What’s the best fish to bake? (8 types of white fish)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question, “What’s the best fish to bake?”, discuss how to bake fish with or without aluminum foil, and the time required to bake a fish.

What’s the best fish to bake?

The best fish to bake is a flaky white fish such as;

  • Tilapia
  • Halibut
  • Cod
  • Bass
  • Grouper
  • Haddock
  • Catfish
  • Snapper

What do you mean by white fish?

The term white fish generally refers to any white-fleshed fish that is having a mild flavor and a tender texture. These fishes are very easy to prepare and are a rich source of proteins, vitamin B-12 and selenium.

How to prepare fish for baking?

If you want to bake a fish, follow these steps;

  1. First of all, thaw the fish if it is frozen. For this, you can transfer the fish to a breathable pastic bag and submerge it in cold water for some time until it is thawed.
  2. Now remove the skin of raw fish by using a sharp fillet knife.
  3. Now remove the tiny bones, even if the pin bones have been removed earlier, by pulling them at an angle of 45 degrees toward where the head would be.
  4. Rinse the fish properly to remove any bacteria and then pat dry with a paper towel.
  5. Pre-heat the oven.

450 F for fillets and steaks

350 F for dressed fish

  1. Place the single layer of fish in a greased shallow baking pan.
  2. Brush fish with olive oil and melted butter to keep it moist and season it as desired. (you can use snipped fresh or dried herbs, spiced blends, minced garlic, and salt or pepper)

How to bake fish in aluminum foil?

To ensure that your fish does not dry out and to seal in its aroma and flavor, the best option is to wrap your fish in an aluminum foil before baking.

For baking fish in aluminum foil, grease the base of foil with oil and melted butter and place the piece of fish onto the foil. Season the fish as desired; with salt and pepper, lemon juice, and some dried herbs. Fold up the sides of the foil and seal at the top. Now place the foil in a preheated oven (450 F/ 200℃). Cook it for a specific time until the flesh is white and firm.

How to bake fish without using aluminum foil?

If you are going to have a stuffed or covered fish, you can simply bake it in the oven by using an oven tray. Although your fish will get a bit dry during the process, still it will not lose its taste.

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How to bake a large round fish?

To bake a large round fish, make several cuts in the fish in a diagonal way to ensure even and quick cooking. Season the fish with salt and pepper and fill in the cavities with lemon and dried herbs. Apply some oil and melted butter and close the cavities to reshape the fish. Place a greased lining in the baking tray and bake until the skin is crispy and the flesh is white and firm.

How long to bake a fish?

The time to bake fish depends on the cuts and thickness of the fish. But as fish cooks quickly and dries out if overcooked, here is the estimated time frame to have the idea;

  • For fillets and steaks

Bake in the preheated oven (450 F) for 4-6 minutes per ½ inches thickness of fish

  • For pan-dressed fish

Bake in the preheated oven (350 F) for 6-9 minutes per 8 ounces of fish

How to tell if fish is done?

To tell if the fish is done or not is quite puzzling because it is not temperature dependant but here is a tip!

Always check fish for its doneness at its minimum baking time to ensure that it does not get overcooked. To check, insert a fork into the fish and twist gently. The fish will be done as soon as it begins to flake and the fish juice will be milky white.

What are some baked fish recipes?

If you are a fish lover, you will want to have a different taste of it. This can be possible if you try different recipes. Some of these recipes are listed below:

  • Khud-style baked Indian basa
  • Salt crusted baked snapper
  • Beetroot crusted rawas
  • Fish fillets with warm parsley sauce
  • Baked nut crusted fish
  • Algerienne fish
  • Salmon fillet with vegetables
  • Fish andlouse
  • Baked fish in white sauce
  • Foil baked fish


In this brief guide, we answered the question, “What’s the best fish to bake?”, discussed how to bake fish with or without aluminum foil and the time required to bake a fish.


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