Parmesan Crusted Baked White Fish

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This quick and easy seafood dinner recipe is made with a garlicky parmesan crusted white fish broiled until light, flaky, and crispy.

Garic Parmesan White Fish

Making seafood at home couldn’t be easier or faster. For a quick weeknight dinner, I love to make my Parmesan Crusted Baked White Fish to have a meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. Baking fish is a great way to keep the dish healthy and delicious, without using excessive amounts of oil. For this particular recipe, any white fish works. However, I used wild caught cod, because it’s my husband’s favorite and happened to be on sale. But if fresh fish isn’t easily accessible to you, any frozen white fish will work great as well!


  • White fish: While I used cod, this recipe would taste great on any white fish, like tilapia or catfish.
  • Panko: Paired with the parmesan, it creates a delicious, crispy crust on top of the fish.
  • Parmesan: Slightly nutty, sharp, and salty, I prefer to use freshly grated as it tends to bake better.
  • Butter: Helps bond the crust to the fish, and keeps the fish moist while baking.
  • Garlic: It sweetens as it cooks, pairing well with the nutty flavors of the parmesan.
  • Lemon: Using both zest in the crust and juice at the end adds delicious, bright flavor that pairs wonderfully with fish.

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Baked white Fish

Zesting Lemon

Start your parmesan crusted white fish by zesting your lemon into a small bowl, and add the panko bread crumbs and garlic.

Grating Parmesan

Then freshly grate your parmesan cheese, add the salt, pepper, and cayenne (if you’re feeling spicy), and slowly stir in the softened butter.

Prepping White Fish

Then take your white fish and cut into evenly sized pieces that will fit on your prepared baking sheet.

Placing Topping on Fish

Press the parmesan and panko mixture onto the tops of each fish before tossing in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Garlic Parmesan Baked White Fish

Drizzle fish with fresh lemon juice and top with fresh parsley, then serve and enjoy your Parmesan Crusted Baked White Fish!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a flaky white fish?

The most common are going to be cod, flounder, tilapia, catfish, and halibut. You should be able to find all of these in both the freezer aisle or seafood counter in your local grocery store.

What temperature should fish be cooked to?

To be considered safely cooked, fish needs to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do you cook frozen white fish?

Fresh or frozen fish both work well for this recipe. However, if you use a frozen variety be sure to defrost it before cooking. Otherwise, the panko coating will burn!

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Parmesan Crusted White Fish

4.77 stars average
This quick and easy seafood dinner recipe is made with a garlicky parmesan crusted white fish broiled until light, flaky, and crispy.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


  • 20 ounces firm white fish (such as cod, haddock or tilapia)
  • cup panko
  • cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray and place fish fillets on top.
  • In a small bowl, use a fork to mix together all remaining ingredients except the lemon juice (panko through cayenne.) Gently press mixture on top of the fish filets then bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drizzle fish with lemon juice before serving.

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Serving: 1filetCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 30gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 909mgPotassium: 615mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 408IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
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45 responses to “Parmesan Crusted Baked White Fish”

  1. Dorothy Avatar

    Just like downtown!! 🥰👍🤓💝

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
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  2. Lisa Avatar

    delicious, though I did leave out the garlic. I made halibut sent to me by a friend in Alaska, family went crazy, made and salad and fresh New Jersey corn on the cob, perfect summer dinner

  3. Lauri Avatar

    Could you use butter instead of the baking spray?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes definitely! It’ll just alter the calorie count a bit.

  4. Brittany Avatar

    I don’t usually review recipes, but this was so good I had to make an exception! This was the best fish I’ve had in a while – and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make! The panko was nice and crunchy, the parmesan added a lot to the delicate flavor of the tilapia, and the cayenne gave it a welcome extra kick. I definitely want to make this again!

  5. tdchinges Avatar

    I did it your way today
    Added some ginger, a little spicy
    My son likes to eat

  6. Patty Avatar

    LOVED THIS!!! Husband asked if I could use just this recipe for fish from now on! Added a little turmeric too, as we like things a little spicy. Great flavor!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh turmeric is a great addition! Glad you guys enjoyed!

  7. Ella Avatar

    We have a bunch of fish to use up from the freezer. Can’t wait to try this out for dinner.

  8. Emily Avatar

    This is now on regular rotation at my house! Everyone loves it and I love that it is quick and delicious! Definitely our favorite fish recipe!

  9. Dorothy Avatar

    I made this for lunch today, it was sooo good. I used cat fish fillets and red snapper. Followed your recipe 100%. Both were delicious, family really enjoyed it. I paired it with a salad and a baked potato with all the trimmings along with butter rolls. Definitely a keeper! No need to fry fish with this recipe.

  10. Denise Avatar

    This recipe is awesome! I paired it with asparagus and I used frozen fish.