Baked Cod with Pesto & Garlic Lemon Butter by Noreen

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This is a very flavorful dish. Even the person who doesn't like fish will like this. I played around with some ingredient combinations to create this and we love it. It is buttery, lemony, and savory all in one. This will work with Cod, Haddock, or Pollock. Enjoy all!


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15 Min
20 Min



  • 1-1 1/2 lb
    cod filets, pollack, or haddock
  • 1 1/4 c
    seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp
    each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    parmigiano-reggiano, grated
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp
    or more of prepared pesto

  • 2 Tbsp
    melted butter

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    chopped garlic
  • 1/8 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 3/4 c
    vegetable broth, white wine, or culinary broth. college in makes one . wine and herb.
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped green onion
  • 4 Tbsp
    lemon juice( juice from 1 lemon)
  • 4 Tbsp

How to Make Baked Cod with Pesto & Garlic Lemon Butter by Noreen


  1. Soak Cod in Milk for 30 minutes. This helps to sweeten the fish. You can skip this step if you want. Simply just rinse and pat dry the fish. Heat oven to 400 degree's. Take out all ingredients needed. Combine breadcrumbs, paprika, parsley, oregano, basil,salt, pepper and cheese together in a bowl. Toss crumbs with 3 TB melted butter.
  2. Place filets in a buttered casserole or pan. Place Skin side down. Divide and Spread pesto sauce over each fillet. You just want a very thin amount of pesto. Pesto a strong goes along way. Pat the breadcrumb mixture on top of the pesto onto the fish fillets.
  3. Melt the 2 TB butter and drizzle over fish. Place in oven uncovered. Bake about 20 minutes. Fish should flake when cut with fork.
  4. in a small pan. Add olive oil. Heat pan to medium high. Add the crushed cloves of garlic to the pan. Stir constantly until garlic is light golden brown. Do not let it brown to much. It sjould take less than 15 seconds. Uou want it to barely get brown. Remove from heat. Add green onion, and crushed red pepper if wanted.
  5. Stir in the wine or stock. Add the lemon juice. Cook and stir until sauce reduces to 1/2. I There won't be a lot of sauce after It reduces. Remove from heat. Add 4 TB's of chopped butter. Keep stirring until butter melts and sauce thickens.
  6. Remove fish from oven. Plate fish. Drizzle butter sauce around each serving.

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About Baked Cod with Pesto & Garlic Lemon Butter by Noreen

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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