Pesto, Parmesan and Panko Crusted Cod


If you want to have a really moist fish dinner, I highly recommend making it the way I did tonight. I started with cod fillets that I buy at Trader Joe’s. I spread some jarred pesto over the top of my fish, after sprinkling it with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. On top of the pesto, I spooned a mixture of grated parmesan and panko bread crumbs … my mixture was 50/50 – 1/4 cup of each. I baked this fish in a dish in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Alongside my fish, I served Roma tomatoes that I roasted in the oven in olive oil, jarred minced garlic, kosher salt and pepper.


They were so good! I had a vision of making a huge pan of them and serving them over whole grain pasta. Look for that recipe in the next couple of weeks. Roasting tomatoes really brings out the flavor, they’re so good that way. If you haven’t yet tried this with tomatoes, please do. You won’t be sorry.


  • Cod fillets
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup jarred pesto
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • equal parts panko bread crumbs and grated parmesan. I recommend 1/4 cup  each, it will go a long way.
  • shaved parmesan for serving


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pat fish dry with paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Spread pesto on fish and then spread bread crumb mixture over the pesto. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until fish reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.


Until next time, Kris



Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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