Butter Crumb Baked Alaskan Cod


Of all the ten thousand recipes my family has made for years,

this one may be among the eldest.


This dish — Butter Crumb Baked Cod — is undoubtedly among my top ten flavor memories. For anyone from New England, you may have grown up eating this classic dish with haddock. It’s nostalgic in a Cape Cod way. It’s the meal at the end of a beach day, when you’re sun-tired and full-up on vitamin D.


To make it, there are two things you’ll need: 1. Ritz Crackers




2. Butter.


This is the flakiest, richest, most perfect cod you could ever make. And it’s almost too easy for a recipe: butter, Ritz, cod. I know — it’s stupid easy. That’s half the battle, though, isn’t it?



Try this classic New England cod once and you’ll be hooked!


Butter Crumb Baked Cod

Classic New England baked cod with buttery Ritz cracker topping!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked cod, butter crumb baked cod, cod recipe, crispy cod
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • 2 pounds fresh cod skin removed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers about 25, coarsely crushed with your fingers
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter melted


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lay cod in a single layer in a glass baking dish or metal rimmed baking pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, toss the crackers in the melted butter to coat. Spread and press the buttery crumbs evenly over the top of the fish. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the fish is an opaque white and easily flakes with the touch of a fork.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 13g | Sugar: 1g


Learn more about wild and fresh Alaska seafood at AlakaSeafood.org



35 thoughts on “Butter Crumb Baked Alaskan Cod

  1. Tess

    You’re killin me smalls! This looks delicious. Ps. what, may I ask, is the ETA for your book? I will there, at Barnes at Noble, 12 ‘o clock midnight, ready to pounce on the stack of books teetering on the front display of the store (I’m assuming there will be a line- I may need a tent).

  2. Niki

    As a Cape Cod native and Cape vacation-house home owner, I can certainly appreciate this recipe. Sooooo many Cape restaurants have entrees similar to this. YUM, YUM!!

  3. Russe Wier

    I love fish and try to eat it often for the good value of it, so I will try this recipe, sounds delicious!! I think since I am in Kansas I will try it with Tilapia fish, what do you think!! :o)

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  5. LivLaughEat

    Thanks for this recipe! I’d been trying to figure out a way to use the great cod we have access to and it’s become a family favorite, including for our 14 month old. I’ve also read through your history with exercise and food and can’t wait for your book to come out, what an inspiring story!

  6. Simone

    Simply delicious. I grew up on cape cod and am therefore very familiar with this recipe for cod/schrod. I’ve been home on the cape with my parents recovering from my (6th!) knee surgery, and tonight I cooked them dinner using this recipe and roasting some broccoli. This kicked butt, and since I’m not kicking much these days, I’ll take it!

    I know you are abroad for the next few months, but I wanted to let you know that your story has completely inspired me. I, too, grew up in massachusetts and have carried too much weight around for almost my whole life. It has never really effected my direction in life, what I have accomplished or the friends that I have, but it has certainly effected the way I think about myself. For that reason alone, I am ready to explore what made me this way. I am moving to Arizona next month and am hoping the major change in location will allow me to completely reinvent my eating and exercise routines, and I will be able to lose some if not all of the weight that 6 knee surgeries in 10 years slowly added to my frame. I have 76 pounds to lose, including the 16+ pounds I gained back since my latest surgery in August. And away we go.

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  9. Sydney Fitzsimmons

    I made this last night for our Valentines dinner and it was a HIT. I subbed the cod with Halibut and it was seriously amazing! Thank you!

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  12. Naomi

    This was so yummy! I really loved how simple it was and how tasty. I will definitely be making this again!

  13. JBL

    So easy and delicious! Reminds me of summers I used to spend in New England. And my husband and 6 year old sons love it. I don’t mind the butter and the Ritz crackers if it gets them to eat fish.

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