Clay Pot Haddock with a TwistCourse: DinnerDifficulty: Easy
Fish is a nice change of pace every once in a while. I am not a huge fan of fish unless it is fresh caught but the addition of a makeshift tartar sauce that is spread over the fish adds flavour and helps keep it moist as it bakes. The addition of the buttery bread crumbs with paprika adds crunch to the dish as well.
1 1/2 lb haddock fillets
1/2 tsp ground mustard
salt to taste
1/2 tsp thyme
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tbsp minced onion
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp of chopped parsley or cilantro
- Soak clay pot for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towel.
- Arrange in clay pot.
- In a small bowl whisk together all other ingredients except bread crumbs and paprika.
- Spread over fish and bake for 20 minutes.
- Melt 2 1/2 tbsp butter in microwave or in pot.
- Mix paprika with bread crumbs.
- Drizzle butter over bread crumbs and gently stir to coat crumbs in melted butter.
- Remove fish from oven.
- Remove clay pot lid, sprinkle buttery bread crumbs over fish and return to oven.
- Turn off heat and turn on broiler to low if settings allow.
- Place clay pot in oven without lid.
- Broil for 5 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
- Keep an eye on your dish as bread crumbs will burn quickly under the broiler.
- Remove from pot, sprinkle parsley or cilantro over the top and serve with your favourite side dish of vegetables.
- Fish should have firm elastic flesh and NO smell. Always refrigerate fish until ready to use or if fish is fresh clean and freeze immediately if not using right away.
- Haddock and cod work great for this dish although any firm fish will be delicious.
- If you do not have a clay pot any earthenware or baking dish will do. If your dish has no lid cover with tin foil to keep the steam inside while baking.