Herb-Baked Fish Fillets

Corn flake crumb topped haddock fillets

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
215 Calories
10g Fat
3g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 215
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 645mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coated with a sautéed herb butter and topped with crushed corn flakes seasoned with a bit of chopped parsley, this herb baked fish develops a flavorful, delicious crispy crust. Ideal for one of those nights you have forgotten to take something out of the freezer to defrost, this fish goes into the oven partially thawed, leaving you just enough time to prep the remaining ingredients before it is ready to bake. 

Serving Suggestions

This fish is lovely served with roasted or baked potatoes or rice pilaf. For a side vegetable, try steamed broccoli or asparagus. If you would like to make this fish dish a bit more sophisticated, placing the fillet on a bed of sautéed greens—such as spinach wilted with garlic—or a spoonful of sauce creates an impressive presentation. Try serving the fish over pureed peas or a light lemony beurre blanc sauce.


  • 1 pound fish fillets, frozen, partially thawed

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, (minced)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1/4 cup corn flakes, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 450 F. Grease a shallow baking dish big enough to place the fish in a single layer.

  2. Place the fish fillets in the prepared baking dish.

  3. In a skillet or saute pan over medium-low heat, cook the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Stir in the thyme and tarragon and cook for 1 minute longer.

  4. Spread the herb and butter mixture over the fish fillets.

  5. In a small bowl, combine the crushed corn flakes with the melted butter and parsley.

  6. Top with the seasoned cornflake crumbs and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Very thin fillets might take less time to check the center of the fish with a fork—flakes should separate freely.

  8. Serve the fish with lemon wedges.


  • This recipe doesn't specify the type of fish to use since there are so many varieties that will work well. You can use haddock, cod, pollock, catfish, tilapia, or another mild, flaky white fish in this easy recipe. It is important to keep in mind that a thinner piece of fish will take less time than a thick fillet so watch carefully and test often.
  • The corn flakes need to be crushed for this recipe and there are two easy ways to accomplish this. One method is to put in the food processor and pulse until medium-fine crumbs form. The other is to place in a resealable plastic bag, close tightly, and then using the back of a heavy spoon (or your fist) pound the bag until the corn flakes are the desired consistency.