Baked Cod with Ritz Cracker Topping

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Once when I was six years old, visiting my aunt and uncle in Washington D.C., I ate an entire box of Ritz crackers.

We never had anything like those crackers at home, so buttery, so delicious. And once I started, I couldn’t stop eating them.

They are banned from my house for the very reason that I still find them impossible to resist. Banned with the exception of this recipe.

Have you ever had white fish, baked with a Ritz cracker topping? It’s such a standard in New England that you’ll even find a Ritz cracker and butter mixture already packaged in plastic containers for sale at fish markets.

Ritz Crackers

It’s so easy, all you have to do is put the fish fillets in a baking pan, smother them with the topping, and bake. And the taste? Like lobster—infused with butter.

Can you use a different cracker? I don’t think so. You can, of course, but it just won’t taste the same.

Baked Cod with Ritz Cracker Topping Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Any white, lean fish will work with this recipe. In New England, cod, haddock, pollock and hake are traditional, but walleye, catfish, bass, snapper, Pacific rock cod, striped bass or Gulf Coast redfish will all work.


  • 2 pounds skinless cod fillets
  • Salt
  • 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (about 34 crackers)
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Lemon and parsley for garnish (optional)


1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a small baking pan or casserole pan with butter or a little oil. Rinse off the fish fillets with cold water, pat dry. Use long nose pliers to remove any pin bones from the fillets.

If you want, cut the fillets into large serving pieces. Place the fillets at the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with salt.

2 Melt the butter. Crush the Ritz crackers and place in a bowl; they should look like coarse breadcrumbs. Mix the melted butter with the breadcrumbs. Pack the crumb mixture over the top and sides of the fish fillets.


3 Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily. (Thin fillets may take less time, very thick fillets may take longer.)

Serve the fish with lemon and parsley.

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  • Cindy Canestrari

    So simple and delicious! Exactly the way I like my cod fillets!The buttery tasting Ritz is what I love so much! Followed recipe except for adding a bit of garlic powder.

  • Becky

    This recipe was so easy and so delicious! I made it with a piece of white fish that my husband caught. My 4 year old daughter could not get enough of it. We will be making this weekly! Thank you :)

  • John The NJ Chef

    The Ritz topping, in all its variations, works wonderfully on any seafood. Try this casserole. Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (or any combination of fresh/frozen scallops, shrimp, fish (or not), calamari, etc.) frozen seafood combos. I always add extra peeled shrimp. Have to!! Add garlic butter (Scampi) to seafood. Top with crumb mixture and bake as above. 5+ Star taste and appearance. Not cheap, but one of the best meals imaginable. Individual small casseroles really impress.

  • Isabella von der Linden

    My husband and I are always trying to cook more fish for our family dinners. With two picky children this is often a challenge. This is a great recipe to ease into it. The fish is so mild but the butter cracker crust is decadent.

  • pamela petty

    An easier and more traditional way to make this recipe and the clams casino recipe and that is using “casino butter” which can be made in batches and frozen. Siimlply saute onion or shallots with red/green/yellow peppers and garlic and parsley in lots of butter and freeze into a tube shape. When preparing the ritz cracker topping just slice enough casino butter to get the texture you want for the topping and continue w/recipe. Casino butter can also be used in baking or broiling chicken breasts and many other uses

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