Baking fish in the oven is one of the easiest cooking methods for fish, and is more healthy than pan frying or deep fat frying. A basic recipe calls for simply dipping each fillet in a mixture of melted butter and lemon juice, then placing on a baking pan. The melted butter mixture can be flavored with a little grated onion, if desired.

Bake in a moderate oven, 350 degrees F, until the fish flakes. Over baking will cause the fish to be dry and tough.

Baked Fish Steaks or Fillets


  • 2 pounds fish steaks or fillets, cut into portion sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly brush the baking sheet with oil, or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk the melted butter, lemon juice, and grated onion together.
  4. Sprinkle each portion with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Dip in the melted butter mixture, and lift to drain excess.
  6. Place in a single layer in the baking pan. Lightly drizzle any extra of the melted butter mixture over the top if there is any left.
  7. Bake until the fish flakes, about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
  8. Serve hot.
John’s motto is ‘release it unharmed or do it justice on the plate.’ Executive Chef, photographer, and surfer, John photographs ocean marine life when he’s out fishing, and creates masterpieces in the kitchen with what he keeps on deck. His photo works have been used in OEHHA Fish Advisories, National Geographic presentations, and nonprofit marine life groups. When he’s not fishing, he’s making great BBQ. Visit him at, and send him a message using the contact form using the link above.