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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 cod any way I serve it, 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

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Perfect Fried Cod Recipe Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 18 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
    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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