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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Ashlyn

    Had to cook it longer because the breading was still a little soggy, but once it was crispy it was excellent!

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  • Nancy

    can you make ahead?

  • peggy

    My new favorite way to cook white fish.

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  • Bubba Zanetti

    this is by far the easiest way to cook an excellent and most scrumptious tasting Seafood meal. I love this recipe it is my favorite for rockfish.

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  • Franceca

    We really enjoyed it, will definitely make again

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