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Perfect Fried Cod Recipe

Fried Cod is our favorite fried fish. It’s crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. And it is perfect for dunking in homemade tartar sauce. 

When it comes to fish, my family is all about the white fish. Cod specifically. We like it because it’s a mild white fish with a firm texture. This means that it’s not super fishy tasting, which means it’s great for the kiddos.

Now, my family will eat any of the cod recipes I make, but if we’re being totally honest, fried is the best. I mean crispy fried fish, with a squirt of lemon dunked in tartar sauce? It doesn’t get much better. AM I RIGHT?

And now I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make one of the best cod recipes!

Fried Cod is our favorite fried fish. It's crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. And it is perfect for dunking in homemade tartar sauce. 

What batter is best for fried fish?

When I go out to eat, I am always hesitant to order Fish and Chips. Not because I don’t love it, but because, I don’t love battered fish and chips.

Panko Crusted Fried Fish

Battered fish is typically dunked in a wet batter and then fried. For me, even fried, wet batters have a tendency to get a bit soggy. They seem to soak up more of the oil. That is why, when I make fried cod, I choose to do a panko crust. It results in crispy, flaky fish each and every time.

How to make fried cod:

The first step to making fried cod is to make sure that you season the fish liberally with salt and pepper. You’ll season the crust too, but seasoning the fish helps create layers of flavor.

Next, you’ll want to set up an assembly line of sorts to coat the fish. On one plate you’ll have the flour. Another bowl with whisked eggs and finally a plate with seasoned panko bread crumbs.

Panko Crusted Fish

First, you will dredge each piece of cod in the flour, then dunk it in the egg and finally press into the panko. And repeat until all the fish is coated.

Next, fry the fish. I use a heavy bottomed pan and heat an inch of oil to 350 degrees. It’s important to fry the fish in batches so that you don’t over crowd the pan. If you over crowd the pan, the fish will steam more than fry so they won’t be as crispy.

Fried Cod | Fried Fish

While I’m cooking the different batches, I like to keep the cooked fish on top of a cooling rack thats set on a baking sheet. This helps keep the bottom of the fish from getting soggy as it sits.

To keep it warm, I set my oven temperature to warm (170 degrees). Don’t cover it with aluminum foil because the steam will be trapped making the fish soggy.

Fried Fish on a cooling rack

Basically, steam is the mortal enemy to crispy fried cod.

How do you know when fried cod is cooked?

Fish is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. You can also use the flaking method. Simply poke the fish with a fork and twist gently. If the fish flakes, it’s done.

Fried Cod is our favorite fried fish. It's crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. And it is perfect for dunking in homemade tartar sauce. 

What do you serve with fried cod?

Obviously, if you’re going for a fish and chips vibe, I’d say fries. More specifically potato wedges. Fried cod is also good with garlic rice, sautéed broccoli or roasted red potatoes.

Fried Fish and Homemade Tartar Sauce

And of course, you’ve got to serve it with tartar sauce. And serving it with your own homemade tartar sauce is even better. Seriously.

Looking for more seafood recipes?

Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Butter

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia 

Calamari Recipe

Shrimp Taco Recipe

Round out the meal with these easy side dish recipes:

Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Sauteed Broccoli 

Jo Jo Potatoes

Fried Cod is our favorite fried fish. It's crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. And it is perfect for dunking in homemade tartar sauce. #friedfish #friedcod #panko #seafood #dinner #familyfriendly

Perfect Fried Cod Recipe Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 41 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pound cod fillets, cut into strips or bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • oil for frying

Instructions

1

Turn oven to warm setting (170 degrees or lowest it will go). Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside.

2

Set up an assembly line: place flour on one plate, eggs in a bowl and combine panko, salt and garlic together on another plate.

3

Dredge fish in flour, dip in egg and then press into panko to coat. Repeat until all fish is coated.

4

In a large pot, heat 1 - 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees. Fry fish in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. Place cooked fish on the cooling rack in the oven to keep warm until all fish is cooked. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 533 , Total Fat: 39.1g , Saturated Fat: 5.2g , Cholesterol: 83mg , Sodium: 504mg , Carbohydrates: 21.1g , Fiber: 1.1g , Sugar: 1.3g , Protein: 24.7g

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  • Reply
    Terri Jones
    October 16, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I made it! It was perfect! I did add the paprika as someone suggested too!

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      Deseree
      October 17, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      Yay! So happy you enjoyed it!

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    Maria Vandinther
    September 11, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    It’s so simple and tasty , thanks for the recipe.

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    Angie
    June 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

    This is soo simple and delicious! I did add some cayenne pepper but otherwise kept to the recipe. The little cooking hacks like putting the fish on a rack over a cookie sheet and frying it in a Dutch oven (sooo much less oil splatter!!!) were helpful also. How have I lived this long and not thought of these things? I used cod and halibut and both turned out great! No tartar sauce needed in my opinion! Haha.

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      Deseree
      June 7, 2021 at 9:22 am

      Angie, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this and found the tips helpful! I am totally going to try adding cayenne next time, that sounds fab!

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    Kelly
    June 3, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I made this last night because I received some cod with a meat order. I have never fried cod and I will do it again. I mixed in a little italian bread crumbs that I had on hand for some flavor and it was really yummy! This will be in our meal rotation now. And you are right about the size. I cooked a few larger pieces and found I liked the smaller ones better. I did a simple salad on the side and it was the perfect dinner. Thanks!!

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      Deseree
      June 4, 2021 at 9:09 am

      You are so welcome, Kelly! glad that you enjoyed it. I am going to have to try Italian bread crumbs one of these times, that sounds delicious!

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    Shelly
    March 30, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. For years I have tried to learn how to fry cod. I kept trying to do it like the fast food fish places with a wet batter and would fail. The mood hit again and I found your recipe. I really liked the simplicity of ingredients. Which made it easy to convert to gluten-free. The fish came out tasty, beautifully moist, flaky, with a wonderful crunchy fried exterior and not at all greasy. This is a keeper!

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      Deseree
      April 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      Shelly, yay! I am that my recipe helped you learn to fry cod! :)

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    Susan
    February 21, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    This was so good. My husband bought some cod and said “let’s do a fish fry.” And then I had to find a recipe. This was so amazing.

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      Deseree
      February 21, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      So happy to hear that Susan! Thank you!

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    Hope
    February 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Great recipe. Would love to know how you made it gluten free!

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      Deseree
      February 19, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Hope! I think you could make this gluten free by using gluten free flour and then gluten free panko :)

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    kathy
    February 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

    I made this last night with fresh cod and it turned out wonderful. This will now be my go to recipe for fresh fish. It cooks rather quickly, which I think is why the fish does not dry out and just melts in your mouth.

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      Deseree
      February 18, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Hi Kathy! I am so happy to hear that! It is one of my most favorite recipes too :)

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    Lisa
    February 10, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Can this be made with tilapia instead? If so, would I do everything the same?

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      Deseree
      February 10, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Yes! You could absolutely do that :)

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    Lorie
    February 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Have you tried freezing it after breading the cod. And then frying it later?

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      Deseree
      February 9, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Lorie! I have not tried to do that. I should test it out!

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    Wendy1
    February 4, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Made it GLUTEN FREE, Loved it, will be my go to Cod recipe now!
    Thx.

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      Deseree
      February 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      You are so welcome, Wendy! I am glad to hear you loved it and were able to make it gluten free. Did you simply use gluten-free bread crumbs?

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    Kim Beaulieu
    February 2, 2021 at 11:08 am

    This looks so good. I love baked cod.

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    Sue Goodier
    January 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Is that a deep pot that you used to fry the cod, rather than a frying pan?

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      Deseree
      January 28, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Sue! Yes, it is a deep pot. You could use a deep skillet too

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    Lisa Creuzer
    January 22, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    My last review did not do it justice. I made it again. So crunchy. Probably not enough words in the dictionary to describe the goodness. My husbands fav meal at friday fish fry (out). Now it’s at home. God bless and be well.

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      Deseree
      January 25, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      Aw Lisa! Thank you!! The fact that you came back and left another review means so much! I am so happy you guys enjoy it so much. :)

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    Lisa Creuzer
    January 8, 2021 at 8:03 am

    My goal was to make them look like the picture., I did! I never used panko before, now, probably nothing else! It was delicious. Thank you!

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      Deseree
      January 8, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Yay!!! So happy they turned out exactly like you wanted them to, I love when that happens! :)

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    Theresa H
    January 1, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    First dinner of 2021 and it was superb! I love fish and chips, but when someone else makes it. It was simple with a ton of crunch and flavor.

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      Deseree
      January 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      Woot! I am happy you enjoyed it, Theresa! Happy New Year!

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    Gretchen
    November 27, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    This is quite good, and easy! My 12-year-old made it for dinner tonight. We have a gluten-free family member and subbed Bobs Red Mill 1:1 flour and GF Panko and it tasted fantastic.
    Thanks for the awesome recipe! We will make again

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    Alison Miller
    November 27, 2020 at 9:01 am

    If I cut the cod into pieces, could you please roughly tell me how many minutes I should cook the fish before I check for flakiness? Tks.

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      Deseree
      November 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      Hi Alison! It won’t take long, just a few minutes. :)

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    Captn Herm
    November 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm

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    Daniel Bongero
    November 22, 2020 at 7:06 am

    What kind of oil do you use ?

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      Deseree
      November 22, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I use vegetable or canola most often when I’m frying :)

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    Phil
    November 17, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Excellent beyond belief. Made it for dinner tonight and my wife who isn’t a big fish fan could not stop raving on how much she loved the taste of the cod. I used my deep fat fryer for the cod, kept it warm in the oven while I fried some french fries (chips). I added some pineapple coleslaw on the side and voila, one fabulous meal. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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      Deseree
      November 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      Oh I love that! Thank you for sharing, Phil! That pineapple slaw sounds fab :)

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    Amy J
    October 20, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    What type of oil do you prefer?

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      Deseree
      October 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

      I use vegetable or canola. :)

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    Jack Baker
    October 1, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Excellent! I just made this recipe after a cod fiasco earlier in the week. I had a couple of filets that still needed to be cooked and I’m glad I found this recipe. I mixed Lawry’s Garlic Salt in with the bread crumbs and cooked the fish in olive oil. This is a winning recipe that I plan to use for all my future fish frys.

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      Deseree
      October 1, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      I love that idea of adding the garlic salt to the bread crumbs, I’ll have to try that next time. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this! It’s one of my favorites!

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    jules
    August 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    So, I noticed your recipe left out the baking powder. Very wise. The bitter taste took away from how delicious these were. They were crispy and crunchy. I was so surprised. Eventhough they were seasoned well, just couldn’t get past that taste..Will try again without the baking powder..

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    JWS
    June 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t have panko bread crumbs. Will regular bread crumbs work?

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      Deseree
      June 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Regular bread crumbs won’t give you the same crunch but would work :)

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    Paula
    May 31, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I love this recipe. The only one I will ever have to use for my fish. Thank you so much

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      Deseree
      June 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      You are so welcome Paula!! Glad you enjoy it :)

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    Marge Ross
    May 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Super crispy! I sprinkled it with a little paprika before frying to give a a little more brown coloring. The batter stuck to the fish really well and fried up nicely. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Deseree
      May 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Oh I love the idea of adding a little paprika to the mix! Glad it worked out so well for you :)

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    katrina Maloney
    May 12, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I was expecting to be disappointed… not because it didn’t look good but because usually my fish ends up soggy no matter what. I was SO surprised! This fish turned out perfectly.
    I cut the fish in thick strips and followed your directions exactly. (except putting them in the oven because I was serving them as they cooked.). My family LOVED them. I served them with a wasabi yogurt. Thank you!

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      Deseree
      May 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      You are welcome! I am happy to hear that the recipe exceeded your expectations and that wasabi yogurt sounds amazing!

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    Carole Willoughby
    April 11, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    THE BEST fried fish recipe EVER! My husband who has fished all his life and had fried fish for almost 60 years will NEVER go back to cornmeal fish fry. Now that is saying something! Turned out EXACTLY like recipe said it would!

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      Deseree
      April 12, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      Wow. That is such a great compliment Carole!! I am so happy you guys enjoyed this recipe so much!

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    Kris
    April 5, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Can this be done in an air fryer?

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      Deseree
      April 5, 2020 at 9:35 am

      I have yet to try it in the air fryer so I can’t say for sure but I don’t see why not!

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    Jody
    March 25, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Excellent, excellent – thank you!!

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    Jeanne Williams
    January 21, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I have made several bad fish recipes and they are never spectacular. This one was easy to follow and perfectly crispy. I also appreciate the note to put on a rack to keep crispy. This will be my new go to recipe.

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      Deseree
      January 21, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      That is so great to hear Jeanne! Thank you!

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    Chantel
    September 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    This was my best fish fry to date. Not only was the fish crispy it was light and airy. Thanks for sharing!

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      Deseree
      September 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      You are so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Melanie Bauer
    May 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Oh wow, looks incredibly delicious! I’m pretty sure this will quickly disappear in our table, need to try it!

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    Beth Pierce
    May 14, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Gave this a try for dinner last night and it was perfectly crispy! Going to have it again, tonight!

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    May 14, 2019 at 6:02 am

    This is something my family will surely love!!

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    Taylor
    May 14, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Yum!! The breading looks perfectly crispy and delicious!

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    Erin Dee
    May 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    This looks really delicious! Can’t wait to make it for dinner!

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    Demeter
    May 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    You really nailed the crispiness on this! Looks fantastic!

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    Vik
    May 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    This sounds so crispy and amazing! I have to try this for dinner soon

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    Jade
    May 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

    This is my eldest Son’s favorite dish, I’ve never made my own before, this will make my Son’s day!

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    Marie Czarnecki
    May 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I love fish cooked like this, will make it!!!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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