Garlic and Herb 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 Baked Cod recipe for you! Salty, creamy, herby, and cheesy! The perfect blend of textures and flavors.

Baked Cod

Baked Cod

Here’s a ridiculously delicious baked cod recipe. I know lots of you don’t particularly like fish, but I guarantee that this recipe is bound to win a few hearts and tummies over. 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 any weekday. Oh, and did I mention that this tastes like it came out of a restaurant? Cause it totally does. –>it’s like the best part!! Try it out asap! I’d love to know what you think of my latest and greatest dinner recipe 🙂

Baked Cod Recipe Ingredients

Cod – I used cod but a lot of my readers have used other fish for this recipe with stellar results. Check out the comments to see what others have done.

Mayonnaise – Please do not use miracle whip. However, if you absolutely hate mayo some of my readers have substituted it for sour cream or greek yogurt.

Seasonings – This includes, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, and basil.

Parmigiano Reggiano – The important thing to do for this ingredient is to use freshly grated cheese, not the pre-grated stuff.

How to Bake Cod

Baked Cod Recipe

Start by making the spread for the fish. Mayo, fresh herbs, garlic, cheese, etc.

All good things, all good things. 

Garlic Herb Mixture

Stir all those ingredients together until well incorporated and then smear your fish filets with it….

How to Bake Cod

…like so! Pop this into the oven until it’s just about done. THEN! Switch over to the broiler to crisp up the top!

Baked Cod

Aha! Dat fish es dun!

Baked Cod

Believe it or not, the fish stays unbelievably moist, tender and flaky, plus has this buttery herby slightly crunchy cheesy crust that will knock your freakin-motha-freakin’ socks off.

Seriously, anyone can make this recipe and make it perfectly the first time around. Holla!

Make sure to save this recipe because it’s a good one. Printable recipe card below, enjoy!

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4.98 from 46 votes

Garlic and Herb Baked Cod Recipe

If you're wondering how to make fast and easy delicious fish 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 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 2 lbs. cod fillets
  • 1/3 cup real mayonnaise not miracle whip
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigianno Regianno cheese no pre-grated cheese please!
  • 2 tablespoons each chopped fresh parsley and basil
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place fish fillets onto the prepared baking sheet and set aside.
  • 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. 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. Remove from oven, cool 3-5 minutes and serve.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Cod, Baked Cod Recipe, How to Bake Cod

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  2. Samantha

    5 stars
    First off this recipe is SIMPLE, DELICIOUS and VERSATILE.

    I made this recipe with Salmon and completely agree that using real, freshly grated cheese makes a world of a difference.

    The mayo keeps the fish moist and broiling at the end adds a nice crunch and color to the fish!

    I have had multiple friends ask for this recipe and am continuing to share it!

    Highly recommend – thanks for sharing!

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  4. Diana J Esparza

    5 stars
    My husband requests this recipe all the time when he knows I have cod to make, it’s that saucy/creamyness (lol not even a word) that he loves!!! Thank you for this!!

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  6. Laura

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for quick, easy, and healthy in the dinner department. This looks wonderful! Adding to my rotation. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Joanna

    5 stars
    Hi! Was just wondering if you’ve ever used a version of this spread on chicken before? Trying to cook at home more often and I will definitely be doing this one tonight or tomorrow with cod! But just wanted to see if you had other inspirations come from this easy peasy sounding recipe. Thanks!!

    1. Lauren

      It will get a little color, but it shouldn’t take long for the fish to brown. If you’re worried about it, don’t use parchment 🙂

  8. Michelle

    5 stars
    Absolutely savory and delicious! I only had jarred spices at had so opted for Herbs de Provence and granulated garlic but this only accentuated the flavor profile! Next time I would prefer to try with fresh herbs and garlic cloves. Thank you!

  9. barbara p

    5 stars
    OMG, this is the best fish recipe. So easy to make and the fish came out so moist and flaky. A+++++++ Thanks for sharing this keeper of a recipe.

  10. Stephanie

    5 stars
    This recipe is a regular at our house. I’ve tried it with a few different types of white fish and it has always been delicious! My 2 and 4 year olds even like it!

  11. Bridget Lampert

    5 stars
    Lauren – LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. Make it often. So simple. So yummy. So good for quick dinner. I have a very small mostly family following of a FB post – where I cook / bake and tell folks what I think worked and what didn’t work and what I did to it – for my family. This recipe – no adjustments. What’s not to love. It’s perfect. — FB: A Girl and Her Tomato Pie

  12. Michaela

    5 stars
    WOW!! I live near Seattle and have had a lot of cod but this is by far my favorite recipe I’ve used! My parsley plant isn’t doing well this year so I used more basil and added chives and some lemon zest. I’ll definitely make this again!

  13. Barbara Prokop

    5 stars
    I’m not a fish lover but this is my go to when I need to get some fish in my diet. I omit the salt, the cheese has enough in it.
    Thanks for sharing, this is a keeper!

  14. Angelica

    5 stars
    Easy, fast, and delicious recipe!!!!! I served it with broccoli and pasta. My husband gave extra credits!
    It was a hit!! I absolutely will cook it again.

  15. Vanessa

    5 stars
    I make this recipe all the time! It is delicious. To keep in a little healthier a use garlic aioli veganase and omit the sAlt. Absolutely fantastic!

  16. Jenna

    Hi Lauren! I’ve followed you for years and have made numerous recipes that you’ve created and have loved them all! Everything from buffalo chicken dip to baked cod to chicken pot pie soup to, my favorite, chocolate mug brownies! I’ve saved and shared your recipes with family and friends and when I don’t know what to cook, I always turn to you! Thanks for sharing your talents and congrats on 10 years of blogging!

  17. Deena

    Thank you so much so supplying your readers with such amazing, healthy recipes. Including nutrition facts is so important for all of us. Can I ask that you please include a carb count for the diabetics of us? Many thanks! Deena

  18. Lisa

    5 stars
    The topping was excellent!
    Didn’t have fresh herbs on hand so I used Herbs de Provence, still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe. I’m thinking it will work for chicken just as well!

  19. Cindy

    5 stars
    First time making any type of fish. I used Cod and I also used a piece of salmon. Came out good. I substituted Greek yogurt for the mayo and used more garlic..

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  21. Jonnie

    5 stars
    I didn’t, have all of the ingredients and made some substitutions and it was still amazing. It’s an outstanding cooking method. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Bianca Gabriele Schmitz-Culbert

    5 stars
    I made this last night with 1/2 mayo and 1/2 yoghurt, and cheddar instead of mozzarella. Absolutely lovely, will definitely make again! Thank you Lauren x

  23. Gayle Whittier

    I am a little reluctant to broil this fish on parchment paper. Am I wrong? I am going to do it without because I really want to try the recipe. It looks delicious.

  24. Christine

    5 stars
    This is always delicious in my house and we took it to some friends’ house last night and they enjoyed it, too! I put a little tomato-basil-balsamic salsa on it this time. Thanks for the recipe!!