Baked cod fillet is easy to make and melts in your mouth. This dish can be prepared using our oven. The common temperature to use is 350 degrees. Timing is key to a good baked cod fish fillet. The question is this. How long to bake cod in oven at 350 degrees? In this post, we like to share the preparation of this appetizing fish, temperatures, timings, seasonings and side dishes.
Cod requires 25 minutes to cook in oven at 350 degrees. Thicker cod fillets should bake for 30 minutes. This ensures the cod fish gets tender and succulent. If you let it overcook, it will come out dry and chewy. The best way to know that cod is ready is to test it with a fork. If it flakes easily, you can remove it from the oven. You can also measure the internal temperature of the fish with a temperature probe. When it is done, the temperature should read 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cod fish cooks at 400 degrees in the oven for 10 minutes. If the fillet is thicker than average, it will reach doneness in 12 minutes. This temperature renders the fish flaky, juicy and mild-tasting. If the cod fillet is coated with spices, they will turn into a thin golden crust. When you choose 400 degrees F, it’s of utmost importance to keep a close eye on the baking process as the high temperature will easily led to the fish overcook and become dry and hard to chew. You can also cook cod at 375 degrees to get a tender and moist fish that brings the taste buds of those who taste it to heaven nine. This temperature entails a bake time of 20 minutes.
All temperatures we have mentioned turn cod into a mouthwatering delicacy. However, it’s a bit risky to cook this fish at 400 degrees because it can overcook really quick. You have to be vigilant and remove it from the oven on time. Another reason we prefer 350 over 400 degrees is more time for the fish to absorb the flavors of seasonings at 350 degrees. It’s worth the extra 15 minutes for a slightly more flavorful fillet.
Here’s the recipe to cook cod in the oven.
A foolproof way to get cod fish ready faster is to combine oven baking with frying pan searing. Sear the fillets in olive oil for 2 minutes on each side. Add some garlic cloves in the pan for more flavor. Then transfer the fillets to the oven preheated to 350 F and bake them for 10 minutes. The searing will make the fish golden and crispy and reduce the cooking time by about 10 minutes. Of course, this trick works only for those who are okay with the fish turning out more oily and unhealthy. If you can’t stand greasy food and frying, this method is not for you.
Baked cod fish is so tender and yummy that you want to bite into it without calling for any sauce, veggies or rich side dish. However, if you want more varieties for your cod fish dinner, here are some ideas for side dishes. A tangy coleslaw will bring in a contrast of freshness and richness, crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. This should be a fantastic combination that your guests won’t be able to resist.
The same applies for the classic french fries. Their starchy, crispy texture rounds out the fish tenderness excellently. If your family or friends are not fans of deep frying, serve a big casserole of baked potatoes along with the cod fish. We couldn’t pass by lemon rice – a starchy dish that will make your meal more hearty and satisfying. Since rice is bland on its own, it’s better to brighten it up with some aromatic spices and zesty lemon juice. It will complement the mild cod fish like never before.
The cod fish is cooked when the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a meat thermometer at hand, you can test it with a fork. If it flakes easily, you can remove it from the oven.
It takes 8 minutes to cook cod fish in the oven at 425 degrees in the oven. This is for the average size fillet. If you have a thicker fillet, it takes about 10 minutes to reach doneness. You can test using a fork. If the fillet flakes easily, it is done and can be removed from the oven.
Cod fish has a mild taste with milky notes. But it differs depending on the type of cod fish. For example, Atlantic ones have a sweet flavor and are softer while Pacific ones have a more savoury flavor and are firmer.
I typically prepare about 8 ounces of cod fish fillet per person. This amount is already considered very filling by itself.
Cod fish enveloped by foil takes 15 minutes to cook at 350 degrees in the oven as the foil helps to concentrate the heat on the fish.