How to Bake Fish

Follow our easy recipes and tips for perfectly baked fish every time

Though the idea of baking fish at home is intimidating to many cooks, there are a few tricks to help the process go swimmingly. Baked fish isn’t so hard to make when the oven does most of the work to provide flavor. Season pre-cut fish fillets with salt and pepper, then place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, citrus, vegetables like fennel, olives or cherry tomatoes, and herbs to your liking.

If baking a whole fish, place the fish on a baking sheet, season the interior with salt and pepper, then stuff the cavity with citrus and herbs, and drizzle inside and out with olive oil. Place in a preheated oven – 350-375 for fish fillets, up to 425 for whole fish - and bake until the fish is uniformly opaque and flakes when pierced with the tip of a knife.

Quick Baked Cod and Green Beans 
1 lb. cod, cut into 4 pieces
2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. green beans, cleaned and trimmed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

4 Servings

1. Preheat the oven to 375 and bring a 4-quart stockpot of salted water to a boil.

2. Pat the cod dry and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on either side.

3. Heat the butter and oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet or 4 quart saute pan over medium-high heat until bubbling and steaming.

4. Add the cod and cook for 1-2 minutes per side to brown the fish.

5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes to cook through.

6. While the fish bakes, blanch the green beans in the pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and toss the green beans in the buttery pan sauce to season.

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More Baked Fish Recipes:
Super Easy Fish Sticks 
Baked Porgy 
Herb-Baked Swordfish 
Roasted Halibut with Black Olives, Cherry Tomatoes and Mint

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