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.

How to cook fish from frozen

What do you do when you forget to take something out 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-trun 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.

Not since I discovered how to cook fish like cod and salmon from frozen. 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.

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.

I used this technique to cook dinner for my in-laws (real fish-lovers) when they last visited. They saw me take it out of the freezer and put it into the oven and they were dumbfounded. But when they dug in, they were amazed. The fish was flaky and moist. Perfect. It’s such a convenient dinner!

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The best part about it though is it means that I can enjoy my favorite seafood, Alaska seafood, even in the months when it’s not in season. This makes me very happy. Because Alaska seafood tastes great, it’s super quick and easy to cook and it’s wild and sustainably managed.

All in all, it’s a smart and healthy choice for my family.

How To Cook Fish From Frozen, that's right, straight from the freezer!

How To Cook Fish From Frozen

For the breaded fish pictured above, 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 450F 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 450F).

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 went back into the oven until heated through and flaky in the middle.

Easy, right?

My basic method for cooking fish from frozen (without the breading. Just a very basic method) is in the recipe below.

You can get lots of instructions, recipes and ideas on how to cook fish from frozen from Alaska Seafood over here.

Now here’s how to cook fish from frozen:

How to Cook Fish from Frozen

These are the basic instructions for cooking Alaska cod portions and Alaska 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


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and add seasonings or sauce.
  4. 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 is providing the 20 pounds of seafood for the giveaway. They also provided me with 8 pieces of cod for testing out the Cook it Frozen method and for recipe development. I was not compensated in any other way for this blog post. All opinions are my own.