Easy 20-Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod


Well howdy, ya’ll.

I get back from New Orleans and I suddenly have the urge to speak like I have an accent. It’s a problem…..one that is driving my husband crazy. Mwahahahaha.

So, last night I made it back home to Portland {hooray!!} only to pick up and leave again this morning to go visit my sister in Idaho! My parents are visiting her {she just had a baby} so, it only make sense for me to crash the party. Lol!

{Just kidding, Shayna….}

We are driving all the way there {which PS is 13 hours} in a vehicle with our two kids. I tried to justify purchasing flights, but lets be honest….flights plus the cost of a rental car would have been more than 5 times the cost of just driving. Stupid expensive airlines. So we are biting the bullet and driving.

Send help.

If I don’t end up completely crazy by the time we make it to Boise, I’ll consider the trip a success. I really don’t aim high…..clearly.

ANYWAYS, send me all the good karma you have these next few days so I don’t kill my kids and my husband. Thanks!

In the mean time, here’s a ridiculously delicious fish recipe. I know lots of you don’t particularly like fish, but I guarantee that this recipe is bound to win a few hearts and tummies over. All you will need to pick up is some fresh cod and mayyyybe some fresh herbs if you don’t already have them! It’s a simple dinner that is fancy enough for guests but easy enough for any weekday. Oh, and did I mention that this tastes like it came out of a restaurant? Cause it totally totally does. –>it’s like the best part!! Try it out asap! I’d love to know what you think of my latest and greatest dinner recipe :)

Here’s how you make it:


Start my making the spread for the fish. Mayo, fresh herbs, garlic, cheese, etc.

All good things, all good things.  IMG_0277

Stir all those ingredients together until well incorporated and then smear your fish filets with it….


…like so! Pop this into the oven until its just about done. THEN! Switch over to the broiler to crisp up the top!


Aha! Dat fish es dun!  IMG_0297

Believe it or not, the fish stays unbelievably moist, tender and flaky, plus has this buttery herby slightly crunchy cheesy crust that will knock your freakin-motha-freakin’ socks off.

Seriously, anyone can make this recipe and make it perfectly the first time around. Holla!

Have a great weekend, friends! See you guys with a new recipe on Monday….assuming I don’t kill myself half way to Idaho. Ugh.

Easy 20-Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod

If you're wondering how to make fast and easy delicious fish that tastes just like the restaurants make it, than this is the recipe for you!! Salty, creamy, herby and cheesy! The perfect blend of textures and flavors.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


2 lbs. cod fillets
1/3 cup real mayonnaise {not miracle whip}
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigianno Regianno cheese {no pre-grated cheese, please!}
2 tablespoons each chopped fresh parsley and basil
1 medium clove garlic, grated
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place fish fillets onto prepared baking sheet and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise together with cheese, fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper until combined. Spread evenly over the top of the fillets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until fish starts looking opaque and will flake. Switch oven to broiler and brown the tops of the fish until lightly golden. Remove from oven, cool 3-5 minutes and serve.

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27 Responses to “Easy 20-Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod”

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    Karen — June 27, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Safe travels and congrats to your sister and family! Thank you for this amazingly simple, yet delicious looking recipe…thinking I can use that spread on salmon or baked potatoes…limitless. You sure are a mileage maker recently.


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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 27, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Your trip to New Orleans looked so fun! To bad you don’t get a travelling break – but have fun in Idaho!
    I love a good simple dinner, and am always looking for new ways to eat my sea critters! Pinned!


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    Barbara Noland — June 27, 2014 at 4:11 am

    this looks amazing, but we just do not like mayo. Can you think of something we can substitute for the mayo? thanks


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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 27, 2014 at 4:39 am

    This looks amazing!! Hope you have a great trip! :)


  5. #
    Jennifer — June 27, 2014 at 6:09 am

    ^^^ Barbara you could always try using plain greek yogurt. I have dont it that way in the past with no problem. All I did was to add a bit of salt, pepper and lemon to the yogurt and it was fine.


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    Barbara Noland — June 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Had both a DUH and AHA moment…Greek Yogurt would be perfect replacement for mayo in this recipe. cannot wait to try it. thanks


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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — June 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I love white fish, but I tend to run outta ways to cook it. This recipe looks awesome! Good luck on your road trip! Hope you all survive *ahem* have fun, I mean! 😀


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    Crystal — June 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Looks amazing!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!


  9. #
    Ashton — June 28, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Looks delish!! I’m always looking for new dinner recipes, and we don’t do fish nearly often enough! Pinned :)


  10. #
    Jenny — June 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I’m usually against cheese and fish but this looks great. I would probably skip the mayo all together and do this herb pesto style. Maybe add a little bit of cream cheese instead. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck on the drive! We used to do long drives like that when I was a kid. No a/c and no DVDs. Don’t know how our parents stayed sane…


  11. #
    Deborah — June 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    All good things in this recipe – I need to try it! Surprisingly, my 5 year old LOVES fish, so I’m sure she’ll devour this.

    And aren’t you coming to Utah soon??


  12. #
    Jayne Morgan — June 29, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Hi caongrats to Shayna and co and hello to your parents enjoy your trip and try to stay calm


  13. #
    Jayne Morgan — June 29, 2014 at 6:19 am

    That would be Congratulations I can neither spell or type


  14. #
    Jill — June 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Made this tonight with tilapia and light mayonnaise. Delicious! Next time I think I’ll skip adding salt since the parmesan is plenty salty!


  15. #
    Karen — July 2, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I made this…was so easy and so good….I did add a sprinkle of panko crumbs to the top and I also omitted the step with the broiling…my smoke alarm will go off…turned out yummy anyway, and think I added a couple of minutes to the cook time to compensate for that…this will be a repeat…totally thumbs up from my family!!!!


  16. #
    Toni — July 2, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I typically don’t comment on anything, but I saw this yesterday and went straight to the fish market after work to make this quick meal.. Let me tell you, AHHH–MAZZ-ING & so easy. My daughter (8 yrs. old) & I loved this! Thank you so much for the new addition to my recipe box…Oh, I did sub mayo for greek yogurt w/ a lil salt n’ pep ( i hate the texture of mayo) and it was still delish! Thx again. Love your stuff!


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    Summer — July 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    That looks amazing! One question – how strong is the garlic herb flavor? Do you think it’s mild enough to feed to a 10 month-old? My daughter is pretty adverse to table food, so I am looking to woo her with something delicious!


  18. #
    Colleen — July 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! I have cooked it a few times and my whole family loves it.


  19. #
    Tess — September 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I made this tonight (with greek yogurt), and it was delicious! I will save this recipe.!


  20. #
    Jessica — November 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This was amazing!!! I didn’t have parsley but would like to try with next time. I still can’t believe how good this turned out! thank you for this recipe!


  21. #
    Jessica — January 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Do you have any suggestions on a good side dish to serve with this?


  22. #
    Kim — January 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    i just made this. It was one of the easiest recipes I have ever made and turned out wonderful. My dad who can be picky said it was restaurant quality and requested I write the recipe down to make again later. Thank you!


  23. #
    Juliana — January 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    OMG this was SO delicious. I even used frozen cod (all I had), and my super picky foodie BF couldn’t tell it was frozen. It was super easy and came out perfect (and I’m a very novice cook). “fancy enough for guests but easy enough for any weekday” is a perfect description. Thanks so much!!


  24. #
    Emily Sullivan — February 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I wasn’t prepared with all the ingredients, so I used frozen pesto from last summers harvest along with the mayo, so it was a little overkill on the fat, but it was soooo moist and delicious!!!! I forgot to broil it, so the cheese wasn’t crunchy but still, I loved it. I live in Boise – fun place, and getting Foodier now that we have Trader Joes and Whole Foods :)


  25. #
    deborahL — March 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I used sour cream instead of mayo. This recipe is very easy and very good! Works great with my low carb lifestyle!



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