How To Cook Fish From Frozen
Did you know that you can cook fish from frozen? In this post you’ll learn how to cook fish like cod and salmon from frozen – there’s a basic method plus one for breaded fish. This post is sponsored by Alaska Seafood but all opinions remain my own.
What do you do when you forget to take something out of the freezer for dinner?
You know that mad panic. You’re halfway home from work or from picking up the kids when you realize that you don’t have any dinner plans. Suddenly you’re pulling a U-turn to head to the grocery store, find something quick and easy to make, stand in line to pay, and then finally back into the car and headed home.
And you still have to actually *make* dinner.
But you know what? This doesn’t happen to me anymore.
Can You Cook Fish from Frozen?
Yes! Now that I’ve discovered how to cook fish from frozen, there’s way fewer panicked evenings trying to figure out dinner. Since I learned this technique, I make sure to always have fish fillets or portions in the freezer ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice. Cod, salmon, and more are now so much easier to enjoy!
The fish fillets or portions can go straight from the freezer into the oven once you know how to do it. The result is perfectly cooked fish every time.
The best part about it though is that I can enjoy my favorite seafood even in the months when it’s not in season. This makes me very happy. All in all, it’s a smart and healthy choice for my family.
Oh, and in case you’re curious, you can cook shrimp from frozen too. Now onto the fish fillets….
Making Breaded Fish from Frozen
I lightly oiled cod portions and put them on a heavy-duty baking sheet that can withstand a high temperature (like this one) then baked at 450°F until nearly cooked through (about 10 minutes).
Meanwhile, I also baked some lightly seasoned, lightly oiled Panko crumbs until a toasty browned (3-5 minutes at 450°F).
I then removed the fish from the oven and brushed the tops of the fillets lightly with a mixture of half dijon mustard and half milk, and then sprinkled the fillets with the toasted breadcrumbs.
The cod then went back into the oven until heated through and flaky in the middle.
My basic method for cooking fish from frozen (without the breading. Just a very basic method) is in the recipe below.
How to Cook Fish from Frozen:
Did you know that you can cook fish from frozen? These are the basic instructions for cooking cod and salmon portions from frozen. To make the fish with crunchy crumb crust pictured here, the instructions are immediately above this recipe.
- 4 (4-6 oz.) cod or salmon portions
- 2 tsp. olive oil or vegetable oil
- salt, pepper and/or other seasonings or sauce
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Remove frozen fish from all packaging and rinse under cold running water to remove any ice crystals.
- Arrange fish in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with oil on all sides.
- Bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and add seasonings or sauce.
- Continue to bake until hot and flaky in the center, about 8-12 more minutes. Thicker portions may need to be flipped over halfway through cooking and may require a few extra minutes to cook through.
Video by Leigh Olson. Article, photos and recipe by Christine Pittman.
Disclosure: Alaska Seafood provided all of the product pictured in this post. I was not compensated in any other way for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
This post originally appeared in April 2014 and was revised and republished in August 2020.