Crispy Oven-Baked Breaded Fish Recipe – No Frying Needed!

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Easy Oven Baked Crispy Breaded Fish Recipe

If you think breaded fish always involves frying it in oil, wait until you try this recipe. This delicious crispy breaded fish is made by baking it in the oven – no frying required!

There are several advantages to baking the breaded fish instead of frying:

1) Baking the fish is healthier than frying because no extra oil is added

2) Baking is easier than frying as you don’t need to stand at the stove and actively cook it. You just put the fish in the oven and take it out when it’s ready – so easy!

3) Baking the fish makes it less prone to burning. It’s not easy to burn the fish when baking in the oven, but very easy to burn it on the frying pan.

4) Baking the fish is less messy than frying – no oil splatters to deal with!

5) You can multitask while the fish is baking – for example, make the salad!

So how does the breading stay on the baked fish? There is a secret ingredient that makes the breading stay on and keeps it crispy. The secret ingredient of baked breaded fish is MAYO! A little mayo goes a long way – just one tablespoon of mayo is enough to coat a pound of fish and keep the breading on!

Baked breaded fish is extremely easy to make and requires just 3 ingredients – fish, mayo and breadcrumbs. Coat the fish fillets in mayo, coat them in breadcrumbs, put in the oven and bake. That’s all there is to it – this easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknights!

You can serve this crispy breaded baked fish with white or brown rice, potatoes or a salad. Or you can even serve it with store-bought chips, so you can have a dinner of fish and chips!

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Easy Oven-Baked Breaded Fish Recipe

This breaded fish has a delicious bread crumb coating - all accomplished without frying! This recipe makes an oven-baked breaded fish - so easy, healthy and tasty!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Fish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb fish fillets
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put the fish in a bowl and put mayo on the fish. With your hands, spread mayo all over the fish, so it's coated with mayo on all sides.
  • Put the bread crumbs on a plate. Dip each fish fillet into bread crumbs - first on one side, then the other side, pressing into the bread crumbs so they stick.
  • Put breaded fish on a baking sheet. Put in the oven on the top shelf (approximately 6 inches from the top heating element).
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the fish is done (no longer translucent in the center and flakes easily with a fork).
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  1. I love making baked versions of different things versus the fried version! It’s healthier and I’m a little dangerous around a hot pot of oil :) I love how easy this fish is and it looks so crispy too!

  2. Melanie, I always learn something new when I come over to the site! I’ve never heard of the mayo trick but I’ll definitely be trying it! We always buy fresh fish at the farmer’s markets on Saturday mornings, so are always looking for new ways to cook it. I love that this recipe is healthier, and also avoids those incredibly annoying oil splatters. Seriously who has time for those?! This is a much better idea!

  3. I don’t fry very often because it’s so messy (and not to mention not the healthiest)! This is the perfect way to get golden brown, crispy fish without a mess — this looks delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love me some fried fish, so this recipe is right up my alley. I’ve actually never tried baking it in the oven before but yours looks so crispy I’ll have to try it!

  5. This baked breaded fish looks delicious! I always prefer baking to frying. I love how crispy it and also loving your trick for using mayo to make the breadcrumbs coat onto the fish! :) Excited to try the recipe soon! Thanks for sharing, Melanie!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, this fish looks so crispy! I love that it’s only 3 simple ingredients. Also, there’s absolutely nothing that I hate more than frying… the mess, the burns that I’m likely to incur, the added fat and calories… forget it! This looks so much better anyway!

  7. Made this recipe for dinner tonight. I’m hooked pun intended. I love the way the mayo holds the breadcrumbs on the fish.

  8. I had a favorite, simple, baked fish recipe …then I tried this (with a few small tweaks.)
    Now …I may have a new favorite! And it’s even a step or two simpler! Thanks for sharing.

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