The easiest weeknight 15 minute meal. Delicious, nutritious and filling! A white fish like cod is something that's pretty widely liked so even picky eaters may enjoy this. It's by no means a "fishy fish". A lot of the flavor comes from what you put on it and this hearty breadcrumb topping is packed with flavor!
There's also only a few steps in this recipe so even a new chef can master it the first time.
Simply mix it all up, top the fish and pop it in the oven! I love to serve this with some simple rice and vegetables but lemony pasta or garlic mashed potatoes would be heavenly as well.
I love adding the thin lemon slices on top because as it bakes we get that slightly crispy, slightly charred lemon peel on top which must bulks up the lemon flavor and adds a delicious textural component.
If you are dealing with someone who hates fish then you could replace the protein in this with chicken. starting by dredging it in the butter lemon mixture before tossing it in the herb breadcrumb topping. The baking time should extend to 20-25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165F in this case.
Breadcrumb Crusted Cod
4 Servings | Cook time: 15 minutes
Notes: This meal is for fresh and comforting. It’s both healthy and packed with protein and delicious on a cold night.
2 lbs Cod Filets (about 4 filets
2 tbsp fresh herbs (any combination of parsley, cilantro, basil, chives, etc.), chopped
1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp parmesan
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 lemon, sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a nonstick baking sheet with olive oil spray and arrange cod fillets on it.
Melt the butter for 10-15 seconds in the microwave.
In a bowl, mix together fresh herbs, breadcrumbs, butter, lemon juice, garlic, parmesan and spices. If mixture is very dry, add additional lemon juice as needed. The mixture should just stick together but stick be crumbly.
Distribute the breadcrumb mixture across the cod filets.
Top the cod with lemon slices.
Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the fish is white and flaky. For a crispier topping, finish with 1-2 minutes under the broiler until the lemon slices and breadcrumb mixture start to brown.
Remove from the oven and serve with rice sautéed green beans. This would also be delicious with some lemon pasta or garlic smashed potatoes.
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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used.