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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basically, steam is the mortal enemy to crispy fried cod.
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.
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.
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.
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KerryMay 28, 2023 at 11:44 am
Made this recipe with tilapia and it was delicious! I also tried it with chicken tenders and they were great!
DesereeMay 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Good to know it works for chicken tenders too! Glad you enjoyed it, Kerry!!
MAFMay 24, 2023 at 4:05 pm
I just finished eating. I used cod and sliced into pieces before cooking. It was amazing! I used my mini fryer.
Julie StottmannApril 29, 2023 at 4:49 pm
Just got done having this for dinner and OH MY GOODNESS!!! Literally! This was the best fish that I have ever had. The panko was crunchy and golden and the fish was perfectly flaky. I bought cod from Costco and cut it into pieces to use for this recipe. My family absolutely devoured it and has requested it on the regular rotation. This was better than any fried fish I have had in a restaurant. This is the first time I have made any of your recipes and I can’t wait to try more. I am definitely going to be spending some time on your website tonight! Thank you so much for this deliciousness!!
DesereeMay 1, 2023 at 9:39 pm
You are so welcome, Julie! I am so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed it. I hope you find many other recipes on my blog that you love just as much :)
kkseattleFebruary 5, 2023 at 12:00 am
Served this at a dinner party for eight, paired with penne pasta alfredo, roasted asparagus, and a beet salad. No leftovers, and everyone raved. I will definitely be making this again.
(I didn’t want the house smelling of fish and the weather was too lousy to cook outside, so I made the fish in the morning and put it in the refrigerator—on a drying rack inside a sheet pan, with a layer of paper towels on top—and then popped it in a medium oven 20 minutes before serving. Came out perfect.)
DesereeFebruary 5, 2023 at 4:56 pm
I’m so happy to hear that you and your guests enjoyed this! And thank you for the idea about reheating it in the oven. Such a great tip!
MarkJanuary 22, 2023 at 3:28 pm
One of THE BEST fried cod recipe we’ve tried. Perfect with your tartar sauce too.
DesereeJanuary 27, 2023 at 8:45 pm
Thank you, Mark! That is such a great compliment! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this and the tartar sauce so much!
KimJanuary 21, 2023 at 12:10 pm
Love this recipe will try that today.
LindaJanuary 20, 2023 at 4:27 pm
Delicious! First time I’ve fried anything! It was perfect. Thank you.
DesereeJanuary 20, 2023 at 8:24 pm
You’re welcome, Linda! I am happy to hear that!
TheresaDecember 20, 2022 at 5:06 pm
Can fish be breaded and ready to fry a few hours in advance? Was hoping to do this, and last minute all I’d need to do is pop them in the hot oil.
DesereeDecember 21, 2022 at 9:46 am
Hi Theresa, I’ve never tried that so I can’t recommend for sure. My concern would be that the fish might be a bit dry.
KaraDecember 5, 2022 at 3:59 pm
Hi, what oil do you recommend for this recipe (if using a deep fryer)?
DesereeDecember 5, 2022 at 9:51 pm
Hi Kara, I recommend using something with a higher smoke point. Avocado has the highest but is crazy expensive to deep fry in in my opinion. Instead I use vegetable, canola or peanut which can handle the heat as well as being more cost effective. Don’t use olive oil, the smoke point is too low. Hope this helps!
Phoebe HallNovember 5, 2022 at 11:41 am
Great simple recipe. Showcases the fish. Loved all your pictures and tips for success. Really helped to use a thermometer for the oil so that I didn’t fry for too long. Thank you for sharing.
DesereeNovember 7, 2022 at 11:18 am
I am so happy that my tips and tricks helped you, Phoebe!! Thank you! :)
Dee MittieNovember 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm
I made this fried cod for dinner and it is beyond amazing!!! Oh my word, I cannot believe how delicious this cod turned out. I followed the recipe exactly as written and used a cooling rack to keep the pieces crispy. Honestly, this is the best fried fish I’ve ever had, either at home or in a restaurant, it’s seriously that good. I highly recommend this recipe, it’s a keeper for sure in our home! Thank you Des! :-D
DesereeNovember 7, 2022 at 11:19 am
You are so welcome, Dee! And thank you so much for the fabulous review!! “Best fried fish ever” is such a compliment, thank you :)
Mark RutherfordOctober 22, 2022 at 3:58 pm
This has become our favorite fried cod recipe since we first tried it. Several have asked me for the recipe so I send them your link. Having it tonight with family over. Oh, and the homemade tartar sauce recipe is also a huge it. It’s the only one I use now. Next level sauce for sure.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
DesereeOctober 22, 2022 at 6:04 pm
Hi Mark! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment and rate the recipe! I really appreciate it. I’m also so happy to hear about how much you enjoy it. Also thank you SO much for sharing the recipe with your friends and family too :)
CharlesSeptember 10, 2022 at 6:08 am
I cooked my fish at 1:00 am this morning. I had four small pieces of some kind of whitefish which I cut up to make fish sticks. Followed your recipe exactly and got great fish sticks.
DesereeSeptember 10, 2022 at 11:51 am
Happy to hear that this recipe satisfied your late night craving, Charles!! :)
ChristineAugust 27, 2022 at 10:24 am
I’ve fried a lot of fish in my time. Always using a flour/cornmeal breading or a wet, fish & chips type breading (ick!). Never again! This truly is the “Perfect” Fried Cod Recipe. The only change I made was to add 1/4 tsp more salt. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
DesereeAugust 27, 2022 at 5:02 pm
Such a great compliment, Christine! You’re welcome and thank you!
PennyJune 1, 2022 at 12:46 am
This recipe works! Get a probe thermometer to test the oil. It’s no fail with that.
CApril 7, 2022 at 3:47 pm
For some reason, your website will NOT print on my printer! It’s automatically blocked! By you! Oh well don’t need your website then!
DesereeApril 7, 2022 at 5:03 pm
HMMM that is odd. Do you have pop-ups blocked? It might not print if that is the case. I’d love to help you trouble shoot if you need it. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
LeAnnMarch 2, 2022 at 5:18 pm
Absolutely fantastic, and the only way I will fry cod ever again!
DesereeMarch 2, 2022 at 9:26 pm
Wow! What a nice review! Thank you! So happy you enjoyed it!
ScottcannotcookJanuary 4, 2022 at 4:15 pm
Just made this for my wife. A hit!
And it’s easy enough that even I can get great results.
Like Angie posted, the hacks were great; much needed by this guy.
Thank you for sharing your time.
DesereeJanuary 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm
You are so welcome, Scott! Happy to hear it was such a hit :)
NancyNovember 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm
I tried this recipe, only used 1 edd, didn’t have a lb & 1/4 cod, still the recipe turned out great, I added some Old Bay seasoning to Panko bread crumbs. Will make again.
Terri JonesOctober 16, 2021 at 4:51 pm
I made it! It was perfect! I did add the paprika as someone suggested too!
DesereeOctober 17, 2021 at 9:24 pm
Yay! So happy you enjoyed it!
Maria VandintherSeptember 11, 2021 at 3:29 pm
It’s so simple and tasty , thanks for the recipe.
AngieJune 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.
DesereeJune 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!
KellyJune 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!!
DesereeJune 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!
ShellyMarch 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!
DesereeApril 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm
Shelly, yay! I am that my recipe helped you learn to fry cod! :)
SusanFebruary 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.
DesereeFebruary 21, 2021 at 5:46 pm
So happy to hear that Susan! Thank you!
HopeFebruary 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm
Great recipe. Would love to know how you made it gluten free!
DesereeFebruary 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 :)
kathyFebruary 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.
DesereeFebruary 18, 2021 at 10:06 am
Hi Kathy! I am so happy to hear that! It is one of my most favorite recipes too :)
LisaFebruary 10, 2021 at 8:46 am
Can this be made with tilapia instead? If so, would I do everything the same?
DesereeFebruary 10, 2021 at 9:05 am
Yes! You could absolutely do that :)
LorieFebruary 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Have you tried freezing it after breading the cod. And then frying it later?
DesereeFebruary 9, 2021 at 9:14 pm
Hi Lorie! I have not tried to do that. I should test it out!
Wendy1February 4, 2021 at 9:44 pm
Made it GLUTEN FREE, Loved it, will be my go to Cod recipe now!
DesereeFebruary 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?
Kim BeaulieuFebruary 2, 2021 at 11:08 am
This looks so good. I love baked cod.
DesereeFebruary 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Sue GoodierJanuary 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Is that a deep pot that you used to fry the cod, rather than a frying pan?
DesereeJanuary 28, 2021 at 12:36 pm
Hi Sue! Yes, it is a deep pot. You could use a deep skillet too
Lisa CreuzerJanuary 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.
DesereeJanuary 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. :)
Lisa CreuzerJanuary 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!
DesereeJanuary 8, 2021 at 11:18 am
Yay!!! So happy they turned out exactly like you wanted them to, I love when that happens! :)
Theresa HJanuary 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.
DesereeJanuary 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm
Woot! I am happy you enjoyed it, Theresa! Happy New Year!
GretchenNovember 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
Alison MillerNovember 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.
DesereeNovember 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Hi Alison! It won’t take long, just a few minutes. :)
Captn HermNovember 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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Daniel BongeroNovember 22, 2020 at 7:06 am
What kind of oil do you use ?
DesereeNovember 22, 2020 at 9:09 am
I use vegetable or canola most often when I’m frying :)
PhilNovember 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.
DesereeNovember 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm
Oh I love that! Thank you for sharing, Phil! That pineapple slaw sounds fab :)
Amy JOctober 20, 2020 at 2:54 pm
What type of oil do you prefer?
DesereeOctober 21, 2020 at 9:40 am
I use vegetable or canola. :)
Jack BakerOctober 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.
DesereeOctober 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!
julesAugust 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..
JWSJune 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm
I don’t have panko bread crumbs. Will regular bread crumbs work?
DesereeJune 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm
Regular bread crumbs won’t give you the same crunch but would work :)
PaulaMay 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
DesereeJune 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm
You are so welcome Paula!! Glad you enjoy it :)
Marge RossMay 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.
DesereeMay 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 :)
katrina MaloneyMay 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!
DesereeMay 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!
Carole WilloughbyApril 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!
DesereeApril 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!
KrisApril 5, 2020 at 4:27 am
Can this be done in an air fryer?
DesereeApril 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!
JodyMarch 25, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Excellent, excellent – thank you!!
DesereeMarch 26, 2020 at 9:20 am
You are so welcome!
Jeanne WilliamsJanuary 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.
DesereeJanuary 21, 2020 at 9:50 pm
That is so great to hear Jeanne! Thank you!
ChantelSeptember 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!
DesereeSeptember 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm
You are so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Melanie BauerMay 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!
Beth PierceMay 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!
Toni | Boulder LocavoreMay 14, 2019 at 6:02 am
This is something my family will surely love!!
TaylorMay 14, 2019 at 5:26 am
Yum!! The breading looks perfectly crispy and delicious!
Erin DeeMay 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm
This looks really delicious! Can’t wait to make it for dinner!
DemeterMay 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm
You really nailed the crispiness on this! Looks fantastic!
VikMay 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm
This sounds so crispy and amazing! I have to try this for dinner soon
JadeMay 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!
Marie CzarneckiMay 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm
I love fish cooked like this, will make it!!!