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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 3, 2023

¨Better than Fried¨ Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets

These Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets are what delicious and healthy food is all about. We´re talking a light crispy texture on the outside, perfectly tender fish in the inside and a ton of great flavors. But the best part? No frying and no oil. Everything done in the trusty oven with absolutely no fuss.

Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets
To make this recipe I used cod fillets I bought frozen and thawed out. But you can also use fresh cod here, as well as any other type of firm white fish. Either way, try to use thicker fish fillets. This will allow enough time for the crust to crisp without overcooking the fish.

Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets
I didn´t use any oil in this recipe, but I did lightly spray the fish fillets with nonstick cooking spray. This really helps the crust get that light crispy texture, as well as add another layer of flavor. I used an extra virgin olive oil spray, but you can use any type you like.

Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To bake the fish fillets, I used a baking pan with a steel rack. This allows the air to flow underneath while baking. To evenly crisp the fish all around. If you use a regular baking pan, make sure it´s nonstick and just flip the fish halfway through. Either way, do not add parchment or foil paper underneath, this will make the crust soggy.

Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets
5 from 1 vote

¨Better than Fried¨ Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 317 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 4 cod fillets 7 oz / 200 grams each
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs 60 grams
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 1.5 grams
  • 1 tsp dried parsley 1 gram
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .5 grams
  • 1 lemon
  • non stick cooking spray
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven, bake option (bottom heat), 450 F / 230 C

  2. In the meantime, add the flour into a shallow bowl, crack the eggs into a separate shallow bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add the plain bread crumbs into a third shallow bowl, along with the sweet smoked Spanish paprika, garlic powder, dried parsley and dried thyme, season with sea salt and mix together

  3. Add the cod fillets over paper towels and pat completely dry, then season with sea salt & black pepper

  4. Coat each cod fillet, first in the flour, then the egg wash and finally into the breadcrumbs, making sure they´re fully coated at each stage

  5. Add the cod fillets over a nonstick baking pan or a baking pan with a steel rack, all in a single layer, lightly spray the fillets all over with nonstick cooking spray (not in the bottom)

  6. Add into the preheated oven, between 20 to 25 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and lightly crisp in the outside

  7. Transfer into serving dishes, garnish with lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
¨Better than Fried¨ Oven-Baked CRISPY Fish Fillets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 530mg23%
Potassium 952mg27%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 456IU9%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Carla V.

    5 stars
    Will convection oven setting work at maybe 425 degrees, or does it have to be the regular oven setting? I usually use convection setting for crispy oven fried chicken, so I wanted to check with you and get your thoughts.

    The recipe looks delicious 😋. Thank you!

    08 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      I think it would work! Let me know how it pans out 🙂 Much love

      09 . Nov . 2023
  2. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu i never had better than fried oven baked crispy fish fillets before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    04 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      04 . Nov . 2023

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