The entire family will love this Panko Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe! It uses simple ingredients for the crispy topping, making it a healthy recipe for busy weeknights.

I like to think of this easy recipe as an adult version of fish sticks! This Parmesan Baked Cod recipe has flaky fish with a crunchy topping that the WHOLE family can enjoy!

A photo of cod baked on a sheet pan

But, this Parmesan Crusted Cod is baked, not fried! And, we add Parmesan cheese, lemon and seasonings to the panko crust. So, you still get that crispy crust that kids love.

It’s a delicious dinner recipe that’s good for an easy weeknight meal, or date night at home.

A photo of baked cod with green beans on a black plate

For this crispy oven roasted fish recipe, we use fresh cod! Fresh Atlantic Cod (or Pacific Cod) is the perfect base for a healthy meal.

The beauty of this recipe is that other than the fresh fish, I bet you have most of the ingredients on hand already!

a photo of flaky baked cod on a fork

Substitutes for Cod:

Fresh cod is mild tasting and there are several substitutes! I typically use Atlantic or Pacific Cod, but there are several good substitutes! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Mahi Mahi
  • Tilapia
  • Haddock

Truly, any mild white fish will do!

A photo of baked cod on a sheet pan surrounded by lemon wedges and bread crumbs

Other Recipe Substitutions:

Also, you can substitute regular breadcrumbs or gluten free/keto breadcrumbs in the panko mixture.

The Best Side Dishes for Panko Baked Cod:

My favorite side dish for this recipe? Air fryer french fries! Here are a few more suggestions:

a photo of three pieces of baked cod on a sheet pan

How to Store Leftover Parmesan Baked Cod:

Store leftover fish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. For best results, reheat in the air fryer or on a sheet pan.

A photo of panko crusted cod on a sheet pan

Easy Parmesan Baked Cod

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The entire family will love this Panko Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe! It uses simple ingredients for the crispy topping, making it a healthy recipe for busy weeknights!


  • 1 pounds Atlantic Cod, cut into 4 serving size pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 eggs

For the coating:

  • ⅔ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • cooking spray OR 1 tablespoon melted butter

For garnish:

  • juice of one lemon
  • fresh parsley or thyme
  • lemon wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray, or line it with aluminum foil.
  2. Pat the fish filets dry with paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle the fish fillets with salt, garlic powder, black pepper and onion powder.
  4. In a small bowl, add egg and whisk.
  5. In a second, shallow dish, add panko crumbs, Parmesan, and spices.
  6. Dip the cod fillets in the egg mixture and place the filet on the prepared baking sheet. Then, gently press the panko breadcrumb mixture onto the top of the fish as well as the sides of each fish filet.
  7. Spray panko breadcrumbs with cooking spray or drizzle with melted butter (or a little olive oil). Doing this will help the crunchy panko turn golden brown.
  8. Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit with an instant read thermometer, and the fish flakes easily.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice over the top of the baked cod, and garnish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 291Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 168mgSodium 526mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 34g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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