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Pesto, Parmesan and Panko Baked Cod on a table

Pesto, Parmesan and Panko Baked Cod

  • Author: Christina
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A quick and satisfying baked fish dinner that can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Easy and impressive cooking for the win!



4 6-oz fillets of cod

2 tablespoons basil pesto

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded or grated

1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus wedges for serving

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Fresh basil, optional, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.  Dry fish fillets well with paper towels. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Lay your cod fillets on the paper. 
  2. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons basil pesto with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 
  4. Using a pastry brush, cover the top of the fish fillets with a thin coat of the pesto mixture. Next, cover each fillet in about 3 big tablespoons of the seasoned panko mixture. Pat down lightly to ensure the crumbs adhere to the fish. 
  5. Bake fish in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until the panko crust is golden brown and the internal temperature of the fish reaches 145℉. (Precise cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fish fillets.) Serve with lemon wedges and fresh basil for garnish.


Fish: the recipe calls for cod, but your favorite flaky white fish will work, including haddock, halibut or sea bass fillets. If choosing a fish that is significantly thinner or thicker than a 1-inch thick cod fillet, adjust cooking times.

Bread crumbs: panko adds a shatteringly crisp top to our flaky fish. But regular bread crumbs are a fine substitute.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Easy Recipes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pesto Parmesan Cod, Breaded Cod Recipe, Cod Recipes