30-Minute Baked Cod Recipe With Herbed Panko Crust: This Easy Cod Recipe Is a Lifesaver by Chef Gigi

Seafood Dinner
2 years ago

30-Minute Baked Cod Recipe With Herbed Panko Crust: This Easy Cod Recipe Is a Lifesaver

Seafood is a beautiful blank slate. You can add a variety of seasonings, herb breadcrumbs or citrus toppings to enhance the flavor of the fish – and the complete finished texture of the dish! This delicious baked cod recipe is super fast and easy! Serve alone or over your favorite sauce.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 to 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 cod fillets (any bones removed)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups panko or herb seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 sprig dill, minced
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped fine (divided)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Spray a high-sided baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
  2. In a small bowl combine the panko, parsley, dill, half the chives, Parmesan cheese and garlic. Add enough of the melted butter to make everything stick together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the fish in the baking dish allowing a little room in between. Season with salt and pepper and some lemon juice. Place a mound of the herbed panko mixture on each filet and pat down firmly.
  4. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the fish is opaque white and flaky and or your thermometer reads at 145 degrees F when inserted. Serve with lemon wedges.

Pro Tip: When preparing any fish filets with panko, the moisture from the fish has a tendency to make breadcrumbs or panko toppings soggy. There are a couple of ways to keep the panko nice and crispy. Always add a little melted butter to the mixture. The butter will help the panko brown nicely and hold the crunch. Also, be sure to bake at high heat, at least 425 degrees F. And don't walk away from the oven. Fish bakes fast and can dry out quickly.

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Elisa Schmitz
This sounds delicious, Chef Gigi Gaggero, 30Seconds.com Resident Chef , and I really appreciate the pro cooking tips at the end. No one likes a soggy crust, or a dried out fillet! Nice to have your chef secrets!!
Chef Gigi
Right! Ewe, I feel it's important to emphasize possible pitfalls in a recipe and how to avoid them. After all, we want everyone to stress-less, this is our mission!
Easy and yummy! 😋
Chef Gigi
Like Epic yum! I'm a big texture eater. Anything soft like a beautiful flaky fish I'll need a crunch! Hope you love it!
Definitely drool-worthy...

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