Panko Crusted Fish

Tender fish fillets or loins are topped with a delicious, herby crust to make a simple dinner that is sure to be a hit with the whole family! Of all the ways to prepare a simple fish fillets or loins, this Panko Crusted Fish is by far a favourite of ours!

This recipe is made with Basa fish loins but you can easily substitute your favourite fish.

To all my fish-loving friends, this super easy weeknight meal feels fancy enough for weekends and special occasions too, so I’m going to go ahead and say its an any night meal. Seriously, go ahead and serve this up at your next dinner party and just sit back and let the compliments roll in.

The recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, which is perfect for me and it uses ingredients I always have on hand. I often use frozen fish (thawed, of course) and so making this for dinner is something we can do anytime, whether or not we have made it out to the grocery store.

Panko Crusted Fish on a white plate with mini potatoes.

What fish can you use?

A great thing about this panko crusted fish recipe is that you can easily use your favourite fish for it. I made this with basa loins today but this works with pretty much any other fish you like.

I have tried this with:

  • basa
  • haddock
  • halibut
  • salmon
  • sole
  • cod

I have written the recipe for 4 fish portions which could be fillets or loins but you can double it for a crowd or even use a much larger piece of fish.

Panko crusted fish loins on a tray

Tips for making Panko Crusted Fish

This recipe is super easy to make and can be mastered by novice cooks, so I am confident you will achieve a delicious meal! That said, there are a few things to keep in mind for the best results.

  • Be sure to pat your fish dry before seasoning and topping it. This will help ensure the mayo-mustard mixture stays in place and doesn’t slide off.
  • Season the fish and the panko breading. I find this results in the tastiest fish since most fish can be very bland and definitely needs seasoning.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure it is cooked. Because fish fillets and loins can vary in size and thickness, your best bet is to check the temperature to ensure it is cooked. I check on it at about 15 minutes and then add more time only if needed. Be careful not to overcook your fish though as it will dry out.
  • If you do not eat mayonnaise, you can use just mustard. If you are doing this though, opt for a milder tasting mustard so it is not overpowering.

Can you prepare Panko Crusted Fish in advance?

Fish is definitely at its best and most moist when it is freshly cooked, but if you are serving this up at a dinner party or just want to prep dinner in advance for a busy weeknight, you can definitely prepare the fish the day before. I would put off cooking it until you are ready to serve your guests or family, but you can assemble the fish beforehand so it is ready to pop in the oven.

To do this:

  • Follow the recipe below to season and top the fish portions.
  • Place the topped portions in a baking dish and then cover the dish with plastic food wrap (try to choose a dish that is deep enough so that when you cover it, the wrap doesn’t touch the topping).
  • When you are ready to enjoy, preheat the oven, transfer the fish to a baking sheet and cook!
Panko Crusted Fish on a white plate with mini potatoes

Storing and reheating leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. To reheat them, place them in the oven until warmed through. You can also use a microwave but I find the oven gets the topping to crisp up again while you risk a soggier topping in the microwave.

Panko crusted fish on a baking tray

I hope you enjoy this recipe!


You may also like:

Beer Battered Fish
Basa Fish Fillet with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce
Salmon Parcels

If you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do, please leave a rating and comment below! Thanks!

panko crusted fish loin with potatoes
Panko Crusted Fish on a white plate with mini potatoes.

Panko Crusted Fish

Tender fish fillets or loins are topped with a delicious, herby crust to make a simple dinner that is sure to be a hit with the whole family!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 265 kcal


  • 4 fish fillets or fish loins
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard or honey mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a small bowl, mix the panko bread crumbs, olive oil, melted butter, dried dill and salt and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl mix the mayonnaise and mustard together.
  • Pat the fish dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the fish and then evenly spread the panko mixture on top. The mayonnaise mixture will help it stick but you can also gently pat it down.
  • Transfer the fish to the baking sheet and cook for 15-18 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. [Note: the time required will vary depending on the thickness and size of your fish portions so use a meat thermometer to ensure it is cooked. Serve.

Note: Metric ingredient measurements are provided as a courtesy using a third-party calculator and are rounded to the nearest unit. The recipes provided on this site have not been tested with metric measurements and their accuracy cannot be verified.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is based on third-party calculations and is an estimate only. Accurate nutritional facts will vary based on the particular brands used, portion sizes, measurement accuracy and more.

Keyword fish, fish fillet, fish loin, quick dinner
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panko crusted fish with mini potatoes and a lemon wedge

One Comment

  1. Kim George

    5 stars
    This was a huge hit with the family. Relatively easy to make and a good change up from my normal fish recipes. Very good!!!!

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