and followed the recipe exactly — and it was perfection! I wanted seconds. My husband wanted seconds. I only had 2 cod filets (I cut the recipe in half) but I’ll be buying more fish soon, and I will make this again and again. Easy and delicious; it is a new favorite in our house.
Simple to make, everyday ingredients, and the family loved it!