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Parmesan Baked Cod

Parmesan Baked Cod—a recipe that brings a bit of gourmet flair to your table with minimal effort. Picture succulent cod fillets, tender and flaky, coated with a savory, crispy Parmesan crust. This dish is a delightful balance of light and rich, perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself to a special meal. It’s quick, easy, and oh-so-satisfying!

Résumé of the Recipe: Parmesan Baked Cod is a perfect dish for those nights when you want something both delicious and nutritious. This recipe features tender cod fillets topped with a golden, crispy Parmesan crust, delivering a delightful crunch with every bite. It’s a simple yet elegant way to enjoy seafood, ideal for weeknight dinners or special occasions alike.

Exciting Story: This Parmesan Baked Cod became an instant favorite in our household the first time I made it. One busy weekday evening, I was looking for a quick, healthy dinner that wouldn’t skimp on flavor. As the cod baked in the oven, the smell of melting Parmesan filled the kitchen, drawing everyone to the table long before it was ready. When we finally sat down to eat, the response was unanimous: this dish was a keeper. Now, it’s a go-to recipe whenever we crave something special yet simple to prepare.

Why This Parmesan Baked Cod?

Selling Points:

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Healthy and Nutritious: Cod is low in fat and high in protein, making it a great choice for a balanced diet.
  • Elegant and Flavorful: The Parmesan crust adds a rich, savory crunch, elevating this dish to gourmet status.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Cod:

¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ lemon (zest, plus juice)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1¼ teaspoons paprika
3 tablespoons salted butter (use up to 5 tablespoons for extra butter sauce, optional)
1½ pounds fresh cod

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
On a dinner plate, combine grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and paprika.
Zest half of the lemon directly into the cheese mixture. Add the chopped parsley and toss everything with a fork to blend well.
Rinse the cod in cold water, checking for any bones. Pat dry with paper towels.
Melt the butter either in a small pan on the stove or in the microwave and set it aside.
Set up your coating station in the following order: fish, melted butter, cheese mixture, and prepared baking sheet.
Use a fork to dip each piece of fish first in butter, ensuring both sides are coated, then dredge in the cheese mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
Place the coated fish on the baking sheet and drizzle with any remaining butter.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the baked cod before serving.
Serve with a side of bread for dipping in the extra garlic butter sauce, or spoon the sauce over rice, mashed potatoes, or polenta.

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