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Baked Cod With Panko Recipe

This easy baked cod with panko breadcrumbs is a total crowd pleaser, whether you're making a weeknight dinner for the family or celebrating a holiday meal. Cod fillets cook gently with a crunchy panko topping made with Ritz crackers, grated Parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs. Ideal for Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Prep15 mins
Cook15 mins
Total30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy baked cod, oven baked cod, parmesan crusted cod, ritz cracker crumbs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Ari Laing


9x13 baking dish
Mixing bowl


  • 4 Norwegian cod fillets about 2 - 2 ½ lbs
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup panko breadrumbs
  • ½ cup Ritz cracker crumbs about 12 crackers, finely ground
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • 2 Tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • 3 large garlic cloves finely chopped, about 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp lemon zest about 1 lemon (cut the lemon into wedges for serving)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Prepare the cod fillets. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut cod fillets into 2" pieces. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Place the cod on top (it's okay if it overlaps), then season with 1 ½ tsp Kosher salt and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • Make the breadcrumb topping. In a large mixing bowl, combine ½ cup panko, ½ cup Ritz cracker crumbs, 3 Tbsp chopped parsley, 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan, chopped garlic, and lemon zest. Stir with a fork to combine, then drizzle on 2 Tbsp melted butter. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Bake the cod. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly on top of the cod pieces. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, then bake for 12-15 minutes (if fish was in a single layer) or 15-18 minutes (if fish was overlapping a bit). Cod is fully cooked when an internal temperature of 145 F has been reached.
  • Garnish, then serve. Serve baked cod with additional parsley, if desired, and lemon wedges.



  • Can be assembled up to 1 day in advance. We recommend keeping the prepared panko breadcrumbs separate from the cod fish until ready to bake. 


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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