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Crispy Baked Cod with Panko Recipe on a plate with a side of steamed asparagus

Panko Crusted Cod Recipe

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Crispy Baked Cod with Panko is an easy, flavorful, and light dinner meal. Flaky cod fillets topped with seasoned, lemon, garlic, and parsley Panko breadcrumbs then baked to perfection!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 34 (6 ounce) cod fillets
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 gloves garlic, finely minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil + 2 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided into slices (one for each fillet)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges (optional: for serving), cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F, and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil. Use paper towels to pat the cod fillets dry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, olive oil, and paprika. Stir with fork to combine. Set aside.
  3. Place the fillets onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle 2 teaspoons olive oil and lemon juice over the cod fillets, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. 
  4. Top each fillet with 2 to 3 tablespoons of panko topping, and press down gently to ensure the topping stays on top of the fish. Add a slice of butter on top of each fillet. 
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and is opaque in the center. According to the USDA, an instant read thermometer should read 145°F when inserted into the thickest part of the cod.
  6. Serve hot with lemon wedges, and a side of your favorite vegetable, and bread!
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian