Crunchy Baked Cod

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This Crunchy Baked Cod is a delicious way to serve fish. Pair with boiled or mashed potatoes and a fresh, green salad for a satisfying and nourishing dinner.

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Crunchy Baked Cod

Today I bring you a classic recipe to add to your meal plan: crunchy baked cod. It’s packed with flavor thanks to a combination of garlic, butter, parsley, Pecorino cheese, and homemade bread crumbs.

I adapted this recipe many years ago from one of my Swedish cookbooks, “Vår Kok Bok.” I’ve made it many times and it’s always a hit. Next on my list is to make it with a gluten-free topping. Perhaps nuts or another grain? Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Busy Spring

It’s been a busy spring around here and so I’m thankful for simple recipes like this Crunchy Baked Cod that not only provide nourishment for my family but also taste delicious!

What have I been up to? Here are just a few things…

Teaching Nutrition

I’m just wrapping up my first semester of teaching nutrition at a local college. Overall, I would say it has gone quite well. I’m really proud to have conquered my fear of public speaking. Of course, I still have so much to learn about teaching!


Diving Deeper into Yoga

And at the same time that I wrap up teaching nutrition, I wrap up my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yes, the grand finale is this weekend! Needless to say, it’s been busy and that’s why I’ve been a little MIA. But not to worry, I have a lot of great recipes and blog articles coming your way. So stay tuned!

Slow Down and Breathe

In the meantime, here is a reminder for us all: slow down and breathe. Honestly, if there’s one important concept I’ve learned from yoga and mindfulness training, it’s that. Time goes fast. Slow down. Reconnect with your breath. Notice. Be present. Savor. Breathe.

(Actually, I’ve learned many important concepts, but not to worry, I won’t throw them all at you today!)

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Get Cooking

Alright, time to get cooking. Also, if you like this recipe, here are some others to try:


Crunchy Baked Cod

This crunchy baked cod will melt right in your mouth. Traditional breadcrumbs get swapped out for their more nutritious, whole-grain counterparts. The cod works well, but you could use any fresh or frozen thawed white fish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Scandinavian


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (or use about ¾ cup of panko bread crumbs)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds cod filet or try haddock
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  • Place bread in food processor and pulse until it becomes the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  • Spread oil onto a 9x13 (or similar sized) baking dish. Add cod. Sprinkle cod with salt and then drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • Cover with foil and bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or until fragrant. Mix in the fresh breadcrumbs, the parsley, and the grated cheese.
  • Remove fish from oven and spread the breadcrumb mixture onto the cod. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through. Garnish with sliced grape tomatoes (or these can be cooked with the cod if you prefer) and more fresh parsley.
Keyword cod, haddock, seafood
Note: Be careful not to overcook the fish. Thin fish may cook in as little as 12-15 minutes, while thicker or partially frozen fish may take 20 minutes or even a little more.


Text updated January 2021.


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