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. Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers Avatar
    Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers

    We are so happy to see so many people trying this delicious-looking Wild Alaska Pollock recipe.

    Thank you for sharing this type of content. We are huge fans of this perfect protein!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you!

    2. Rachel Avatar

      It’s delicious, thank you soo much!! I paired it with broccoli and rice. ☺️

      1. Ashley @ The Lemon Bowl Avatar
        Ashley @ The Lemon Bowl

        Hi Rachel, great side dish choices! This recipe is sooo good right?!

    3. Lynn Avatar

      This looks like a great recipe. I’ll be making this tonight. Initially, you say the fish is broiled. Then, in the recipe you say to bake it.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Yes, we are baking at a high temperature to basically broil the top and get it crispy, but we aren’t using the broil function of the oven. Sorry for the confusion!

  2. Grace Avatar

    I am a New England girl who has NEVER liked any kind of fish. UNTIL NOW!! Holy cow, this is fantastic!! I made this for my husband son and granddaughter and they harped on me until I tried it…. I am soooo glad that I did❤️ This is a regular now on our menu list. Thank you for sharing

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you tried it and loved it!!

  3. Melinda Avatar

    Very tasty. I might pare back on the cayenne just a bit. Between that and the lemon there was enough zip for me. Thanks for posting.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed!!

  4. Maria Avatar

    I really enjoyed this recipe, the only thing I would do differently is season the fish before topping it and maybe leave the salt out of the panko mix so the fish is more thoroughly seasoned (I used frozen fish which I think tends to run a bit bland) I didn’t have as much fish as the recipe called for, so I toasted the extra bread crumb mix on the stove and topped my pasta with it, sooo delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes that’s a great tip too Maria! Enjoy!

    2. Micaela Avatar

      Can I use this recipe with halibut?

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Absolutely would be perfect with halibut, Micaela!

  5. Jen Avatar

    This was so yummy!!!!!!!!!! Very easy to make too. My mother does not eat fish unless she is in Aruba and she LOVED this and is now requesting once a week !!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so happy to hear you loved this!! And your mom too! yay!

      1. Bronwyn Avatar

        Am I the only one who found this recipe to be way too salty? And I like salt!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Did you use over a pound of fish – the 20 ounces? One teaspoon is the general rule of thumb for every pound (16 ounces)

  6. Moira Avatar

    This was delicious!…made exactly as described, using Alaskan rock fish. Came out perfectly and very tasty. Nice nip on the tongue from the cayenne, which combines so well with the lemon. Butter tempers the heat a bit, and garlic is very subtle. This will become a regular as we buy the fish in bulk!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Moira!! Merry Christmas!

  7. Susan H Avatar
    Susan H

    Super easy, super delish weeknight dinner. I subbed olive oil for the butter and prepared the dish with fresh cod. Served the fish with roasted acorn squash from my CSA and steamed broccoli. My husband, who swears he doesn’t like parmesan — and even orders veal parm sans parm and pizza without parmesan — had seconds of your recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed this meal Susan!!! Keep me posted on others you try!

  8. Pat C Avatar
    Pat C

    I made this with whiting fish. It turned out so good. I will definitely use this recipe again. I love any kind of fish.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh i’m so glad you enjoyed it Pat!!

  9. Jo Ann Avatar
    Jo Ann

    Do you need to thaw frozen fish before cooking?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can use frozen just cook a little longer!

      1. Mike Zander Avatar
        Mike Zander

        Huh, no! Make sure it is thawed or you will burn the panko.

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Oh yes good point – when I said frozen fish that still meant you had to thaw it first. I’ll add clarity around that now!

  10. Maria Avatar

    Loved recipe…so easy to put together and really tasty.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

    2. Jules Avatar

      Delicious!! Have made this with cod, haddock, and tilapia and it is amazing. New go to fish recipe :)

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        That makes me so happy Jules!