Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe

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If you’re wondering how to make fast and easy delicious fish that tastes just like the restaurants make it, then this is the Parmesan Baked Cod recipe for you! This easy cod recipe is seasoned to perfection and is so creamy and cheesy! The perfect blend of textures and flavors, ready in 20 minutes. Serve with my Famous Butter Rice or a Kale Salad.

parmesan baked cod on plate with lemon wedges

Why You’ll Love This Baked Cod Recipe

Here’s a ridiculously delicious baked cod recipe. I guarantee that this recipe is bound to win a few hearts and tummies over even if you think you don’t like fish. All you will need to pick up is some fresh cod and mayyyybe some fresh herbs if you don’t already have them! It’s a simple dinner that is fancy enough for guests but easy enough for busy weeknights. Oh, and did I mention that this tastes like it came out of a restaurant? Because it totally does. That’s like the best part!! Try it out A.S.A.P.

baked cod ingredients

Ingredients Needed For Parmesan Baked Cod

  • Fresh Fish- I used cod because I love its mild flavor, but a lot of my readers have used other fish (any mild white fish like halibut or tilapia, etc.) for this recipe with stellar results.
  • Mayonnaise – Please do not use miracle whip. However, if you absolutely hate mayo, substitute it for sour cream or plain greek yogurt.
  • Seasonings and Herbs – This includes, salt, black pepper, garlic, parsley, and basil. Fresh is best!
  • Parmigiano Reggiano – For best results use freshly grated cheese, not the pre-grated stuff.

How To Make Parmesan Baked Cod

All you need is a few simple ingredients, fresh cod fish and 20 minutes of your time to get restaurant quality fish. For full recipe details, including the full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is step by step directions for preparing and baking cod.

Preheat Oven + Prep Sheet Pan

Preheat oven to 450° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place fish fillets onto the prepared baking sheet pan and blot any excess liquid off with paper towels. Set aside.

Make the Parmesan Mixture

In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise together with parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined. Spread evenly over the top of the fish fillets. 

Bake + Broil

Place fish in the hot oven and bake 10-12 minutes or until fish starts looking opaque and will flake. 

Switch oven to broiler and brown the tops of the fish until lightly golden brown, about 1-2 minutes, watching it carefully so it doesn’t burn. 

Pro Tip: I find fish, in general, bakes best at a high temperature for a shorter period of time. I recommend baking at 450° F for 10-12 minutes or until just baked. You are looking for the internal temperature of the fish to be 145° F. Of course the time will vary slightly based on how thick your piece of fish is and how hot your oven runs, but this is a great guideline.

Believe it or not, the fish stays unbelievably moist, tender and flaky, plus has this buttery, cheesy, herby slightly crispy crust. Remove from oven and serve with some fresh lemon juice squeezed over your fillet. If you like tartar sauce, try my Homemade Tartar Sauce. It takes this dish to another level!

Side Dishes for Parmesan Baked Cod

Need help thinking up side dishes to go with this Baked Cod recipe? I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favorites.

baked cod with a bite taken with a gold fork

Storing Baked Cod

Cod and other seafood can be safely be stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, you can warm in the oven or air fryer at 275° F until heated through.

Other Fish Recipes To Try:

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If you’re looking for a healthy meal, this parmesan baked cod is a good one! It makes for an easy weeknight meal and is very flavorful! The printable recipe card is below! Have a good one, friends! 🙂

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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4.55 from 101 votes

Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe

If you're wondering how to make fast and easy delicious Parmesan Baked Cod that tastes just like the restaurants make it, then this is the recipe for you!! Salty, creamy, herby and cheesy! The perfect blend of textures and flavors.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 lb cod fillets
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese freshly grated
  • 2 tbs parsley fresh, chopped
  • 2 tbs basil fresh, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place fish fillets onto the prepared baking sheet and set aside.
    cod filets on a baking sheet
  • In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise together with cheese, fresh herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined. Spread evenly over the top of the fillets.
    Parmesan herb mixture in a bowl
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until fish starts looking opaque and will flake.
  • Switch oven to broiler and brown the tops of the fish until lightly golden, about 1-2 minutes, watching it carefully so it doesn't burn.
    parmesan baked cod on baking sheet
  • Remove from oven and serve warm.
    baked cod with a bite taken with a gold fork



Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 968mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Cod, Baked Cod Recipe, How to Bake Cod

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  3. Carrie

    5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. Simply looked on Pinterest for a cod recipe. Glad I stopped at this one. Absolutely amazing. Will be making again…SOON!

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  5. Jeanne L

    5 stars
    I am intimidated by making fish – don’t know why but there is always so much fresh fish where I live (Maine). Recently I bought cod, found your recipe, and made it. It was delicious and I am making it again tonight. Thank you. I feel liberated and will make more fish in 2017.

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  7. Colleen migliaccio

    5 stars
    I make this recipe all the time. The mixture is great opportunity almost everything. Put it on a cracker and bake. On chicken, and any other fish.

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  9. Bethany

    5 stars
    I just have to tell you that this has become our favorite recipe – my husband and I both love it! We’ve been eating low-carb and this recipe is perfect! We have used a variety of types of white fish and they all taste great! Thanks so much for sharing this now staple in our rotation!

  10. Bev

    5 stars
    Made this, this evening, and it was a big hit. Tweaked it a bit, used half sour cream, half mayo, and dried herbs, but fresh garlic, which I mixed ahead so they had time to re-hydrate a bit before baking. Served with fresh green beans and boiled and buttered finger potatoes. They would have licked the plate if acceptable. Thanks so much for the recipe

  11. Ruth

    5 stars
    I return to this recipe over & over, it is relish! We are always cooking & looking for the latst recipe, this we will keep forever, works on any fish. Thank you sooo much.

  12. Nancy

    5 stars
    This was great! I have many good recipes for salmon, but only a few for white fish. This was easy and very flavorful. I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it to company. The whole family loved it. Thanks!

  13. Ronni

    5 stars
    I don’t usually like fish, but I made cod using your recipe tonight and it was great! Everyone enjoyed it. I also have never cooked fish before and it was easy and quick! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jani

    5 stars
    I found this on pinterest, just tried this recipe and it was so good I had to comment. I substituted plain Greek yogurt for the mayo, and added extra garlic. Garlic is one of my favorites. I will most certainly use this recipe again. Delicious is an understatement!

  15. Kat

    5 stars
    I made this for my very picky husband and son tonight – they loved it!!! They even asked that it be put into the regular dinner rotation! I used catfish instead of cod because that’s what I had on hand, but it was delicious!!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  16. Kim

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. We aren’t big fans of mayo so I substituted sour cream. I also used dill and fresh garlic…it was amazing! Thanks again.

  17. Ann S.

    5 stars
    Substituted mayo for spicy mustard (mayo unwelcomed in this household) and the end result was delicious. The other ingredients mingled nicely and the crispy cheese was a hit. Easy prep, compliments “as a do over”.

  18. deborahL

    5 stars
    I used sour cream instead of mayo. This recipe is very easy and very good! Works great with my low carb lifestyle!

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  20. Emily Sullivan

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I wasn’t prepared with all the ingredients, so I used frozen pesto from last summers harvest along with the mayo, so it was a little overkill on the fat, but it was soooo moist and delicious!!!! I forgot to broil it, so the cheese wasn’t crunchy but still, I loved it. I live in Boise – fun place, and getting Foodier now that we have Trader Joes and Whole Foods 🙂

  21. Juliana

    5 stars
    OMG this was SO delicious. I even used frozen cod (all I had), and my super picky foodie BF couldn’t tell it was frozen. It was super easy and came out perfect (and I’m a very novice cook). “fancy enough for guests but easy enough for any weekday” is a perfect description. Thanks so much!!

  22. Kim

    5 stars
    i just made this. It was one of the easiest recipes I have ever made and turned out wonderful. My dad who can be picky said it was restaurant quality and requested I write the recipe down to make again later. Thank you!

  23. Jessica

    5 stars
    This was amazing!!! I didn’t have parsley but would like to try with next time. I still can’t believe how good this turned out! thank you for this recipe!

  24. Summer

    That looks amazing! One question – how strong is the garlic herb flavor? Do you think it’s mild enough to feed to a 10 month-old? My daughter is pretty adverse to table food, so I am looking to woo her with something delicious!

  25. Toni

    5 stars
    I typically don’t comment on anything, but I saw this yesterday and went straight to the fish market after work to make this quick meal.. Let me tell you, AHHH–MAZZ-ING & so easy. My daughter (8 yrs. old) & I loved this! Thank you so much for the new addition to my recipe box…Oh, I did sub mayo for greek yogurt w/ a lil salt n’ pep ( i hate the texture of mayo) and it was still delish! Thx again. Love your stuff!

  26. Karen

    5 stars
    I made this…was so easy and so good….I did add a sprinkle of panko crumbs to the top and I also omitted the step with the broiling…my smoke alarm will go off…turned out yummy anyway, and think I added a couple of minutes to the cook time to compensate for that…this will be a repeat…totally thumbs up from my family!!!!

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  28. Jill

    Made this tonight with tilapia and light mayonnaise. Delicious! Next time I think I’ll skip adding salt since the parmesan is plenty salty!

  29. Deborah

    All good things in this recipe – I need to try it! Surprisingly, my 5 year old LOVES fish, so I’m sure she’ll devour this.

    And aren’t you coming to Utah soon??

  30. Jenny

    I’m usually against cheese and fish but this looks great. I would probably skip the mayo all together and do this herb pesto style. Maybe add a little bit of cream cheese instead. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck on the drive! We used to do long drives like that when I was a kid. No a/c and no DVDs. Don’t know how our parents stayed sane…

  31. Ashton

    Looks delish!! I’m always looking for new dinner recipes, and we don’t do fish nearly often enough! Pinned 🙂

  32. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    I love white fish, but I tend to run outta ways to cook it. This recipe looks awesome! Good luck on your road trip! Hope you all survive *ahem* have fun, I mean! 😀

  33. Barbara Noland

    Had both a DUH and AHA moment…Greek Yogurt would be perfect replacement for mayo in this recipe. cannot wait to try it. thanks

  34. Jennifer

    ^^^ Barbara you could always try using plain greek yogurt. I have dont it that way in the past with no problem. All I did was to add a bit of salt, pepper and lemon to the yogurt and it was fine.

  35. Barbara Noland

    this looks amazing, but we just do not like mayo. Can you think of something we can substitute for the mayo? thanks

  36. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Your trip to New Orleans looked so fun! To bad you don’t get a travelling break – but have fun in Idaho!
    I love a good simple dinner, and am always looking for new ways to eat my sea critters! Pinned!

  37. Karen

    Safe travels and congrats to your sister and family! Thank you for this amazingly simple, yet delicious looking recipe…thinking I can use that spread on salmon or baked potatoes…limitless. You sure are a mileage maker recently.