Pan-Seared and Crusted Lingcod


This is a simple recipe for lingcod or other bottom fish. It makes a delicious meal when served with rice pilaf and Caesar salad.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins



  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 1 ½ pounds lingcod, cleaned and boned

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 medium lemon

  • ¼ cup butter


  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

  • ¼ cup butter, cut into pieces


  1. Make the fish: Dissolve salt in 8 cups of water in a bowl. Add lingcod and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Drain brine, then rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Season on one side with salt and pepper.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Cut lemon in half lengthwise. Cut one half into wedges; set aside for serving. Zest the other half; set zest aside for the topping, then juice the zested half into a small bowl for the fish.

  5. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking dish and pour lemon juice over top.

  6. Make the topping: Gently stir bread crumbs, Parmesan, lemon-pepper seasoning, and lemon zest in a bowl until well combined. Spread topping over fillets, then dot with butter.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
20g Fat
22g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 4153mg 181%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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