Baked Crusted Cod

This one-pan Baked Crusted Cod (Keto) is all about simple techniques to get the sophisticated flavors. Moist and flaky white fish is topped with a crunchy crust and baked with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and lemon juice. It is a healthy dinner!

Baked fish with cherry tomatoes on top.

Crusted Cod Baked with Tomatoes

Our Crusted Cod is baked in one pan with fresh tomatoes until the cod is firm and flaky. It always turns out moist, juicy, and lemony-delicious. Serve this baked cod with a side of roasted asparagus, steamed rice, couscous, or quinoa, and maybe a green salad to go with it, making dinner easy.

Trust me. It is EXQUISITE! πŸ˜‰

Is Cod Fishy?

For those who never baked fish before, codfish is the perfect seafood to try. Because it is not a “fishy” fish. Plus, it’s the perfect seafood for kids since codfish is boneless.

We love cod, and always look for ways to make it. And, this recipe for baked cod is an easy one! For more easy cod recipes, try our Cod Livornese and Fresh Cod Fish Salad. And for baked fish recipes, don’t miss our Easy Lemon-Dijon Baked Cod, Roasted Red Snapper Recipe Italian Style, and Easy Baked Swordfish.

A piece of baked cod on a white plate.

An overview for this cod recipe:

For this recipe, you will need a few pieces of fresh cod, plus 3 main ingredients to make it taste amazing! This cod is baked in the oven with rich olive oil, fresh cherry tomatoes, and lemon juice. The olive oil will keep the fish moist while baking, so don’t leave it out.

A few quick tips when buying cod:

  • Most of the time, Codfish is the least expensive fish you can buy.
  • When looking to buy cod at your local seafood market, we recommend asking the fishmonger for a thicker or center cut of the fish.  It’s best to buy codfish at your local fish market. It is fresher. No need to thaw, nor any downtime to cook it.
  • The thicker the cut, the better it is for this recipe.
  • One large thick piece of cod (about 1 pound, up to 1.5 pounds) and you can divide it into thirds, or even four pieces. But today, I cut mine into 3 pieces.
  • Fresh cod fish has no fish smell or odor. So you should ask, if you can sniff it before buying it.
3 raw pieces of cod on a red plate.

How to Make Baked Crusted Cod?

For our baked crusted cod recipe, you will need only a handful of ingredients, plus some codfish. There are a few easy steps to follow, so gather the ingredients, and let’s get started! (*Full Recipe Card Below!)

1. Season the Cod:

Prepare the pieces of cod with some seasonings. Sprinkle over the fish with some salt and black or lemon pepper. Options: you can include some garlic or onion powder.

2. Prepare the Ingredients For Coating:

For this recipe, you will need 2 bowls. I decided to make a panko bread crumb mixture. In one bowl, stir together the ingredients to make the panko bread crumb mixture. In the second, pour extra virgin olive oil for dipping.

3. Dip and Coat the Fish:

Dip each piece of cod (one at a time) into the olive oil, and coat all sides. Allow the excess oil to drip back into the bowl. Then coat with panko bread crumb mixture. Transfer into an 8 x 10-inch baking dish. No need to coat the baking dish with anything.

Raw cod fish on red plate, a bowl of bread crumb mixture and a bowl of oil for dipping cod for coating both sides.

4. Add the Tomatoes and Olive Oil:

Scatter on top the fish with sliced cherry tomatoes. Then drizzle over the fish with the remaining extra virgin olive oil from the bowl. (No waste here!) Then Scatter freshly chopped parsley over the entire dish.

Cherry tomatoes are scattered over the raw fish, and olive oil is drizzled over them.
Raw pieces of cod covered with panko, fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley set in a white baking dish.

5. Bake the Cod:

Place your baking dish into a preheated oven, at 400 degrees F (200C) for 15 to 18 minutes. Check the fish with a fork, if the fish is firm to the touch, it is fully cooked. QUICK TIP: Depending the thickness of the pieces will also vary in baking times. So keep an eye on them.

6. Final Step: Turn OFF the oven and ADD Lemon Juice:

Turn off the oven. Then pour lemon juice over the fish and return it back into the oven, for the additional 5 minutes. Remove and serve. Be sure to spoon all the remaining juices, tomatoes, and olive oil around each serving of cod.

Options to serve cod with:

There are so many great dishes and sides to serve with this baked-crusted cod recipe. A few favorite sides include:


  1. What is Codfish? Cod is a deep cold-water fish.  It is known to be a white meaty fish with a mild flavor and loaded with nutrients. It’s commonly used for making fried fish and chips, and fish sandwiches.
  2. Can We Use Frozen Cod? Although it’s ideal to cook seafood fresh, from your local fish market, frozen cod can be used for this recipe.
  3. How to Thaw Frozen Cod? To thaw frozen cod, place it in your refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. If you’re short on time, you can thaw frozen cod in your sink and run cool, or cold water over the fish until totally thawed. Then drain for a few minutes.
  4. How To Tell When Cod is Fully Cooked? Cod is fully cooked when it flakes off with a fork. Another way to tell is if you take a knife and slice one piece down the center to check. It will be easy to cut through and should be pearly white, moist, and flaky.
  5. What Kind of Wine to Serve with This Recipe? If you’re looking for a wine recommendation, try a chilled citrus-flavored white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc which goes perfectly with this buttery fish.

Storing Leftovers and Reheating:

To Store: It is best to store any seafood leftovers in a sealed container and keep it chilled in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 2 days (48 hours).

To Reheat: You can reheat crusted cod in a preheated oven or toaster oven at 350 F, and reheat the cod on a foil tray or baking sheet for about 10 to 15 minutes. Also, if you plan to reheat the cod in a microwave, you may do so by using the settings at “30 seconds” intervals, for up to 1 to 2 minutes. Always keep an eye on it, once it starts to sizzle, you can stop and remove it from the microwave.

Piece of cod with sliced tomatoes on white plate.

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Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Baked Crusted Cod

Baked cod with cherry tomatoes in a white baking dish.

Baked Crusted Cod is moist, flaky white fish topped with a panko-cheese mixture and baked with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and lemon juice. Simple seafood dinner for the whole family to enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound (16 to 18 ounces) of Cod - divided into 3 pieces
  • some salt & black pepper - (to season the fish)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 cherry tomatoes - sliced in halves
  • 1 lemon - juiced ( 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Crusted Crumb Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. herbs de Provence


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200C). (Then later we will increase it).
  2. Divide the cod into 3 equal sections. Season the fish with some salt and black pepper.
  3. Grab two small bowls. In one small mixing bowl, stir the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, herbs, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  4. In a second small bowl, pour the extra virgin olive oil.
  5. One at a time. Take one piece of cod, dip it and all sides into the olive oil, and allow the excess oil to drip back into the bowl. Then transfer into the panko-cheese mixture and pat it on all sides to coat it evenly,
  6. Place it into an 8 x 10 baking dish. Repeat with the remaining two pieces of cod.
  7. Next, scatter sliced cherry tomatoes over the fish and around them. Drizzle with all of the remaining extra-virgin olive oil over the entire dish. Use a spatula to get every drop of remaining olive oil. No waste here!
  8. Scatter with freshly chopped parsley. Then lightly sprinkle some salt over the tomatoes and fish. Transfer the baking dish to the middle rack of your oven.
  9. BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes, until the fish is fully cooked. Fish is cooked when it is firm to the touch and it flakes off. When the fish is fully cooked turn off the oven.
  10. Next, carefully remove the baking dish and drizzle all the lemon juice over each piece of cod. Return it to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the crust is golden around the edges, the tomatoes slightly melted, and the oil on the bottom is sizzling and bubbling.
  11. Remove and allow the fish to rest for 2 minutes. Serve each fish on individual serving plates, and spoon all the remaining juices, melted tomatoes, and olive oil around each serving. Serve immediately.
  12. Serves 3


Keep in mind, all ovens are different and will vary in temperature. Depending on how thick the codfish is, baking times will also vary. For thicker cuts of cod, baking times can range from 25 to 35 minutes, and thinner pieces can bake from 15 to 25 minutes.

This recipe for Baked Crusted Cod is adaptable to mahi-mahi, halibut, snapper, and sea bass.

Nutrition Information:


3 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving ( about 4 to 6 ounces)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 20.6gCarbohydrates: 28.3gFiber: 8.9gSugar: 12.6gProtein: 43g

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    1. So glad to hear! That’s what I am always trying to achieve with our recipes, to make them quicker and easier to prepare for busy people like me! And always flavorful! (Lol!)

    1. Thank you so much Sherry! This recipe is a winner…. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚