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How to Bake Cod Filet

author image Ellen Douglas
Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
How to Bake Cod Filet
For the most uniform cooking, ask the fishmonger to fillet the cod. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

High in protein and low in saturated fat, cod fillets also provide a boost of iodine and potassium. The white fish bakes quickly in the oven and doesn't demand complicated preparation. Baked, non-oily fish such as cod does benefit from a topping to moisten it , however, because oven-cooking is more of a drying process than poaching or frying.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Spray a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 3

Whisk together a coating to flavor the cod and provide moisture during the baking process. Effective options include low-fat mayonnaise mixed with flavoring agents at a ratio of about 2 parts mayonnaise to 1 part flavoring agents.

Step 4

Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the mayonnaise coating, if desired. Drizzle a small amount of melted butter or low-fat spread over the breadcrumbs.

Step 5

Put the cod fillets in the baking dish or on a rimmed sheet, and set them in the preheated oven. Set the timer for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the fish from the oven when a cooking thermometer confirms an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fish flakes easily.

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