Fast and Crunchy Baked Cod
Most recipes for simple baked fish consist of little but white fish, like cod or haddock, dipped in butter, rolled in store-bought bread crumbs, and baked. Boring? Yes. Dried out? Yes. We wanted better.
Why This Recipe Works
Buttery and flavorful crushed Ritz cracker crumbs, a test kitchen favorite for casserole toppings, were our choice to top our fast and crunchy baked cod recipe. It was important not to crush the crumbs too much; otherwise, they turned soft. To affix the crumbs to the fish in our baked cod recipe, we tried a traditional bound breading (egg wash, flour, crumbs) before deciding that mayonnaise effectively held the crumbs fast and added both flavor and moisture to the fish, especially once we’d seasoned it with herbs and a little mustard.