Easy Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe

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Parmesan crusted baked cod recipe is easy and ready in 30 minutes. Tender cod fillets are coated with parmesan and baked to perfection. You can serve this dish with appetizing side dishes such as brown rice or a simple salad. 

Delicious parmesan baked cod served with brown rice.


We love fish and seafood recipes over here and If you’ve been around long enough, you know I’ve covered different methods of cooking all kinds of fish including how to grill branzino or how to broil salmon. Cod is one of my favorite types of fish to work with because of its flavor and texture. You can easily turn it to fish curry or pan sear it for a fancy dinner or simply bake it like this Turkish style cod (that tomato sauce is everything!).

Today, I’m going to show you one of the easiest cod recipes: this parmesan baked cod requires just a few ingredients and a few minutes to prepare and is unbelievably flaky and tasty!

Why this recipe works

  • A healthy choice: Fish and seafood have a special place in the Mediterranean diet and it’s advisable to consume them once or twice a week. I love playing with different seafoods in the kitchen and trying new flavors with each.
  • Easy to make: This baked cod recipe is one of the easiest seafood recipes you will ever try. First, parmesan is mixed with a number of Mediterranean spices. Then, cod is coated with this parmesan combination and baked in the oven until flaky and tender. Finally, it’s plated with brown rice and topped with fresh parsley as garnish. 
  • Simple ingredients: Even though the ingredients are simple and the steps are quite straightforward, this dish is ridiculously delicious and every bite is a feast of flavors. Also, it’s naturally gluten free and conveniently made with just one sheet pan.
A plate of baked cod with rice makes a healthy dinner that you can make in less than 30 minutes

What Does Cod Taste Like?

Cod has a mild flavor and a delicate texture. It’s lean and consists of large, tender flakes. This fish is perfect for baking and, because of its mild flavors, it’s easy to adjust the recipe. You can serve it with many side dishes. I think that brown rice pairs especially well with cod! 

The Ingredients

To make this recipe, you need cod fillets, parmesan cheese, olive oil and spices.
  • Cod: You can use fresh or frozen cod for this cod for this recipe. If using frozen, make sure to thaw it completely per the packaging instructions before you start cooking.
  • Parmesan cheese: Grated parmesan cheese add so much flavor to this dish.
  • Spices: You need paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Make sure not to add too much salt since parmesan is already salty.

How To Make Parmesan Baked Cod

Brush the cod with olive oil. In a bowl mix parmesan with paprika and oregano. Dredge the cod in parmesan and bake in the oven.
  1. Make the parmesan combination: In a small bowl, mix grated parmesan with paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. 
  2. Prepare the cod: Brush the cod pieces with olive oil and coat them with the parmesan mixture. Make sure they’re covered well on all sides. Place them on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake in the oven until flaky and fully cooked.

Serving Suggestions

There are many side dishes that you can serve with parmesan cod. For a light side dish, try our Mediterranean salad or cucumber tomato feta salad. If you’re looking for starchier sides, Mediterranean potato salad, roasted potatoes, Greek baked fries or instant pot brown rice can be a good option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other spices?

Yes, you can tweak the spices to your liking. If you’d like the fish to be spicy, add some cayenne pepper. I’ve tried adding dried dill and loved it as well.

How would I know if the cod is fully baked?

The fish should be firm and flake easily when baked completely. But make sure not to overcook it because it’ll lose its tender texture.

How can I store the leftovers?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Can I make this ahead of time?

It’s always best to serve fish and seafood right after you cook them, therefore I don’t recommend cooking this recipe ahead of time.

This recipe is perfect for a simple and quick family dinner, even kids love this dish.

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4.55 from 81 votes

Easy Parmesan Baked Cod Recipe

Parmesan crusted baked cod recipe is easy and ready in 30 minutes. Tender cod fillets are coated with parmesan and baked to perfection. You can serve this dish with appetizing side dishes such as brown rice or a simple salad. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 1 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lb cod fillet, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat it with a cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix parmesan with paprika, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Brush the cod fillets with olive oil on all sides.
  • Coat each fillet with the parmesan mixture, make sure that the fillets are coated well on all sides.
  • Place the fillets on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the fish is completely cooked and flakes easily.
  • Serve with brown rice or a side salad.



  1. You can use fresh or frozen cod for this recipe. If using frozen, make sure to thaw it completely according to the packaging. 
  2. It’s best to serve this dish right away. However, if you have leftovers, store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. 
  3. You can serve parmesan baked cod with starchy sides such as Mediterranean potato salad, instant pot brown rice or with a simple Mediterranean salad
  4. It’s possible to jazz the spice mix up by adding 1/2 tsp turmeric, cayenne pepper or 1 tsp dried dill.  


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 971mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Shadi HasanzadeNemati

I'm here to show you how to make delicious Persian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food at home. My easy to follow recipes will bring exciting new flavors to your table!

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this fish! I am always looking for new ways to tempt my kiddo into trying more fish, she loved this and asked for more!

  2. 5 stars
    Love buying cod for easy weeknight meals and this is a fun new way to prepare it I hadn’t yet tried. Delicious and will definitely be coming back to this recipe!

  3. I made this on the fly tonight for dinner, it came out perfect and was so amazingly good. Easy to make, and absolutely delicious. This’ll be a regular in my house!

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe tonight & it’s a keeper – delicious & easy! I added dried dill as suggested.

  5. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new seafood recipes especially when they look this flavorful. I’m adding this parmesan baked cod to our menu.

  6. 5 stars
    Cod is one of my favorites. I love how crispy and delicious this looks. I cant wait to make it for my family.