Baked Cod with Ritz Cracker Topping

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Baked white fish, such as cod, haddock, scrod, hake or bass, baked with a buttery Ritz cracker crust.

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 cod recipe.

Baked Cod with Ritz Crackers -A Perfect Match

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. Cod recipes using Ritz crackers are simply delicious and worth trying!

Ritz Crackers for Baked Cod Topping

How to Bake Cod

Baked cod is so easy, it’s silly. All you have to do is put the fish fillets in a baking pan, smother them with the topping, and bake for about 20 minutes, depending on thickness. Add a little lemon and parsley and you’re done. And the taste of this baked cod? 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

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  • 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.

Ingredients

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

Method

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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Baked Cod with Ritz Cracker Topping

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  • Denise

    I going to try this tonight. I’ve had this with stuffed shrimp and stuffed lobster with paprika added to the stuffing. And drizzled with a little butter before baking. Excellent. But I must say it never occurred to me to try it on other fish like cod. Thanks for the idea.

  • Linda

    I use the crushed original Ritz crackers, but I marinade the fillets (Works great with Crappie) in Italian Dressing (Not low fat) prior to coating.

  • Shaneetra

    My dad made this wonderful creation for me to take work for my lunch !!! I thought he was crazy. Crackers and fish lol BUT OMG it is so mouth watering good! The butter omg the butter is amazing. I love it . I’m eating it right now lol . Great recipe.

  • Patricia McBride

    I love the ritz cracker crumb topping as well, but you just have to try it with some crumbled crab meat or imitation crab mixed in with the cracker crumbs.
    OMG… it’s over the top!!

  • 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.

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