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Baked Fish Fillets

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Baked Fish Fillets
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4
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Baking fish fillets is the easiest way to ensure a tender, flaky entrée that maintains its flavor and doesn’t dry out. For this baked fish recipe, all you have to do is mix up an easy lemon-butter sauce for fish, drizzle it on, and pop your fillets in the oven. You’ll be enjoying Baked Fish Fillets in just half an hour. This recipe works wonderfully with any mild-flavored fish, meaning you can switch it up and have baked cod, baked tilapia, baked catfish, or whatever looks best at the fish counter!
Updated Dec 30, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mild-flavored fish fillet, about 3/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Grease bottom of rectangular pan, 11x7x1 1/2 inches.
  • 2
    Cut fish fillets into 4 serving pieces if needed. Place pieces, skin sides down, in the pan, folding thin ends under if necessary for even thickness.
  • 3
    Mix remaining ingredients; drizzle over fish.
  • 4
    Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Look for catfish, cod, tilapia, bass, haddock or snapper. If you want to make eating baked fish a regular part of your weekly menus, make friends with the person at the fish counter (or frequent a true fish market and talk to the fishmonger) for recommendations on what’s freshest or in season. You might end up trying a new fish your family really likes.
  • tip 2
    Pay attention to the thickness of the fillets. Making sure that each fillet or piece of fish is about the same thickness will ensure they’re done at the same time, and you can make a more educated decision about the right timing so the fish won’t be overcooked.
  • tip 3
    Mildly flavored fish is a great foil for bumping up seasonings. Try a spicy Cajun blend, ground lemon or garlic pepper, or a little smoked paprika instead of the paprika in the butter mixture before drizzling on fish. Sprinkle chopped fresh herbs over easy baked fish before serving.
  • tip 4
    The fresh, bright hit of lemon is a classic with fish. But try some lime juice, with a little grated zest, to zip things up.

Nutrition

235 Calories, 16 g Total Fat, 23 g Protein, 0g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
235
Calories from Fat
145
Total Fat
16 g
Saturated Fat
7 g
Cholesterol
110 mg
Sodium
270 mg
Potassium
440 mg
Total Carbohydrate
0g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
23 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
3 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • After you buy your fish in the grocery store and bring it home, do you wonder how exactly should it be prepared—sautéed, fried, steamed, or baked? Here's your answer! This basic baked fish recipe should be your go-to because of its simplicity and consistently delicious results. Butter, lemon, salt and paprika get drizzled over fish fillets and baked for 15 to 20 minutes. The results are a dinner that is both good for you and delicious—a total weeknight winner. And if you're hooked, Betty’s got even more fish and seafood recipes guaranteed to turn out perfectly.
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