This 15-minute baked white fish dinner recipe is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Ideal for any mild white fish!
My family loves seafood so when my husband recently requested white fish for dinner, I was happy to oblige.
What type of fish is white fish?
Whitefish is not a specific fish but more of a type of fish that is mild in flavor and low in fat and is typically inexpensive.
What kinds of white fish are out there?
There are a number of whitefishes that are available. The ones I usually recommend are Cod, Tillapia and Haddock.
Other whitefish options out there is grouper, halibut, sole, flounder, catfish, sea bass, swordfish, tuna or snapper (I’m sure I missed some). These options would all work.
Is whitefish healthy?
Yes! Low and fat and full of Omega 3’s it’s very healthy for you.
How to avoid making a dry, bland fish
A great way to lock in the juices and avoid ending up with dry, overcooked, bland fish is by mixing herbs, ground garlic cloves, and lemon zest into softened butter and spreading it over the whitefish before baking.
To add moisture and even more flavor, I top each fish filet with thin slices of lemon. Not only does it serve a purpose by locking in the juices but it turns a simple dinner into a total showstopper- fancy enough for entertaining.
Where to buy
Normally you can source whitefish from the seafood or fish counter at your local supermarket or a local fish monger. While you could buy the whitefish whole people prefer to purchase it in filet form.
Prices on fish vary depending on what you purchase with Tilapia and Cod being the cheapest with Tuna and Halibut being more pricey.
No seafood counter at your local store? No problem. There are usually frozen options as well in your freezer section. For this recipe it’s intended to be fresh fish.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What temperature should whitefish be cooked at?
350 degrees as you want the fish to cook gradually
How long should whitefish be cooked for?
Depending on the temperature of your oven it should be cooked for 15 to 20 minutes.
I love to sprinkle additional fresh herbs on top right before serving. While you can discard the baked lemon slices, I like to leave them on in case anyone wishes to squeeze on more lemon.
More lemon is always a good idea when it comes to seafood, am I right?
My Aunt Dolly and Uncle Vinny have a yearly Christmas Eve Italian tradition called ‘The Feast of the Seven Fishes‘ where the family gets together and has a grand meal before Christmas.
Other whitefish recipes
While this recipe is very versatile and great for whatever fresh fish you can get your hands on. You’re options are certainly not limited.
If you’re looking for other whitefish options check out these suggestions
- Baked Tilapia with Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce
- Parmesan Crusted Baked White Fish
Your fork is waiting.
Lemon Butter Baked White Fish
- 4 6-ounce white fish fillets (such as tilapia, cod or whitefish )
- ¼ cup butter (unsalted, softened)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced herbs (such as parsley, oregano, basil)
- 1 lemon (zested and thinly sliced)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix together softened butter with garlic, salt, pepper, minced herbs and lemon zest.
- Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place fish fillets in a single layer.
- Brush butter mixture evenly on top of fish then top with lemon slices.
- Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.