It’s no secret that I love cooking and hosting dinner parties. And when it comes to impressive yet easy-to-prepare meals, this easy baked fish recipe is one of my favorites.
Who doesn’t love a good fish dish? It’s healthy, quick to prepare, and perfect for any night of the week. This recipe is so simple that even those who don’t consider themselves “a cook” can easily make it at home.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a delicious oven-baked fish fillet that will impress your family and friends every time. With just a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, you can have a mouth-watering meal in no time.
So let’s get started with the how-to, shall we? Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered with some tips and tricks for perfect results every time. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed with this easy baked fish recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for an easy and healthy way to enjoy the best fish? Look no further than this easy baked fish recipe! Trust me when I say that you’ll absolutely love it.
First off, it’s incredibly simple to make. All you need is a few ingredients – fish fillets, mayonnaise, spices like paprika, onion powder and salt pepper – and you’re good to go. You’ll just need to coat the fish with mayonnaise and seasonings before baking in the oven. The result is a perfectly cooked fish fillet that’s bursting with flavor.
And speaking of flavor, this recipe has plenty of it. The combination of spices, lemon juice, and garlic adds a zesty punch that’s sure to satisfy all your taste buds. Plus, the mayonnaise coating keeps the fish fillet moist and tender while baking – no dry or bland fish here!
Not only is this dish delicious, but it’s also a great healthy meal option. It’s low in calories and high in protein, making it perfect for anyone who wants to eat clean without sacrificing taste. And because it’s baked instead of fried, you don’t have to worry about all the extra oil and calories that come with deep-fried fish.
Finally, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can use any white fish fillets like cod or tilapia for this recipe; just adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the fillet. Plus, there are plenty of variations you can experiment with- try adding parmesan cheese or breadcrumbs for a parmesan crusted fish or make a lemon cream sauce to complement your baked cod fillet.
In conclusion, this easy baked fish recipe is perfect for anyone who loves delicious yet healthy food options. It’s simple to make and packed with flavor thanks to its spicy seasoning blend and zesty citrus marinade. So go ahead- give it a try and expect rave reviews from your family and friends after serving them up!
To make this easy oven baked fish recipe, here are the ingredients you will need:
You can use any white fish fillets such as cod, tilapia, or basa fish. You can also use a whole fish. Make sure to get fresh fish and not frozen.
Seasonings and Spices
- Salt and pepper
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
These spices add a depth of flavor to the fish, making it more delish.
Mayonnaise and Olive Oil
Mix of these two ingredient makes the fish moist inside with a bit of a crisp outside texture as it bakes.
Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
The butter provides richness while the garlic and lemon provide that delicious tanginess to the sauce which works wonderfully with fish.
The Recipe How-To
Let’s get down to business because it’s time to indulge in the star of the show, the oven baked fish fillet. This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and even less time for it to bake, which makes it an ideal meal to throw together on a weekday night, but also good enough to serve your guests at your next dinner party. Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you; this easy baked fish is moist, flaky, and superbly seasoned with pantry spices such as onion powder and paprika.
Here’s what you’ll need for 4 servings:
– 4 fish fillets (cod or tilapia)
– 1 tbsp of olive oil
– 1 tbsp of mayonnaise
– 1 tsp of garlic salt
– ½ tsp black pepper
– ½ tsp of onion powder
– ½ tsp of paprika
Now that we have everything we need, let’s start prepping!
Substitutions and Variations
There are many ways to make this easy baked fish recipe your own. In fact, you can switch up the flavors and ingredients to suit your taste buds and dietary preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that I’ve tried and loved:
– Mayonnaise: If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise or want a healthier option, you can use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead. They still provide a creamy texture and tangy flavor without the added calories or fat.
– Paprika: If you’re feeling adventurous, try substituting paprika with other spices like cumin, chili powder, or smoked paprika. They bring a different depth of flavor to the dish.
– Garlic Butter: This recipe uses a lemon garlic butter sauce to add extra zing to the fish fillets. However, you can switch up the sauce by using other herbs and seasonings such as dill, thyme, or rosemary. You can also experiment with different types of flavored butter such as herb butter, chipotle butter or even honey garlic butter.
– Baked Fish Fillets: Though this recipe calls for white fish fillets like tilapia and cod, you can use any firm white fish that’s readily available in your local market. Consider options like Basa fish or halibut.
– Parmesan Crusted Fish: If you want to take it up a notch, go ahead and add some parmesan cheese on top of the fillets before baking them in the oven for some extra cheesy goodness.
With these simple substitutions and variations, you can create countless mouth-watering meals while still enjoying the ease of this healthy baked fish recipe!
Serving and Pairing
Alright, now the fish’s out of the oven – and it is looking fine! The crisp crust on top is exactly what you were hoping for. You’re almost ready to dig in, but first let’s talk about serving and pairing.
As far as serving goes, this easy baked fish recipe pairs well with a variety of sides. If you’re looking for something light and healthy, try tossing some mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette. Roasted vegetables such as asparagus or green beans are great for adding some extra crunch. For something more substantial, try pairing it with rice pilaf or roasted potatoes – anything that can absorb that delicious garlic butter or lemon sauce.
When it comes to wine, there are a few varietals that pair particularly well with oven-baked fish fillets. A crisp white wine such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with fish. These wines are light enough to not overpower the delicate flavors of the fish while still providing a refreshing accompaniment to cut through the richness of the buttery sauce.
If you prefer red over white, then try going for a fruity red like a Pinot Noir or a Merlot. These lighter-bodied wines won’t clash with your fish fillets and actually provide a very pleasant complement to your meal.
And don’t forget – beer can also be paired wonderfully with this dish. A light lager or pilsner would do just fine, especially if it’s served chilled.
However you decide to serve and pair your baked fish recipe, remember to sit back and savor every single bite – after all, you worked hard for this meal!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Listen up, folks. I know you’re not always in the mood for slaving away in the kitchen, which is why I’ve got some tips for you on make-ahead and storing for this easy baked fish recipe.
If you’re planning on prepping this dish ahead of time, you can season your fish fillets with salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika the night before. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
As for reheating, let’s face it – microwaving is the easy way out, but it can make your baked fish filets a little rubbery. Instead, try reheating your fish in the oven or toaster oven at 325°F for about 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.
For storing this easy baked fish recipe, I recommend keeping any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can even turn those leftovers into a tasty salad by flaking the fish and mixing it with some mayo or lemon juice.
But if you want to go all out and freeze any leftover cooked fish fillets (or even raw ones), go right ahead! Just make sure to wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing them. When you’re ready to cook them up again, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before seasoning and baking as necessary.
Take these tips with a grain of salt (or lemon zest) and enjoy your easy oven-baked fish recipe without having to worry about making it fresh every time.
Tips for Perfect Results
You want your baked fish to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, don’t you? Then pay attention to these tips for perfect results.
Firstly, make sure you pat the fish fillets dry before seasoning them. A dry fillet can better absorb flavors and seasoning. If the surface of the fish is wet, it will end up steaming instead of baking. So, take a few paper towels and gently pat the fillet dry.
Secondly, season your fish well with salt and pepper, as well as any other spices like onion powder or paprika. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly on both sides of the fillet to avoid uneven flavoring. You can also use lemon juice and garlic butter for more depth of taste.
Thirdly, do not overcrowd your baking dish because it will cause the fish to steam instead of bake. Leave enough space between each fillet so that hot air circulates around them, resulting in crispy texture.
Fourthly, consider using a meat thermometer to check when your fish is done cooking. The timing varies depending on the thickness of your fillets. A general rule is to bake it for 10 minutes per inch thickness at 375°F (190°C). Fish can be tricky because it’s easy to overcook it and turn it into rubbery texture. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for cooked fish.
Lastly, let your baked fish rest for a few minutes before serving. It allows the juices to redistribute and settle inside the flesh. If you cut into it immediately, you’ll lose some essential moisture that keeps the fish succulent.
Follow these tips for perfect results every time you bake fish in the oven!
Now that you know everything there is to know about this easy baked fish recipe, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions to ensure that you have all the information you need to make this dish a success. So, read on for answers to some commonly asked questions!
What is the easiest way to cook fish?
Let’s dive into some cooking techniques that will help you prepare various types of fish. Firstly, baking is a popular technique where the oven needs to be preheated to a temperature of 450°F. Next, sautéing or pan frying is another method that offers a wonderful texture to your fish- crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Thirdly, pan broiling is recommended for thicker cuts of fish, about 1-inch thick to ensure that it doesn’t dry up while broiling. Microwaving is a relatively quick way to cook boneless fish fillets/steaks, and almost any type of fish can be microwaved. Another preferred method is grilling, which imparts a smoky flavor to the fish. Poaching and deep frying are also options for cooking fish, depending on the recipe and personal preference.
What is the best fish good for baking *?
Here are some types of fish that can be used for the recipe: lingcod (pictured), tilapia, haddock, grouper, rockfish, and sole.
Do you bake fish covered or uncovered?
When making this dish, it is best to bake it uncovered for around 15 to 20 minutes until the fish is easy to flake with a fork.
What is the baking time for fish?
The baking duration for fish can be a bit challenging to determine, but chefs suggest utilizing the 10-minute guideline. This rule suggests that fresh fish must be baked for at least 10-minutes for every inch of thickness. Adhering to this technique is crucial as it helps prevent overcooking the fish, ensuring that you achieve the desired texture and flavor.
So there you have it, my easy baked fish recipe that is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, anyone can make a delicious and healthy meal in no time.
Not only is this recipe a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also very versatile. Don’t be afraid to substitute different types of fish or experiment with different seasonings to make it your own.
And remember, cooking is all about patience and practice. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out exactly how you imagined. Keep trying and soon enough, you’ll have perfected your very own easy baked fish recipe.
So the next time you’re looking to impress your guests, or just want a quick and healthy meal for yourself, give this recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you for it!
Easy Baked Fish Recipe
- 1 lb fish fillet, any type
- salt and pepper
- onion powder
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Line 8x10" dish with foil.
- Place fish in pan, sprinkle with seasonings.
- Use a pastry brush to sparingly coat tops and sides of fillets with mayonnaise.
- top with generous sprinkling of paprika.
- Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, until fish flakes when touched with fork.
- Serves 4.
- Note: No need to turn while baking.
- any amount may be prepared by adjusting size of pan.
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