Easy Baked Fish

One of my favorite things about cooking fish is that it doesn’t take any time at all to do it! And with a flavorful parsley pesto to top off this Easy Baked Fish, it will keep dinner far from boring or routine. This would be a fast and fabulous dinner any busy night of the week. Enjoy!

Easy Baked Fish on 100 Days of #RealFood

Easy Baked Fish on 100 Days of #RealFood

Easy Baked Fish

With a flavorful parsley pesto to top off this Easy Baked Fish, it will keep dinner far from boring or routine. It's fabulous for any busy weeknight.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 4 people


  • 1 pound mild white fish in fillets (such as cod, tilapia, flounder, or sole)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup parsley fresh
  • 1/2 cup almonds raw, sliced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 green onions trimmed, white and green parts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + extra for greasing the baking dish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Grease a large rectangular baking dish with a light coating of olive oil. Evenly distribute the fish fillets in the bottom of the baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • In a food processor, combine the parsley, almonds, Parmesan, green onions, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon juice. Pulse until it forms a thick pesto.
  • Spread the pesto in an even layer on top of the fish. Cook until done (white and flaky), about 15 - 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.


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Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Easy Baked Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1460IU29%
Vitamin C 24.6mg30%
Calcium 213mg21%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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18 thoughts on “Easy Baked Fish”

    1. Hi Kristy, you can definitely try omitting them completely, as traditional pistou is generally made with olive oil, basil and garlic only: while cheese may be added. – Nicole

  1. I made a light version of the pesto by substituting plain non-fat Greek yogurt in place of the oil and it came almost as good as oil-based pesto. Thanks for a fantastic idea.

  2. 5 stars
    So I definitely modified the pesto with ingredients I had on hand: basil instead of parsley, pine nuts instead of almonds. THIS WAS AMAZING! I LOVE PESTO but have never baked it with the fish/meat and have never tried green onions in the mix, a delicious and light meal. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I made tilapia and cod and liked the cod better. The pesto was delicious and the recipe made a large amount to really smother on the fish!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this on Thursday, and today it is Saturday and I am making it again. I like the recipe that much! It is light, flavorful, fresh, and the parsley is available year round and less costly than basil. I love olive oil, but I like that this recipe doesn’t overdo it in that department so the parsley and nut flavors really take centre stage. I used flaked almonds as they were the only nuts I had available and it was delish. I had some pesto leftover and used it the next day on pasta. Thank you!

  5. Made this last night with cod. Used pecans since I had them in fridge. Came out spectacular. My husband and I both loved. I cooked it at a slightly lower temp for a bit longer and it came out perfect…

  6. For the longest time, I thought you could only make pesto out of the traditional ingredients– basil, pinenuts, etc. But, then I learned that you can make a pesto out of nearly any green and nut combination. I make a kale walnut pesto that’s delish. Parsley is always nice with white fish, so I bet this recipe is great. Love the quick meal ideas!

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