Crispy Lemon Baked Fish with Parmesan Fries

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  • Crispy Lemon Baked Fish with Parmesan Fries – incredibly easy to cook in the oven! A healthy and simple baked fish recipe topped with citrus and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal!

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    By Tara of TaraTeaspoon for I Heart Nap Time. Photography by Ty Mecham.

    Baked Fish

    This baked fish recipe is so easy, healthy and is the perfect weeknight meal that comes together in a matter of minutes. The trick to this lemon fish is using course breadcrumbs (such as panko) and finishing the fillets under the broiler. This gives the oven baked fish the texture of fried fish, but way healthier and lighter! The herbs and lemon zest included in the breadcrumb mixture give the lemon fish that perfect extra boost of fresh flavor. This is a great oven baked fish recipe that can be made year-round!

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    I love fish and chip combos, but sometimes want a healthier version without all of the frying. With this baked fish recipe, you still get the crispy texture and a ton of fresh flavor. I used fresh herbs and lemon zest, but feel free to use dried herbs (fresh do give an extra boost of flavor). Olive oil instead of butter to coat the breadcrumbs keep this dish on the healthy side. The frozen fries are pretty awesome too! They bake in the same oven as the lemon fish, which makes it so easy!

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    Lemon Fish

    This recipe calls for white fish. Since there are many different kinds, I recommend using 4 medium sized fillets or 8 small fillets. White fish is not a type of fish – it just means mildly flavored, firm or flakey fish and it’s usually not very expensive. The most popular kinds of white fish that you’ll find at your bulk market or the grocery store are tilapia, cod, bass, haddock, catfish and snapper. They are all great for frying, sauteing, chowders and baking. Hope you enjoy this easy and healthy dish…it’s one of my favorite baked fish recipes!

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    Baked Fish

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 736
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Crispy Lemon Baked Fish with Parmesan Fries - incredibly easy to cook in the oven! A healthy and simple baked fish recipe topped with citrus and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal! 


    • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 2 tsp lemon zest
    • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 tbsp fresh dill
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 4 medium fish fillets, skinless (or 8 small firm white fish fillets)
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice (plus lemon wedges for serving)
    • 24 oz package frozen fries
    • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan


    • Mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parsley, dill, salt and olive oil. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place fish on the baking sheet. Drizzle fish with lemon juice and season with extra salt.
    • Heat oven to 400ºF and center two racks. Cook fries according to package directions.
    • When the fries have about 10 minutes left, add the lemon fish to the lower rack in the oven. Remove fries when done but continue to cook fish until just cooked through, about 15 minutes total. Remove and heat broiler.
    • Place baked fish under broiler about 1 minute until breadcrumbs are browned and crisp. Toss fries with Parmesan and serve with fish, lemon wedges and tartar sauce on the side.



    Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1744mg | Potassium: 1326mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 24.9mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 4.5mg
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