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Crispy Oven Baked Fish (20 min recipe)

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  • Author: Emily Roselyn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


This crispy baked fish is crowned with a buttery golden brown panko coating for a quick and easy midweek dinner. A great fish recipe for those who dislike fish. And for those who do as well. Choose your favorite mild white fish with a sauce or seasoning (we have lots of suggestions).



  • 1 pound (450g) white fish, skinned, cut in even(ish) pieces, Note 1

  • salt and pepper to taste

Panko breadcrumb coating

  • 1 cup (119g) Panko breadcrumbs (or finely crushed Ritz cracker/cornflakes)

  • 1 tablespoon butter use 1 1/2 tbsp for extra buttery crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, Note 2 or Old Bay

  • zest of 1 lemon

Mayonnaise coating

  • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise light is fine

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Garnish and dipping sauce

  • lemon wedges

  • dipping sauce options, Note 3


  1. BAKE: Depending on the thickness of the fish, bake for 7-10 minutes in the middle rack of the oven. It will take around 10 minutes to cook a fish that is one inch (2.5cm) thick. 7-8 minutes for a half inch. The temperature will be 135 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) on an instant thermometer. The fish should flake readily and be transparent in appearance (not dry). Serve with lemon wedges



  • Haddock (shown), sole, cod, tilapia, flounder, grouper, snapper, artic char, halibut, and walleye are among the fish available.

  • If you don’t have Cajun seasoning on hand, substitute Old Bay or Jerk seasoning. 1 teaspoon smoked/regular paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper

  • Optional dipping sauces (1/4 cup/60ml):

    • 1/4 cup/60ml mayonnaise, 1/2 tbsp minced capers, 1 tsp Dijon, 1 tsp lemon juice (traditional tartar sauce).

    • 1/4 cup/60ml ketchup, 1 tbsp prepared horseradish for the seafood cocktail sauce a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of Worcestershire sauce are optional.

    • sauce with plums

    • Mustard with honey

    • 2 tsp sriracha + 1/4 cup mayo = Sriracha mayo

    • 1/4 cup/60ml mayonnaise + 1/2 tsp minced garlic + 2 tsp lemon juice = lemon garlic mayo

  • Category: Main
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 395kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 2114mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg

Keywords: fish, oven baked, crispy fish