Parmesan Crusted Cod


Parmesan crusted cod is a simple recipe full of delicious flavor and texture. Coated with a seasoned parmesan breadcrumb mixture and baked until flaky and golden, it's a better-for-you take on fried fish that everyone will love.

Closeup shot of parmesan crusted cod fillet on plate.

I love fried fish, but I tend to shy away from it due to all the fat and grease. I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle, but I also don't want to miss out on great flavor. That's why I love making this baked cod recipe. My family and I can enjoy all the flavor and texture of fried fish without all the extra oil or cleanup!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: This recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
  • Simple Ingredients: You only need a few simple ingredients to make this fish.
  • Healthier: This recipe gives a close approximation of the texture of fried fish without all the extra fat and grease.
  • Easy Cleanup: Because it's baked, this recipe eliminates the messy cleanup of traditional fried fish.

Top Tip

Pat the fish dry before adding the coating. This allows it to stick more readily to the fish.

Closeup shot of parmesan crusted cod fillet halves stacked atop one another on plate.


This recipe only takes a few basic ingredients to deliver all its delicious flavor and texture. Everything you need to make it is listed here, but you'll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Cod Fillets: This firm, flaky whitefish is perfect for baking or frying.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil binds the parmesan, breadcrumbs, and seasonings together and to the fish.
  • Italian Breadcrumbs: Italian breadcrumbs add extra flavor, thanks to the inclusion of Italian seasonings and gives the fillets their crispy exterior.
  • Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder: Salt accentuates the other flavors in the recipe, while pepper adds an earthy, subtle heat. Finally, the garlic powder adds just enough kick to the coating.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The nutty, earthy flavor of parmesan adds complexity and more Italian flavor to the coating.
Closeup overhead shot of individual parmesan crusted cod ingredients in bowls on table.


This recipe only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and it only requires a few simple steps. It's an easy recipe that even beginners can make with no problems.

1: Combine the oil, seasonings, and breadcrumbs.

Closeup shot of oil being poured into bowlful of seasonings and breadcrumbs.

2: Press the mixture firmly onto both sides of the cod fillets.

Closeup overhead shot of cod fillets coated in seasoned breadcrumbs on baking sheet.

3: Bake until the coating is golden and the cod flakes easily with a fork.

Overhead shot of golden brown baked parmesan crusted cod on baking sheet.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Any white fish works: Any firm white fish will work for this recipe.
  • Make it spicy: Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the breading for a spicy kick.
  • Pan Fried: You can pan-fry these fillets if you prefer.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl
Overhead shot of parmesan crusted cod fillet on plate.


Store any leftover fillets in the refrigerator immediately for maximum flavor and shelf life.

To reheat the fillets, place them on a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees until heated through.

How long does parmesan crusted cod last in the fridge?

These parmesan crusted cod fillets will last for up to three days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Can I freeze these parmesan crusted cod fillets?

These cod fillets will last for up to three months in the freezer. Wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or a heavy-duty freezer bag.

What to Serve with Parmesan Crusted Cod

This breaded, baked cod recipe pairs well with a wide variety of sides, from vegetables to starchy options like potatoes, pasta, and rice. Try them with:

  • Baked potatoes
  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Tater tots
  • Your favorite rice dishes
  • Pasta and butter
  • Creamy pasta recipes like fettuccini alfredo
  • Side salad
  • In salads or on sandwiches

Tips for Making the Best Parmesan Crusted Cod

  • Pat the cod dry with paper towels to ensure the breadcrumb mixture sticks to the fillets.
  • Be sure to use a neutral-flavored oil so the flavor of the cod and the parmesan crust shine through.
  • If using frozen cod, defrost it in cold water for faster defrosting.
Closeup shot of parmesan crusted cod fillet on plate.


What does cod taste like?

Cod has a mild, sweet, delicate flavor and a firm, meaty, and flaky texture.

What is a good substitute for cod fish?

Haddock, pollock, tilapia, bass, and catfish all work well in place of cod.

How do you know when cod is done?

Cod is finished cooking when the flesh turns white and it easily flakes with a fork.

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Yield: 2 servings

Parmesan Crusted Cod

Parmesan Crusted Cod

This parmesan crusted cod is coated in a seasoned parmesan breadcrumb mixture and baked to golden perfection. Easy, healthy, and so good! #inspirationalmomma #parmesancrustedcod #parmesancrustedcodrecipe 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 2 - 8 oz cod filets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Italian style breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Blot cod filets with paper towel to absorb the moisture.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Press mixture onto both sides of the filets.
  5. Place breaded filets on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cod flakes apart with a fork.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 129mgSodium 898mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 54g

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