Lubys Cafeteria Baked White Fish

Luby’s Cafeteria Baked White Fish has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but they recently took this off the menu. Perhaps like you, I missed enjoying the dish, so I got to work on this one.
baked white fish on a plate

You are lucky if you have a Luby’s nearby because Luby’s is a cafeteria that serves up all sorts of wonderful home cooking. One of my favorite menu items has always been their baked white fish, but, unfortunately, it is no longer on the menu. Perhaps you’re like me and miss enjoying this dish. Not to worry, I got to work on this copykat recipe so we can all eat this baked fish recipe at home.

seasoned white fish

Baked white fish is one of the best fish recipes. However, it can be difficult knowing exactly how to cook fish fillets. Now you have a new recipe to arm yourself with. You can use any white firm-fleshed fish such as haddock, cod, or halibut. All this simple fish recipe needs (apart from the fish) is some basic seasoning – salt, pepper, and lemon pepper. And, perhaps you weren’t aware of it, but mayonnaise provides a unique topping for this fish dish.

How to Bake Fish

  • You can put this baked fish meal together in no time. I like to start by patting each fish fillet dry with a paper towel, and then seasoning it with some salt and pepper. I then dredge the fish in flour, careful to shake off any extra.
  • I place the fish carefully into a baking dish, and then I cover the top of the fish with mayonnaise – I like the mayonnaise to be about 1/4 inch high. I then sprinkle lemon pepper over the mayonnaise and bake the fish for about 15 minutes or so at 350 degrees.
  • To finish the fish off, I turn on the broiler in my oven and pop the fish under it to allow the top of the fish to brown. The mayonnaise browns and almost forms a crispy crust on top – delicious!

Luby’s Cafeteria Baked White Fish

How does this fish taste? Amazingly good! This dish is simple to make and is great for cooks of all levels from beginners to experienced.

  • What would you serve with this baked fish dish? I am partial to macaroni and cheese. Click here for some other ideas to go with this best fish recipe.

Luby’s Macaroni and Cheese
If you love Luby’s Cafeteria, I have other copykat Luby’s favorites for you to check out. And, I would be interested to hear what Luby’s food you are particularly partial to. Let me know by sending me a comment.
Luby’s Skillet Cabbage
Luby’s Spaghetti Salad
Luby’s Macaroni and Cheese
Luby’s Chicken Durango

And here are three more copykat white fish recipes for you to enjoy.

  • Butter Poached Fish
  • Captain D’s Batter Dipped Fish
  • Fish and Chips in Beer Batter
  • If you love Luby’s Cafeteria I have other Luby’s favorites for you to check out.

    baked white fish on a plate with green beans

    baked white fish on a plate

    Lubys Cafeteria Baked White Fish

    This menu item is not currently served at Luby's.   
    5 from 3 votes
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    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Baked fish, Lubys Cafeteria Baked White Fish
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 602kcal


    • 24 ounces white fish (cod, haddock, white fish, or paiche)
    • salt and pepper
    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blot excess moisture off of fish with paper towels. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge fish in flour, and shake off excess flour. Place fish filets in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Gently spoon mayonnaise over the fish, spread mayonnaise over the fish evenly. Sprinkle lemon pepper over the mayonnaise. Add about 1/2 cup water to the baking dish. Bake fish for approximately 15 minutes. Then turn the broiler on your oven, and brown the mayonnaise on top of the fish.

    Recipe Tips for the Cook

    Make this Keto Friendly!
    Want to make this recipe Keto friendly?  Dredge with almond flour instead of regular flour, and save those carbs! 


    Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Richard M.

    5 stars
    You’re recipe is a hit, it looks like! My lil tweak is using tartar sauce instead of plain mayo. Nice lil twist. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Kathie

    Great recipes! But I have a hard time with the light gray print. I hope you’ll consider switching to black print, as it will make it so much easier to read. Thanks!

  3. Niccoli Contello

    I just discovered your website, and I’m already in love! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Thanks so much!
    Just a thought… I would love to see some Gluten Free versions of restaurant favorites. (And maybe you have that, and I just haven’t seen it yet). I’ve gotten fairly good at substituting Gluten Free flour for recipes like this one, where it’s just used for dredging, but when it’s for baking, it’s not always an easy swap of ingredients…
    Thanks again!

  4. Sonia Hernandez

    We are bigtime Lubys fans also. My husband requested Lubys baked fish. I look forward to trying your recipe. I also miss the salmon croquet.
    Thanks for this recipe post. I will check back in when I’ve made it.

  5. Irene

    I had a friend live temporarily with me while between moving from one place to another. She would make this frequently because we both loved fish. The only thing that she did differently was to use milk instead of water in the pan, a ‘secret’ method she learned from her mother. It was so delicious that we sometimes had it at least 6 times a month. BEWARE… If you have gout, you’ll probably have a massive attack from too much white fish. As I did, and spent days in the hospital!!

    • Estella

      I am sorry Irene you got sick and hope you are much better, it sounds like a great recipe, I was unaware how too much can be bad for you/us. Thank you for sharing and wishing you the best.


  6. Cam

    I wish you would make a copy of Banquet Chicken or Turkey pot pies. They are the only ones I really like. I’ve tried for 60 years to copy it with no luck making the sauce.

  7. Foodiewife

    I’ve never heard of Luby’s in my part of California. Sometimes, I add Parmesan to the mayonnaise– and maybe even some herbs– and you are right. This is absolutely delicious!

  8. Teresa

    My daughter bought a couple of bags of salmon fillets. She moved into an apt. then a few weeks later & doesn’t want the fish. No one eats it but me now so do you think this recipe woud work with salmon ? Thanks.

    • Stephanie

      I think it would work ok, if you are trying to mask the fact that it is fish, sure, why not.

      For Salmon I like to do, a marinade equal parts of soy sauce, vegetable oil, and brown sugar. I think this works well too.

  9. Baltisraul

    I always perk up when you release a Luby’s gem. I make this but now with the lemon pepper ingredient it is bound to be a keeper. Maybe even a little lemon juice and zest could also be used? That would take the dull out of Pollack and Whiting, I believe.

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