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Parmesan Baked Cod

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Fast and easy Parmesan Baked Cod recipe is a great weeknight seafood dinner idea! A flaky white fish topped with a creamy cheese coating for a healthy meal.
A full piece of Parmesan Baked Cod fish on a white plate.

This Parmesan Baked Cod is a fast and easy recipe perfect for the seafood lovers! A simple creamy mixture is coated on mild tasting fish and baked.

A full piece of Parmesan Baked Cod fish on a white plate.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This Parmesan Baked Cod is a delicious fresh fish recipe. Flaky fish is topped with a creamy mixture for a fast and easy weeknight meal dinner idea that is also a healthy recipe. It is a perfect recipe for busy weeknights that the whole family will love!

One of our simple fish recipes with simple ingredients and ready in just minutes!

While this is a crusted fish, the crispy crust more so comes from the broiled mixture and not crunch from breadcrumbs.


Full quantities and recipe details can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Let’s talk about the ingredients you need to make this parmesan crusted cod recipe!

Fresh Cod Fillets – cod is a classic mild white fish. If using frozen cod filets, be sure to thaw and drain first.

Mayonnaise – the base of our mixture for coating the fish, which will provide richness, creaminess, and moisture

Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese – fresh cheese is going to taste best here!

Fresh Parsley – a great way to add a hint of freshness!

Garlic Powder


Black Pepper

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Instruction Overview

To make this parmesan-crusted cod recipe, first preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

Make your Parmesan topping mixture by combining the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pat your fish dry with paper towels. Place the fish on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Spread the parmesan mixture over the top of the fish fillets to coat.

Bake the fish for approximately 10-12 minutes until done. Cooking time will vary slightly based on the exact size and thickness of the fish fillets. The cheese mixture will not completely melt into the fish fillets.

Turn the oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes to make the top crust golden brown.

Serve with some lemon wedges, lemon zest, and or more fresh parsley and your favorite sides! I love to serve this with my Homemade Rice Pilaf with Orzo!

Modifications and Substitutions

If you want a breaded crunch factor, you can mix in some panko breadcrumbs to the mayo mixture or adhere on top of the mayo once on the fish.. Watch the browning and broiling as it might darken quickly.


Why is my baked cod tough?

Cod is tough when you have overcooked the fish. You want the fish to be just opaque and white looking.

What is the best cooking technique for cod?

Baking and pan frying are great ways to cook cod!

Do you rinse cod before baking?

No. Fish filets should not be rinsed unless you need to remove scales.

What temperature should cod be cooked to in the oven?

Cod should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 c).

How do you know when cod is done in the oven?

You can take the internal temperature of cod with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest area to know if it is done. You can also gently break into the fish from the top to see what the thickest middle area looks like to make sure it is white and not translucent looking.
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Parmesan Baked Cod

Fast and easy Parmesan Baked Cod recipe is a great weeknight seafood dinner idea! A flaky white fish topped with a creamy cheese coating for a healthy meal.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, International
Keyword: Seafood
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 902kcal




  • Preheat oven to 450℉ (232℃).
  • Prepare your fish by drying it with paper towels. Place the fish pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil (sprayed with nonstick spray).
    4 cod fillets
  • Make the coating mixture by combining the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
    ⅓ cup mayonnaise, ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, black pepper
  • Spread the creamy mixture on top of each fish filet.
  • Bake fish for 10-12 minutes until cooked through and no longer translucent looking.
  • Change the oven to broil. Broil the fish 1-2 minutes longer to darken the crust mixture on top.
  • Serve with fresh lemon wedges and or more fresh parsley if desired.


If desired, press some panko breadcrumbs into the cream mixture after spreading on the fish. Do not broil, and keep an eye on it to make sure the breadcrumbs do not burn.


Calories: 902kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 163g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 402mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 3752mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 4mg
By on June 23rd, 2024

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1 thought on “Parmesan Baked Cod”

  1. 5 stars
    The mayo made it very moist and I loved the savory flavors. I made it in the air fryer and it turned out perfect. It was delicious!


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