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Easy Oven-Baked Fish

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When you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, this easy oven-baked fish is more than ideal. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, it’s a great healthy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

Oven baked fish fillets on a foil lined baking sheet.


 

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We always try to have fish a couple of nights a week, it’s so quick to cook, plus it’s low in fat, high in protein, and full of healthy Omega-3s. Although I love to use my air fryer when it comes to making fish, the oven is great for larger portions.

This easy oven-baked fish recipe is so effortless to make; it’s the perfect option after a long and busy day. It takes minutes to prep, and it’s quick to cook so that you can get a tasty, healthy, and filling dinner on the table in no time.

Be sure to try my Flaky Oven Baked Salmon, Air Fryer Whole Fish, and Fish Soup too!

How to make oven-baked fish

  • Gather your ingredients.
Fish fillets on a lined baking tray next to seasoning and oil.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dry fish filets with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place on a large sheet pan and rub the oil over the fish filets, covering both sides.
Drizzling oil over fish fillets.
  • Sprinkle the filets with the seasoning.
Sprinkling seasoning of fish fillets.
  • Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the fish is flaky and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Baked fish fillets on a baking sheet with a fork.

What’s the best fish to use?

I like to make this recipe with white fish like cod, tilapia, or halibut, but it will work well with salmon too. It’s best to use fairly thick fillets that will stay nice and moist when they are baked. I prefer to use skinless, as this method doesn’t get the skin crispy, but you can use fish with the skin on it.

Can you use frozen fish?

When it comes to fish fillets, I find that fresh have a better texture, but if you only have frozen, they will work well too. Be sure to thoroughly defrost them and pat them dry to remove excess moisture which can make them soggy before seasoning and baking them.

What do you serve with it?

This easy oven-baked fish recipe is great to serve with your favorite veggie, rice, and potato side dishes and a dollop of Tartar Sauce! Try them with:

You could also use the cooked fish to make these delicious fish fritters.

Two baked fish fillets on a baking sheet ready to serve.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • The thickness of your filets will determine how long they need to be baked. Thinner filets will cook faster in the oven.
  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the oven on a lined baking sheet with a couple of tablespoons of water and lightly cover with foil. Bake at 275F for 15 minutes to warm through.
  • This easy oven-baked fish is a great hands off method to cook fish fillets to perfection. Make sure you don’t overcook them by using and an instant-read thermometer.

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Baked fish fillets on a baking sheet with a fork.
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4.69 from 47 votes

Easy Oven-Baked Fish

When you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, this easy oven-baked fish is more than ideal. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, it's a great healthy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to bake fish, oven baked white fish, simple baked fish recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 261kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs white fish filets cod, tilapia, halibut, etc
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 teaspoon fish seasoning or seasoning of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dry fish filets with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Place on a large sheet pan and rub the oil over the fish filets, covering both sides.
  • Sprinkle the filets with the seasoning.
  • Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the fish is flaky and has reached an internal temp of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Notes

  • The thickness of your filets will determine how long they need to be baked. Thinner filets will cook faster in the oven.
  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the oven on a lined baking sheet with a couple of tablespoons of water and lightly cover with foil. Bake at 275F for 15 minutes to warm through.
  • This easy oven-baked fish is a great hands of method to cook fish fillets to perfection. Make sure you don’t overcook them by using and instant read thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3mg
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Jamie

Thursday 21st of March 2024

At first I thought this recipe was too simple to rate as a 5-star. But dang, it is the perfect basic fish recipe for fish, any kind. Nice work!

Tanya

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Thank you so much, Jamie! Simple yet tasty recipes tend to be my all time favorites.

Jackie

Monday 19th of February 2024

This fish is absolutely delicious every single time, and so easy to make! My husband and I find this recipe seasoning mix to be perfect on fish. Simple and healthy! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Thank you for posting. It’s my go to fish recipe! 🐟

Tanya

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

Thanks so much, Jackie! So happy to hear that you like this oven-baked fish recipe. I keep that seasoning on hand, too. It's great for quick weeknight meals.

rexer

Monday 22nd of January 2024

Such a thing to make on the fly. I'm no cook and I had a pound of cod in the fridge three days old. Had to cook it before I left town. My cod came out delicious. I was in a hurry and I darn well was almost late because how good it tastes. Olive oil topped with butter, garlic and a little salt. Flaked perfectly. I'm home now and I'm gonna get some halibut. Thanks for a quick and easy recipe.

Tanya

Monday 22nd of January 2024

Thanks so much, Rexer! So happy you liked the recipe.

S. Kay

Friday 17th of November 2023

Made this recipe today for lunch. It was great! Fast, simple and flavorful. Thank you. Will make again.

Tanya

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Thanks, S. Kay! So happy you liked the recipe.

Minski

Sunday 29th of October 2023

Forgot to rate it lol

Tanya

Monday 30th of October 2023

Thank you so much Minski! Love your tips as well. The perfect one sheet meal.