Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Rochelle’s recipe book

Baked cod with panko recipe

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time


4 pieces center-cut cod fillets (6-7 oz per piece)

Sprinkle coarse sea salt

Sprinkle ground black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup gluten-free panko (about 2 tbsp per fillet)

1 tsp coarse sea salt

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground black pepper

2-3 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs (chives, dills, or parsley, or a combination)

Quarter one whole lemon juice (plus more lemon slices and wedges for serving)

3-4 tbsp (ghee) butter (room temperature)


Preheat the oven to 400ºF/204ºC.


Line a large sheet pan with parchment. Pat dry the fillets and place them on the sheet pan with some space between them.


Lightly season each fillet with salt and pepper, and grease each fillet with ½ tbsp olive oil on both sides. Olive oil adds moisture and good fat to the lean fillets and it helps the fish stay moist. Send to the oven to bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack.


In the meantime, make the panko toppings. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients with panko breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, pepper, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. Stir well.


As soon as the fish is out of the oven, dot a little less than 1 tbsp butter on top of each fillet and quickly use a back of the spoon to smear it over. Quickly add about 2 tbsp panko mixture on top of each fillet and use your hands to gently press it in. Some crumbles might fall off and that’s totally okay.


Scoop a few spoonfuls of the melted butter from the sheet pan and drizzle them over the panko breadcrumbs. Send the sheet back to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. The fish is done when you can flake it easily with a fork and the internal temperature reaches 145ºF/63ºC.


To serve, slice a few lemon to half rounds and place them around the fish fillets. And reserve a few extra lemon wedges on the side to pass around the table. Serve immediately while the fish is still warm.


Serving Size



382 kcal

Total Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat

11 g

Trans Fat



109 mg


755 mg

Total Carbohydrate

16 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

1 g


31 g

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time
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