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Crispy Baked Cod

This Crispy Baked Cod is flaky, golden brown and ready in less than 20 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Cod, baked cod with butter, crispy baked cod
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 282.2kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 4 cod fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: fresh lemon wedges; chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add the butter to an 11 x 7-inch baking dish (or another similar size dish that easily holds all of your fillets). Place the dish in the hot oven, just until the butter melts (it will only take a few minutes).
  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture to coat on all sides, shake off excess breading, and place in the hot dish. Very carefully turn the fish to coat with butter. You can also use a spoon to drizzle the melted butter over the top of the fish.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes. Turn the broiler to HIGH and broil the fish for 1-2 more minutes, until the top of the fish is crispy and flakes easily with a fork. Keep a close eye on the fish while it’s under the broiler to make sure that it doesn’t burn.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fish and sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

AIR FRYER METHOD:

  • Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F. In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture.
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil cooking spray. Working in batches, arrange cod in the basket, leaving space between each piece so air can circulate. Spray the top of each piece of cod with olive oil spray.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through. The fish is done when it’s crispy and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fish and sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

Notes

  • Cooking just for two? Cut the ingredients in half to prepare just two fillets. The rest of the instructions remain the same.
  • Make fried fish sandwiches by serving the fillets on hoagie rolls with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce.
  • Serve fish tacos by putting the fillets in taco shells or tortillas with fresh salsa, guacamole and all of your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings!
  • This is a mild fish. If you prefer to some kick, you can add a dash of cayenne to the breading.
  • For a Parmesan Baked Cod recipe, try adding some grated Parmesan cheese to the breading mixture.
  • Air Fryer Cod: While I much prefer the oven-baked method, you can also prepare this recipe in the air fryer. Skip the melted butter and spritz the fillets with olive oil spray. Again, it won't be as buttery and flavorful as the baked version, but it does get nice and crispy. The full instructions for the air fryer method are included in the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 282.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 39.4g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 109.1mg | Sodium: 461.2mg | Potassium: 448.4mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.1g