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Baked Crusted Cod

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Baked Crusted Cod is moist, flaky white fish topped with a panko-cheese mixture and baked with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and lemon juice. And, it’s SO amazingly flavorful – it’s amazing! Loaded with rich savory flavors, this baked crusted cod is juicy, moist, and so darn delicious, that you’ll enjoy every bite!

For those who never baked fish before, cod is the perfect seafood to try. It is a simple fish that can be flavored and seasoned with your favorite veggies and ingredients and baked in the oven.

We love cod. As kids, our mom made a seafood dinner every week and especially on Fridays.

Some of our favorites are her cod livornese and her fresh cod fish salad, just to name a few.

For this recipe, codfish is baked in the oven with rich olive oil, fresh tomatoes, and lemon juice to make it moist, juicy, and savory.

… Trust me. It is EXQUISITE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Plus, this dish will surely make everyone once more discover “cod.” It’s the perfect seafood for the whole family and especially for kids since codfish is boneless.

What is Cod Fish?

  • Cod is a deep cold-water fish.  It is known to be a white meaty fish with a mild flavor but loaded with nutrients. And, it is the least expensive fish you can buy.
  • Cod is versatile seafood and can adapt to so many recipes, from baking to air-fryer, to sauteing in a skillet and even boiling it.

How To Buy Codfish?

  • When looking to buy cod for this recipe, we recommend asking the fishmonger for a thicker or center cut of the fish.  The thicker the cut, the better it is for this recipe.
  • It’s best to buy codfish at your local fish market. It is fresher. No need to thaw , nor any downtime to cook it.
  • 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.
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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!

STEP 1: First, Prepare the Cod Fish: Sprinkle over the fish with some salt and black pepper.

STEP 2: Prepare the Coating: a.) Panko-Cheese Mixture: In one bowl, stir together the ingredients to make the panko bread crumb mixture. b.) The Olive Oil: Then pour extra virgin olive oil into a second bowl.

NEXT, STEP 3: Dip and Coat: Dip (one at a time) cod 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. And place into an 8 x 10-inch baking dish. No need to coat the baking dish with anything.

STEP 4: Scatter On Top: with sliced cherry tomatoes and drizzle over the fish with all of the remaining olive oil from the bowl. (No waste here!) Then Scatter freshly chopped parsley over the entire dish.

Cherry tomatoes are scattered over the fish, and olive oil is dizzled over them. by

BAKE the Cod: for 15 to 20 minutes.

FINAL STEP: Increase the Oven Temperature! Then pour lemon juice over the fish and continue to bake for the last 10 minutes or more. Remove and serve. Be sure to spoon all the remaining juices, tomatoes, and oil around each serving of cod.

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What To Serve It With?

Can We Use Frozen Cod?

  • Although it’s ideal to cook seafood fresh, from your local fish market, frozen cod is as just as good. 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.

How to Store Leftovers?

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).

How to Reheat This Crusted Cod?

  • 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.

Cook’s NOTES and TIPS for Baked Crusted Cod:

  • The temperature to bake will start at 400 degrees F, for most of the baking, then the temperature will be increased to 450 degrees F for the final minutes of baking. This will ensure the fish will be fully cooked, but also, it will seal its moisture internally.
  • Keep in mind, that all ovens vary, and therefore, the cooking times will vary as well.
  • This recipe will yield about 3 to 4 servings. And you can easily double this recipe, including all the ingredients for a larger family or gathering.
  • Serve this cod with a side of steamed rice, couscous, or quinoa, and maybe a green salad to go with it, making dinner easy.

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 will be white, moist, and flaky.

You’re family and guests will enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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

Give it a try.

and ENJOY!!

Piece of cod with sliced tomatoes on white plate. by

Additional Recipes for Cod… try these:

More ideas and recipes to Bake or Roast Seafood…

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Baked Crusted Cod

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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
  • 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 with some salt over the tomatoes and fish.
  9. Transfer the baking dish to the middle rack of your oven. BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes.
  10. Next, CHANGE the oven Temperature to 450 degrees F ( 230C). Carefully remove the baking dish and drizzle all the lemon juice over each piece of cod. Return it back into the oven and continue to bake for an additional 8 to 10 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.

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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  • Reply
    March 9, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Another great low-cal meal! I have a similar recipe but this one is quite a bit easier to prepare.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 9, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      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!)

  • Reply
    Sherry M
    March 4, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    this sounds delicious and healthy. i do love baked fish.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 5, 2022 at 8:58 am

      Thank you so much Sherry! This recipe is a winner…. Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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