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Baked Cod Recipe

One of my favorite seafood recipes is this baked cod recipe, which results in the crispiest, flakiest cracker-crusted cod you’ll ever make. With its flavorful breading and short prep time (only 20 minutes!) I’m certain it’ll become your favorite seafood recipe, too.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal


  • Oven


  • 2 tablespoon Salted Butter divided
  • ½ Sleeve Ritz® Butter Crackers crushed
  • Dash of Black Pepper to taste
  • teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ Lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 lb. Cod
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon Green Onions thinly sliced
  • ½ Lemon sliced for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fareneheit.
  • While oven preheats melt 2 tablespoons butter. In a large bowl, pour the melted butter into the crushed Ritz® Butter Crackers, sprinkle in the black pepper, paprika, and lemon zest. Mix well.
  • Spray a glass 9x12 baking dish with cooking spray. Place the cod on the baking dish and carefully add the cracker topping.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Remove the fish from the oven. Squeeze half the lemon juice over top the fish, and garnish with fresh parsley and green onions. Serve with an additional lemon wedge.


  • Sides: A few fantastic sides that pair great with crispy baked cod...
    • French fries for a fish & chips meal
    • Other potato-based sides like mashed potatoes or baby potatoes
    • Carrot or cucumber dishes or salads
    • Rice dishes (especially riced cauliflower or lemon rice—so good!)
    • Roasted asparagus 
  • How to know when the fish is done: Really pay attention to that “flakes easily with a fork” step in the directions. If you’re still not sure, the breading on the fish will also turn a delicious-looking golden brown color!
  • Using leftovers: 
    • Throw them in a taco shell with your favorite Mexican toppings for scrumptious cod-based fish tacos, or…
    • Use them in fish sandwiches with a dash of mayo.
  • Meat substitutions: haddock should work just as well in this recipe over cod, especially since haddock is sometimes sold as cod.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 468mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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