It doesn’t get much easier than this fish with stuffing recipe! Tender, flaky baked cod is generously topped with buttery Newfoundland dressing for a super simple meal that tastes so incredibly delicious. Perfect for a quick weeknight supper or entertaining, this baked cod with Newfoundland dressing is sure to become a new favourite.
Today’s baked fish recipe combines a couple of my favourite things: cod and Newfoundland dressing (or, as we like to say here in Newfoundland, simply “dressing.”)
Made with minimal ingredients, this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes with very little fuss or cleanup. I don’t know about you, but I need more of those recipes in my life!
- Cod fillets: I used fresh cod fillets, with each fillet being roughly 5-ounces.
- Salt and black pepper: The dressing has salt and pepper in it, but I like to season the fish with a little of each before adding the dressing.
- Newfoundland dressing: Newfoundland dressing is such a unique dish with the primary herb being summer savoury. It really adds such a wonderful flavour to the baked fish.
- Butter: Melted unsalted butter adds richness and flavour. There’s not too much used, so feel free to substitute with salted butter or margarine.
What Can I Use Instead of Cod?
Of course, cod is the star ingredient in this baked fish recipe. It’s light, flakey and works wonderfully with the dressing. As mentioned, I used fresh cod fillets. You can substitute with cod loins if you like. Keep in mind, though, because cod loins are typically thicker than cod fillets, you’ll likely have to cook your fish a little longer.
If you can’t get cod (or prefer to use another variety of fish), haddock would be a great substitute.
How To Make Baked Cod With Newfoundland Dressing
Here is an overview of how to make cod with dressing (full details are in the recipe card below):
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the cod fillets on there. Pat the cod fillets dry of excess moisture with some paper towels, then season them with salt and black pepper.
- Add the dressing on top of each fillet, gently pressing it in so it’ll adhere.
- Drizzle each fillet with some melted butter.
- Bake the fillets until cooked through.
How Long to Bake the Cod
Cook the cod until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Once cooked, the cod should also be opaque and flake easily with a fork.
For this recipe, I generally find that it takes about 16 to 18 minutes for the cod to cook through. Of course, the thickness of your fillets may cause the cook time to vary. If you have really thick cod fillets, for example, you may have to increase your cook time.
What To Serve With It
Cod with dressing pairs wonderfully with any of these sides:
- Mashed potatoes
- Mashed turnip (rutabaga)
- Roasted root veggies
- Side salad
- Homemade fries
- Crispy potato wedges
- Homemade bread
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Baked Cod With Newfoundland Dressing
- 4 (5-ounce) cod fillets (boneless and skinless)
- ¼ teaspoon salt, or more if desired
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups Newfoundland dressing, approximately (cups loosely packed)
- 4 teaspoons melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the cod fillets on the sheet pan. Pat the fillets dry of excess moisture with some paper towels. Season the fillets with salt and black pepper. Divide the dressing between the fillets (about ½ cup per fillet), covering all over the top of each fillet. Gently press the dressing into the fish. Drizzle some melted butter over each fillet (about 1 teaspoon per fillet)
- Bake the cod fillets for 16 to 18 minutes or until they're cooked through, opaque and flake easily with a fork (insert the tines of a fork into the thickest part of the fish at an angle and twist gently; it should flake easily). Serve and enjoy!Note: Cook time may vary depending on the thickness of your fish. My pieces were done at the 16-minute mark.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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