A fish recipe the whole family will love! This Creamy Baked Fish is made in the easiest sauce! Creamy Caesars Dressing is slathered over seasoned white fish fillets then topped with cheese and oven-baked! An Easy Dinner under 30 minutes with tons of flavor! 

creamy baked fish recipe made with white fish fillets, Creamy dressing, cheese, and garlic salt

 

Fish Recipes are a great way to incorporate protein into your families diet the healthy way! Try out our other Baked fish recipes the whole family can enjoy! Fish with Mango SalsaBaked Salmon in the Best Lemon Alfredo SauceCreamy Baked Tilapia Spinach Casserole.

Baked Fish Recipe

Family and dinner guests love this baked fish recipe! It’s my go-to fish recipe for a quick dinner and a wonderful way to add protein in an EASY and lean way! You’d probably never guess how easy this fish recipe comes together! With a creamy salad dressing, white fish fillets, cheese, and garlic salt-you can make an extraordinary fish dish!

Even the non-lovers of fish came to enjoy this recipe and it’s Keto-friendly (not that we’re on a Keto diet:) Using Creamy dressing will change your fish game! No wonder it’s a secret ingredient in chicken kabobs and used for grilling other meats! I love to use ranch or Creamy Caesars Dressing!

Easy Oven Baked White Fish:

Grab your sheet pan and get ready for an amazing fish dinner! Cooking fish in the oven is incredibly easy and requires no frying, excess oils, or tons of ingredients!

You don’t even need to break out the BBQ grill or mess with complicated sauces! This recipe is skillet-free so you don’t even need to use a frying pan! It’s a one-pan throw and bake dinner! Just pre-heat the oven and start prepping your 2-ingredient fish recipe!

Ingredients for Creamy Baked Fish in a Simple Sauce:

The secret to an easy fish sauce is creamy dressing! Since dressing is already prepared there’s no fuss or additional time required! It’s so simple but very flavorful! Seriously, the most basic ingredients you can have to make fish!

I’ve used ranch dressing and creamy Caesar dressing with similar results. Any creamy dressing will work for this fish!

  • Creamy Caesar Dressing (or Ranch)
  • Garlic salt (Lawry’s)
  • Cheese (cheddar works best!)

 FAQ:

What Kind of Fish to Bake With?

This oven baked fish recipe works best with white fish fillets. I used Alaskan pollock fillets, but tilapia, Swai, bass, haddock, or cod are all mildly flavored fish that you can cook with.

“White Fish” is the color of fish flesh. Fillets that are opaque in color and that lean more towards a lighter shade are mildly flavored and quick to cook with. They can be inexpensive and the best part-they’re boneless!

Ingredients Needed?

  • White Fish Fillets- Swai fillets, Pollock fillets, or Tilapia fillets.
  • Creamy dressing- (like Caesar or Ranch)
  • Garlic salt- (Lawry’s brand)

How To Bake White Fish Fillets in the Oven:

Boneless fish fillets are quick to cook with, especially if it’s white fish!

  1. Rinse and pat dry the fish fillets.
  2. Season both sides of the fish fillets with garlic salt.
  3. Drizzle Creamy Dressing over the top of each fillet.
  4. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated 450°F for 25-28 minutes. (If using smaller fish fillets decrease the baking time.)

Cook’s Tip: Some fish fillets are flash frozen and could contain more water once thawed. If the fillets are too fragile to handle simply rinse and place on the baking sheet. Excess water should evaporate some during baking. 

Can I use frozen fillets?

Yes! I’ve baked partially frozen fish fillets with great results!

If dinner is around the corner and you’re short on time remove the frozen fillets from the freezer and place onto a sheet pan. Place into a 250°F oven for 5 minutes. Strain any water and proceed with the recipe. This quickly defrosts the fish without cooking the fillets.

How Long Do You Bake White Fish Fillets?

Boneless white fillets are quick to cook with and require around 20 minutes of baking time depending on how big the fillets are.

Look for a safe internal temp of 145°F for cooked fish. Cooked fish should be opaque and should flake easily with a fork.

Is this Fish Gluten-Free?

This fish recipe is gluten-free! Look for creamy dressings that contain cornstarch or thickeners without flour.

Keto-Friendly?

This Creamy baked fish is keto approved! So, if you’re are following a keto diet this fish is for you!

How To Store Baked Fish?

Fish is best served fresh out of the oven. If you have leftovers store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

To Reheat- microwave until warmed or place into a toaster oven until the fish gets hot.

What to Serve with Baked Fish?

There’s so much sides you can serve with white fish! Serve this simple weeknight dinner on any occasion and it’s done in under 30-minutes!

What Kind of Creamy Dressings Can I Use?

I’ve used creamy ranch dressing and Creamy Garlic Caesar for this baked fish. Salad dressings are already flavored and make a huge shortcut to a marinade or sauce!

Furthermore, look for creamy based dressings that are seasoned well and flavorful. I don’t recommend colored dressings like French Dressing or Thousand Island. Stick to creamy herb ones.

  • Ranch
  • Creamy Caesar
  • A Creamy Italian dressing
  • Creamy Vidalia Onion

For healthier Fish:

Choose a low-fat dressing and aim for cheese that is fat-free or low in fat.

Tools For Baking Fish:

Here are tools you need to bake fish in the oven:

  • A parchment lined Sheet-Pan to bake the fish!
  • Use a Spatula to carefully remove the fish from the baking pan without breaking.
  • An Oven-Mitt for safety
  • A Serving Dish (I bought mine from Bed Bath and Beyond)

BEST Cooking Tips For Baking Fish in the Oven:

  1. Bake fish at a high temperature for a nice cheese crust!
  2. Squeeze fresh lemons after the fish has baked.
  3. Creamy Dressings are rich in flavor and have oils in them to make fish juicy and flavorful!
  4. Cheese creates a spotted crust when baked at a high temperature and adds flavor.

 

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How To Make Creamy Baked Fish:

Creamy Baked Fish

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
A fish recipe the whole family will love! This Creamy Baked Fish is made in the easiest sauce! Creamy Caesars Dressing is slathered over seasoned white fish fillets then topped with cheese and oven-baked! An Easy Dinner under 30 minutes with tons of flavor! 

Equipment

  • 18x13" sheet pan

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 6 fish fillets (Pollock, Swai, or Tilapia)
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Caesar dressing (or creamy Ranch)
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)

Instructions

Instructions:

  • Season both sides of the fish fillets with garlic salt.
  • Drizzle Creamy Dressing over the top of each fillet (about 2-3 Tbsp each.)
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake in a pre-heated 450°F for 25-28 minutes. (If using smaller fish fillets decrease the baking time.)

Notes

  • Fish: use any white fish fillets that are mildly flavored.
  • Bake Time: pollock fillets are longer in size (apprx. 9" long) if using smaller fish fillets decrease the cooking time accordingly and adjust the salt.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1filletCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 936mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 1mg

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