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Fast Baked Fish

We always have a good supply of fresh fish, so I make fish recipes often. This recipe is my favorite because it is moist, tender and flavorful. —Judie Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds fish fillets
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Paprika, optional
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Place fish in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, pepper and paprika if desired. Drizzle with butter.
  • Cover and bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Baked Fish Tips

What's the best fish to bake?

For this fish recipe, your best bet is to use a flaky white fish, such as tilapia, halibut, cod, bass, grouper, haddock, catfish or snapper. White fish doesn’t mean that the fish is white in color; rather, it is a mild-flavored fish that cooks quickly and seasons very well. Learn more about the different types of fish.

How can you tell when a fish is finished cooking?

To test the doneness of fish, carefully pierce the thickest portion with a fork and twist slightly to see if it flakes without resistance. If it does not, cook it longer. Just make sure you are cooking fish properly.

Do you flip fish when baking?

Because fish is delicate and cooks quickly, flipping the fish isn’t always necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 270 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.


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  • Karen
    Jan 12, 2021

    re: John's question of July 21, 2020. NOT 440 degrees!! 400 Fahrenheit degrees is approximately 205 Celsius degrees (204.44). Big temperature difference when baking fish. (Also, I never cover fish when baking.)

  • Eric
    Aug 27, 2020

    Addressing John's question of July 21, 2020, the temperature is most likely 440 degrees F, which works out to about 225 C. If it were the other way around -- 440 C instead of F -- it would be about 825 F, which is hotter than almost any oven-based recipe. Good question, though, especially if you don't do much baking.

  • Melissa
    Aug 27, 2020

    This was my first fish cooked and it was really tasty! ?? It was very easy and very yummy! ??

  • John
    Jul 21, 2020

    Pretty good, except for one important factor. The temperature of 440 does not state whether itS F or C. I am not an american, nor have I ever baked anything before, so I am confused as to the temperature designation

  • K8Rod
    Apr 13, 2020

    I had a large bag of frozen tilapia sitting in my freezer, along with some Arthur Marc’s Garlic Butter sauce

  • Nancy
    Jan 30, 2020

    I don't routinely cook with fish or any seafood since I am not a huge fan. However, my husband is a hunter so he eats just about anything and we are both looking to eat better. I do like some fish and I have cooked Shrimp for him in the past just using a butter and garlic sauce, so when I saw this recipe I figured even I could do this! So I followed the recipe with the paprika but added a garlic blend seasoning and onion powder to the melted butter since we are both huge garlic fans. We loved it. The haddock filets I had weren't very thick so I cooked them at 350° for about 25 mins because I didn't want them to get tough. Will most certainly use this again.

  • cynandtom
    Aug 16, 2019

    Fast as promised, and nice flavor. Next time, I may cut back on the salt and add a little garlic and lemon zest.

  • gunslinger
    Aug 15, 2019

    I cooked this for my husband tonight, using catfish. It was a very tasty alternative to fried.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 17, 2018

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  • delowenstein
    Dec 4, 2016

    I had fish to use up which had been in my freezer: used codfish and flounder fillets. I used 1/4 tsp. each paprika and pepper. I DID add 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese! I didn't cover the fish-I just baked it as is and it worked out well-really tasty! delowenstein