This easy panko baked cod is a tasty combination of tender cod fillets breaded with buttery Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and lemon zest! They're incredibly quick, wonderfully tasty, and a versatile part of easy weeknight family meals!
Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Portion cod and pat dry with a paper towel, then combine seasoning (Cajun seasoning and salt - omit salt if using a store-bought brand) and sprinkle over cod.
2 lbs cod, ½ tablespoon Cajun seasoning, ½ teaspoon salt
In a bowl or shallow dish add the beaten egg, in another combine the Panko breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, parsley, and lemon zest. Add melted butter and stir to combine until all of the breadcrumb is coated.
Dip each cod portion into the beaten egg first, then transfer into the breadcrumb mixture to coat all sides. Place coated cod onto your prepared baking sheet.
Place in the middle of the center rack of your oven and bake at 450°F (232°C) for 15 minutes, or until the internal the fish is flaky. The internal temperature should be 145°F (63°C) when fully cooked.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Serve with drawn butter or tartar sauce on the side for dipping if desired.