Baked Cod with Ritz Cracker Topping

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.

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

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 Prepare oven, baking pan, fish: 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.

Removing bones from Cod Fillet for Baked Cod How to bake cod - removing pin bones with pliers prior to baking

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

Buttering baking dish for baked cod recipe Cod filets in baking dish for baked cod recipe

3 Top fish with Ritz Cracker butter mixture: 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.

Rolling pin over bag of ritz crackers for baked cod topping Cod Fillets covered in Ritz crackers in baking dish for baked cod recipe

4 Bake: Place in the 350°F oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily. (Thin fillets may take less time, very thick fillets may take longer.)

Baked Cod with Browned Ritz Cracker topping

Serve the fish with lemon and parsley.