This panko parmesan baked cod is so delicious! With flaky fish, crunchy panko crumbs, and parmesan cheese, this healthy recipe is delicious for the whole family.
Even kids will love this panko crust and the mild flavor of this fish.
I love seafood for easy weeknight dinners or even an at home date night! Cod is a winner because it's a mild white fish that goes well in so many dishes!
This panko parmesan baked cod is one of the easiest and most delicious dinner recipes. I especially love the crunchy topping - there's just something about panko breadcrumbs that make any dish so good! It's the best way to make cod in my opinion!
Some pairing ideas for this recipe are rice pilaf, French fries, or green beans. Don't forget some homemade tartar sauce! Yum.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Here's why you'll absolutely love this Panko Parmesan Baked Cod recipe.
Delicious - This recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! This especially great for introducing fish to younger kids since the panko mixture resembles fish sticks!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a few kitchen tools to make this great recipe. If you'revlooking to make more fish, this is a great way to start!
Versatile - You can make these cod filets and serve as a main course with a casserole dish, roasted vegetables, or a salad for an easy weeknight meal!
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this white fish recipe:
- Panko Breadcrumbs - You can also use regular breadcrumbs or seasoned breadcrumbs if you prefer.
- Unsalted Butter - Melted butter to make buttery panko breadcrumbs!
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese - Grated parmesan or shredded parmesan works just fine
- Cod fillets - or any flaky white fish fillets, like mahi mahi. You can use fresh fish or thawed, frozen fish. If you're unsure of what to buy, ask your local grocery store!
- Lemon wedges - For topping. Nothing is better than fresh lemon juice squeezed over fish!
Let's make this parmesan crusted cod recipe together!
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add panko breadcrumbs and toast for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Set the crispy topping aside.
Place cod on prepared baking sheet. Dry fish with paper towels, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and prepared panko breadcrumb mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the fish is 145F.
Top pieces of cod with additional parmesan and serve the baked fish with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips and tricks for this easy recipe.
Double the Recipe - Make double and freeze fish or box up in containers for meal prep throughout the week! This recipe is great for meal prepping and leftovers because it reheats really well and pairs with many side dish options.
Complete the Meal - Serve this with creamy pesto pasta and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette for a whole meal inspired by Italian cuisine.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Baking Tray - Quality baking trays will level up your cooking. These baking trays are great quality and will last!
Fish Spatula - A fish spatula is great for taking fish off of the baking tray. It's great to have if you make fish frequently!
Frozen Cod - I absolutely love this brand of frozen cod. Did you know can have it shipped to your house?! It's so convenient!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Seasonings - You can add a variety of other seasonings to suit your taste for this recipe. A few ideas are adding lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic powder, or onion powder. I also recommend adding fresh parsley on top for a bite of freshness!
Fish Substitution - Any mild tasting white fish will work for this healthy meal. The panko bread crumbs will give the fish most of the flavor, so you can easily substitute the type of fish in this recipe.
Air Fry - You can definitely air fry this recipe! Prepare as instructed and air fry at 400F for 10-12 minutes, until the internal temperature is 145F.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pat fish dry before adding any breadcrumbs. This will help stick to the fish. Then, coat with your preferred breadcrumb topping.
Pat fish fillets dry and top with a crispy panko topping. Top with parmesan cheese and bake until the cod flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145F.
Cook a cod fillet for 12-15 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork and the fish is opaque. Cooking time may vary for larger pieces of fish.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: For best results, reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
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Panko Parmesan Baked Cod
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Cod fillets thawed
- Lemon wedges for serving
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add panko breadcrumbs and toast for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Add Cod fillets to the sheet. Top each cod fillet with salt, pepper, and prepared panko breadcrumbs. Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Top cod with additional parmesan and serve with lemon wedges.