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Closeup of cooked cod fillets on a white plate with broccoli and lemon.

Panko Crusted Cod

Author: Louisa Clements
5 from 1 vote
Panko crusted cod is a delicious, easy dinner ready in under 20 minutes. Cod fillets are topped with buttery panko breadcrumbs, fresh parsley, garlic and lemon and baked in the oven for perfectly cooked, flaky fish.
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 14 minutes
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Servings: 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb cod fillets
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 450F. Depending on the length of your fillets either grease a 8x8 or a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil. Add fish fillets and season evenly with salt.
  • Add butter to a medium microwave-safe bowl and carefully melt in the microwave. Stir in panko, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. Stir to coat evenly in butter.
  • Spoon topping overtop of the fillets, pat down lightly to adhere slightly.
  • Roast for 5-7 minutes, until fully cooked. Turn on broiler, and broil for 1-2 minutes until breadcrumbs are toasted and golden brown.


  1. The topping won't fully adhere to the cod before you cook it, so just lightly pat it down. 
  2. Keep an eye on the fish when it is under the broiler, the breadcrumbs can burn quickly. 
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