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Oven-Fried Fish Nuggets

My husband and I love fresh, fried fish, but we're both trying to cut back on fats. I made up this recipe and it was a huge hit. He tells me that he likes it as much as deep-fried fish, and that's saying a lot! —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds cod fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray


  • In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cornflakes, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Coat fish with butter-flavored spray, then roll in crumb mixture.
  • Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked fish nuggets on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, preheat oven to 375°. Bake nuggets on a rack on a greased baking sheet 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Nutrition Facts
9 piece: 171 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1/2 starch.
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  • Allison
    Jun 11, 2019

    We tried this exactly as written, and it was pretty good! A great way to eat breaded fish, but it wasn't anything I would make again. My husband and I now like to take this exact same recipe and sub in chicken for the fish - we like the breading better with chicken, but that's down to personal preference.

  • gunslinger
    Jan 9, 2018

    Made these for my husband tonight , I am not a fish person, and they were very good. I used panko bread crumbs and the coating was crispy.

  • joannewells
    Nov 17, 2017

    How do you get the fish crisp on the bottom?

  • Tonijo15
    Mar 23, 2014

    My husband and I enjoyed this fish. I didn't make any substitutions and found it very tasteful. It's a keeper in my recipe box.

  • Rivkel
    Mar 23, 2014

    We tried this last night. Everyone liked it. I used Panko for the breading with fresh Parmesan and a little salt and pepper. I used fat free milk to moisten fish before rolling in Panko. It was crunchy and moist. I am eating a few pieces warmed up in the oven for breakfast and it retained the crunch! Very good and easy to make. My boys liked it so that is a big win!

  • giovanni916
    Mar 22, 2014

    saw this recipe yesterday & made it last night - very tasty! used crushed ritz crackers & panko for breading & also put on rack during baking for xtra crispiness--my husband & I thought it was very good--will make again--omitted the 1/2 tsp of salt d/t salt in crackers.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Mar 22, 2014

    Not much to write home about on this one. Fish does not have to be bland, this one sure is!

  • RachelLeslie
    Mar 21, 2014

    Good recipe! Easy! Hey SingerRinger: try crushing a high fiber cereal like Fiber One for part of the crumbs & coating the fish with whipped egg whites to keep it at 4pts. You still need to spray the rack/sheet with cooking spray though. For those who substituted another kind of fish: cod doesn't need much seasoning, but some other kinds do: . Whatever you use needs to be firm/thick enough that it can be cut into 1"inch CUBES to get the right effect. Don't give up on enjoying fish: Keep "frying" until you find a combo you like!!

  • ronlep
    Mar 21, 2014

    Great way to cook "fried" fish. Try a wire cooling rack to cook the fish and it will be even crispier. Make sure you spray the rack and the fish on both sides

  • SingerRinger
    Mar 21, 2014

    4 pts. on Weight Watchers- making this tonight!- think 5 pts. is a better number because the fat grams could be 5. Not sure if the saturated fat is part of the first fat listed in the nutritional info.