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baked cod with panko, lemon and parsley

Baked Cod with Crispy Garlic Herb Panko


Baked Cod with Crispy Garlic Herb Panko is an easy weeknight dinner. Mild tasting cod is topped with a crispy coating of panko, fresh herbs and garlic for a healthy and delicious dinner.


  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 4 (6 ounce) cod fillets
  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup plain panko
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Place the cod in the dish and season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a small sauté pan over medium low heat, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. When the butter has melted and just begins to foam, turn off the heat and add the garlic. Let garlic infuse the butter for a minute or so.
  4. Add the panko and lightly toss until all the butter has been absorbed. Stir in the chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Evenly divide the panko mixture on top of each cod fillet. Press down lightly.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until panko crumbs are golden brown and fish is just cooked through. Using a digital thermometer, the internal temperature of the fish should be 145 degrees F.
  7. Remove the fish from the oven and serve with lemon wedges.


  • Use any firm fish in this versatile recipe.  Options are halibut, haddock, salmon, swordfish, and mahi mahi.
  • As soon as the butter melts, turn off the heat. You just want to infuse the butter with the garlic as opposed to sautéing it.
  • A digital thermometer is indispensable when cooking fish. Overcooked fish will be dry. Perfectly cooked fish will be moist and opaque and have an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 piece of fish
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 504 mg
  • Fat: 15.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 92 mg

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