Luby's Cafeteria Baked White Fish - CopyKat Recipes (2024)

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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.

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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 copycat recipe so we can all eat this baked fish recipe at home.

Baked white fish is one of the best fish recipes. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how to cook fish fillets. Now you have a new recipe to arm yourself with.

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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.

  1. Pat each fish fillet dry with a paper towel and then season it with some salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the fish in flour and carefully shake off any extra flour.
  3. Place the fish into a baking dish, and then cover the top of the fish with mayonnaise about 1/4 inch layer.
  4. Sprinkle lemon pepper over the mayonnaise.
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  5. Bake the fish for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. To finish the fish off, turn on the broiler and pop the fish under it to allow the top to brown. The mayonnaise browns and almost forms a crispy crust on top – delicious!

CopyKat Tip: Make this keto friendly! Dredge with almond flour instead of regular flour and save those carbs!

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 Luby’s Macaroni and Cheese.

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I would be interested to hear what Luby’s food you are particularly partial to. Let me know by sending me a comment.

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Lubys Cafeteria Baked White Fish

This menu item is not currently served at Luby’s.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Baked fish, Lubys Cafeteria Baked White Fish

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 602kcal

Author: Stephanie Manley


  • 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.


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

About Stephanie Manley

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. Rachel

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    I also miss this at Luby’s! Thank you for re-creating it!

    Question: Can Lite or no-fat Mayo be substituted?

    Also, I would like to find a recipe for their Cranberry Salad. It is more of a dessert than a salad. In addition to cranberries, it has grapes, small marshmallows, pecans and other stuff. They only served it around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Talk about yummy!

    Thanks for your help. — Rachel


    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t think light or low-fat mayo work well, you could try it. I think this needs the egg yolk in the mayo to help set up. I appreciate your other suggestion!


  2. Denise saleh

    Could you make this recipe with a topping of panko on top of the mayonnaise?


    • Stephanie Manley

      I think that would work nicely.


  3. Emilio Ramirez

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    Luby’s announced it will be closing. Several years ago they sold a cookbook with most of there favorite dishes. Heat oven to 350. Coat fish with flour, shake off excess. Spread mayonnaise evenly on fish. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and dried parsley. Place in large enough pan. Pour water around fish to 1/8 inch in depth. Cook 20 to 25 min or fish flakes and top is golden brown.


  4. Richard M.

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    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!


  5. Baltisraul

    Do you know what Luby’s most requested recipe might be?


  6. 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!


    • Stephanie

      Thank you I will see about doing this!


  7. jeny

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    This is really good


  8. SamT

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    I wished they would not have stopped serving this!


  9. vex 3

    Looks delicious and attractive cake, thanks for sharing the recipe


  10. 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!


  11. 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.


    • Stephanie

      Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy it.


      • Sonia Hernandez

        Thank you, thank you, your baked fish recipe was a hit! I got it right the 1st time!
        I will definitely seek you out for more copycat recipes.

      • Stephanie

        I am glad you liked it!

  12. DeAnn

    Thanks for all your recipes. This looks good.


  13. Jessica

    Do you have any more Luby’s recipes. i.e. Baked Corn.


  14. 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!!


    • Stephanie

      Oh man, that couldn’t have been good. Good to know that too much white fish can be bad for you.


    • 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.



  15. 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.


  16. 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!


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


    • Stephanie

      I have added lemon zest to this instead of lemon pepper and I like it better. The flavor is more natural.


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