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Crispy Lemon Fish Baked with Parmesan Fries

This Crispy Lemon Fish is easy to bake in the oven, and with a side of Parmesan Fries it’s sure to please the dinner crew.


This healthy and simple baked lemon fish recipe is topped with citrus and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs. Baked fries get a sprinkling of Parmesan as the perfect accompaniment. 

Crispy Lemon Fish on a plate with Parmesan Fries

I use fresh herbs and lemon zest to perk up these simple fish fillets. Check out more ways to use your herbs and spices here: 

12 Easy Ways To Cook With Herbs

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Easy Baked Fish

This lemon fish recipe is so easy, it comes together in a matter of minutes. The trick to this baked 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 more healthy and light! 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!

Ingredients for lemon fish

Fish and Chips

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.

herb bread crumbs in a bowl
The frozen fries are pretty awesome too! They bake in the same oven as the lemon fish, which makes it so easy!

Love a Mediterranean diet? Here are some more fish recipes to keep things light and delicious: 

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Easy Coconut Curry Fish

Grilled Fish with Caper Herb Salsa

lemon fish fillets on a baking sheet

Make this lemon fish right in the oven. Get a crispy coating using herbed bread crumbs. 

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, sautéing, chowders and baking. Hope you enjoy this easy and healthy dish…it’s one of my favorite baked fish recipes!

 Crispy Lemon Fish on a plate with Parmesan Fries

Click over to see my favorite sheet pan for baking in the oven!

Crispy Lemon Fish Baked with Parmesan Fries
Work Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Crispy Lemon Fish is easy to bake in the oven, and with a side of Parmesan Fries it's sure to please the dinner crew.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked fish, lemon fish, parmesan fries
Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 570 kcal
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium fish fillets, skinless or 8 small firm white fish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 24 oz package frozen fries
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
  1. 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.

  2. Heat oven to 400ºF and center two racks. Cook fries according to package directions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

You can use regular breadcrumbs in place of panko. The panko crumbs just create more texture and crunch. 

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Lemon Fish Baked with Parmesan Fries
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 1663mg 69%
Potassium 802mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 13.9%
Vitamin C 30.2%
Calcium 15.2%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe and styling Tara Teaspoon. Photography Ty Mecham. Originally published on Iheartnaptime.net. 

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