Kids love fish sticks, but they're not exactly the most glamorous of dinners. Enter this cornflake-crusted cod—it's close enough to those beloved fish sticks that children won't turn their noses up at them, but still a bit more grown-up in flavor and texture.
To prepare the crusted fish, set up two stations: one with the egg mixture and one with the cornflake mixture. Dip the filets in each one before you arrange them on the baking sheet. The stations make clean-up easier and the process of making the fish faster.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound cod fillets
- 1 cup crushed cornflakes
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 egg
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Gather your ingredients and preheat oven to 400 F.
Drizzle olive oil over a baking sheet.
In one bowl, combine the cornflakes and melted butter. In another bowl, combine the mustard, egg, and salt and pepper, and mix it together thoroughly.
Dip each cod filet in the egg mixture, shaking off the excess, and then into the cornflake and butter mixture, turning to ensure the whole filet is coated. Shake off any extra flakes and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the fish is opaque throughout and flakes easily with a fork. The baking time will depend on how thick the fillets are. Check at 15 minutes. If not done, continue baking, checking every 2 minutes until done.
- Serve the fish with roasted or mashed potatoes and green beans sauteed with walnuts and brown butter. Add tartar sauce or cilantro aioli on the side for dipping.
- Start preparations earlier in the day by coating the fish and then refrigerating it until you're ready to bake.
- If you don't have cornflakes on hand, replace them with cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs.
- If you have wire racks, place them on the baking sheet, spray them with pan spray, and place the fish on the wire rack. This allows the hot air to circulate under the fish and cook the bottom of the filet.
- If sustainability is important to you, choose farmed Atlantic cod or Pacific Alaska cod over wild Atlantic cod or Pacific cod caught near Japan or Russia.
- This preparation method can be used on other types of white fish, as well as boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs.
- Parmesan-crusted baked cod: Replace the crushed cereal with a half-cup breadcrumbs and a half-cup grated Parmesan cheese.
- Herb-crusted baked cod: Replace the cornflakes with 3/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon each of dried oregano, dried basil, and dried parsley.
- Air-fried variation: Prepare the fish as directed. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Arrange the filets in the air fryer and cook for approximately 12 minutes until the crust is crispy.