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"Move On Up" Easy Oven Baked Cod With Panko

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This recipe for baked cod with panko topping is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy. The cod is coated in a crispy panko breadcrumb mixture, then baked until flaky and tender.

Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb that's crispy and light. It's perfect for the flakiness of the cod, which is a delicate fish. The crunchy panko crumbs helps to keep the cod moist and gives it a nice, crunchy texture.

Baked cod is a healthy and delicious alternative to fried fish, and it's easy to make at home. Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place fresh fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with panko and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the cod is cooked through.

So if you're looking for an easy way to make a crispy baked cod recipe, give this recipe a try! You won't be disappointed.

cod with panko crust on top of cabbage and plantains

Beats and Eats (music to pair with easy oven baked cod)

Light, bright, and crispy is how I'd describe these easy panko crusted cod recipe. The tight structure and optimistic vibe of Curtis Mayfield's civil rights anthem "Move On Up."

Ingredients Needed To Make Panko Crusted Cod

How To Make Baked Cod With Panko (step by step)

Season cod with dry seasoning mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but preferably overnight.

Remove the cod fish from the refrigerator and allow fish to reach room temperature.

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

IIn a small bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs, lime juice, olive oil, and remaining spices.

Top the fillets with the panko mixture pressing down to make sure the crust sticks.

Bake the cod for 12-15 minutes. Remove and douse with some more lime juice.

cod with panko crust on top of cabbage and plantains

Cooking Tips and Considerations For Panko Crusted Cod

Lemon juice works fine in place of lime juice.

The beauty of this recipe works with other flaky fish like snapper, flounder, or whiting).

Regular breadcrumbs could work but will create a different texture altogether. It will not be as light or crunchy as panko.

The panko adds for a crispy topping, but you can jazz things up some by adding some parmesan cheese for a nice flavorful parmesan crust

Replace the olive oil with butter for buttery panko breadcrumbs that taste delicious!

I used jerk seasoning because that's what I had on hand. Feel free to make your own dry spice mix. Garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika make for a really good simple homemade mix.

Serve with a great side dish like coconut rice, rice pilaf, Jamaican cabbage, green beans, or simply with my favorite side - french fries. I went for a completely Jamaican vibe with the plantains and rice and peas.

You can also keep it old school and serve the cod with a dollop of tartar sauce on top

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Baked Fish Recipes With Panko

Can You Air Fry Panko Cod?

Yes, you can but it's a slightly different cooking process. Pre-heat your air fryer at 360º F then coat with cooking spray and then cook the cod for 6-8 minutes on each side.

Can You Make This Dish With Frozen Cod?

Yes, you can, but I prefer fresh cod instead. That fresh flavor is just better and the texture is more natural.

For Other Easy Fish Recipes Try These:

Fish and Grits

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Fried Catfish

Jerk Red Snapper

This easy baked panko crusted cod recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. The cod is lightly breaded in a crispy, gluten-free panko crust and then baked until golden brown. Serve with your favorite side dish for a delicious dinner that the whole family will love. Have you tried this recipe? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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cod with panko crust on top of cabbage and plantains

Easy Oven Baked Cod with Panko Crust

Oven baked cod recipe for a quick & healthy weeknight meal. Cod is lightly breaded in a crispy, panko crust & then baked until golden brown.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 24 oz Cod Fillets 4 6 oz fillets
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Lime Juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Dry Jerk Seasoning

Instructions

  • Season cod with dry seasoning mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but preferably overnight.
  • Remove the cod fish from the refrigerator and allow fish to reach room temperature.
  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • IIn a small bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs, lime juice, olive oil, and remaining spices.
  • Top the fillets with the panko mixture pressing down to make sure the crust sticks.
  • Bake the cod for 12-15 minutes. Remove and douse with some more lime juice.

Notes

Lemon juice works fine in place of lime juice.
The beauty of this recipe works with other flaky fish like snapper, flounder, or whiting).
Regular breadcrumbs could work but will create a different texture altogether. It will not be as light or crunchy as panko.
The panko adds for a crispy topping, but you can jazz things up some by adding some parmesan cheese for a nice flavorful parmesan crust
Replace the olive oil with butter for buttery panko breadcrumbs that taste delicious!
I used jerk seasoning because that's what I had on hand. Feel free to make your own dry spice mix. Garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika make for a really good simple homemade mix.
Serve with a great side dish like coconut rice, rice pilaf, Jamaican cabbage, green beans, or simply with my favorite side - french fries. I went for a completely Jamaican vibe with the plantains and rice and peas.
You can also keep it old school and serve the cod with a dollop of tartar sauce on top

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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Erin

Sunday 26th of June 2022

I love how quick and easy this baked cod looks! Perfect for busy weeknights. I'll have to try it soon!

Ann

Sunday 26th of June 2022

I made your exact recipe, but made the cod in the air fryer. It turned out great! Definitely a recipe I will be making again!

Marie

Sunday 26th of June 2022

My family (especially the kids!) loved that crunchy topping! The fish remains so tender and juicy underneath. This is a really delicious way to prep cod.

Cathleen

Saturday 25th of June 2022

I actually bought cod the other day and had no idea what to do with it. This recipe came at the most perfect time! Thanks so much for the recipe :)

Debbie

Friday 24th of June 2022

I love baked code and adding the panko crust gave such a wonderful crispness . My whole family loved this easy recipe !