Baked Fish with Crumb Topping

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Since Mike and I eat fish a couple times a week (and because I’m usually not that adventurous with it…most of the time I make it the same way – poached!), I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it.  My inspiration for this meal was ordinary breaded and baked fish…but in the end this fish dish turned out to be anything but ordinary.  The onion, garlic, and herbs lend so much flavor, and the Panko breadcrumbs make a nice crunchy topping.  We both loved it, and it’s definitely a meal that will be repeated in our house.

Baked Fish with Crumb Topping

(Yield:  2-4 servings)

2 large (about 12 oz each) haddock fillets (or any fish you like)

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a little more to grease the baking sheet

1 small onion, finely diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

6 tablespoons breadcrumbs (I used Panko but regular breadcrumbs also work fine)

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) thyme (I think dill would be a great substitution if you don’t have thyme)

3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley, divided

Salt and pepper

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Fresh lemon, for serving

Preheat oven to 400F; line a baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper and brush a light coating of olive oil on the silpat or parchment. 

In a small skillet, heat olive oil over low heat; add onion and garlic and sauté until tender and just starting to brown (about 5-7 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Add breadcrumbs and sauté until light golden brown (about 1-2 minutes), stirring frequently.  Turn off heat and stir in thyme, 2 tablespoons parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Pat the fish dry and lay it (skin side down) on the prepared baking sheet; drizzle 1 teaspoon of lemon juice on each fillet.  Top with the breadcrumb mixture and bake until the fish is fully cooked (it will become opaque and flake easily with a fork when it’s done), about 15-25 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon parsley on top and serve with fresh lemon to squeeze on top.

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  1. says

    I’m a fish-poacher too, Faith. But usually only with salmon. And I use orange juice a a little red wine in my poaching liquid. Next time I have whitefish, I’ll try your coating. This is simple to do and sounds delish.

  2. says

    Looks delish!

    Hey … if you want to get adventurous without too much of a risk … google the America’s Test Kitchen method of baking fish. Basically you sprinkle some sugar on the fish, then pan sear it for just a minute, flip, then finish in the oven.


  3. Dee in DE says

    We love fish and are always look for different recipes to try. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    Delicious, Faith! Like you, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare fish (I’m not all that adventurous!). I’ll definitely have to try your flavorful baked fish. Especially with garlic and herbs and Panko (which I think is so much better than regular store-bought breadcrumbs and has the ability to transform any dish) – mmmm! :)

  5. says

    I always bake my fish…the dame way usually, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and what ever herb/spice I feel like. I get the boring factor. This one really looks great and healthy with a flavor packed crunch. Thanks for sharing

  6. says

    I had no plans for supper…this dish could very possibly be on my supper plans this evening with maybe some roasted sweet potatoes on the side ;o) Buon appetito. Thanks Faith for the inspiration.

    Ciao for now,

  7. says

    looks gorgeous! I am not a fish fan…but Josh is! And I bet he would love this. I try to make him fish every once in a while- will put it on the list. Hope you’re having a good Monday

  8. says

    It’s funny how you get into a fish rut. I’m griller, who is always looking for a new recipe to get me out of the rut.So thanks!
    Congratulation on you new cookbook, I can’t wait to see it.

  9. says

    Mmm, mmm! That DOES look good, Faith. And so simple too. :-) I have tilapia in the freezer waiting to be baked AND panko bread crumbs. :-)

  10. says

    Faith, that fish looks amazing! We are huge fish eaters in this family as well; my boys love it. I already know they would gobble this up no questions asked. Nice work!

  11. says

    This looks and sounds delicious. I’m in the market for fish recipes these days. I love that it is so easy to do. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. says

    I make something similar but I can’t use the bread crumbs. I have used instant mashed potato crumbs, ground chips, chopped nuts and corn meal. It may not be the same but it is good. Yours looks like I could reach through the screen and dig a fork into it.

  13. says

    Hubby and I eat fish quite often also. We usually steam ours or pan fry it. I love your version. The herbs must give the fish fantastic taste and the bread crumbs add the perfect crunch and texture contrast. I need to try this some time.

  14. says

    Its sooo good u’ll eat fish often , we do too at home but not me so muc :-(
    Stick to the shrimps and other shell fish , lol!
    But i have to try this one , it reminds me a crumble or struessel toppn which always has me donuts :-)
    and u alwys come up with suc delicious ways to eat healthy , honestly , u go gurl!!
    Wish i could be ur taster tester :-))
    Thannxx abunch for all ur love too and ur suc a sweety heart and a very dear fren!
    Wonderful week ahead with the warmest poohy hugs and sunshine smiles and chocolate fairies!

  15. says

    This looks AMAZING! I got a pot of thyme from Whole foods along with couple of other herbs & given the fact that I love fish, I have to try this recipe now.Love such simple & yum recipes.Best part- its baked!! I m in love with that crisp looking crust!

  16. says

    I’m always looking for new ways to prepare fish and this does sound wonderful. I love the panko crumbs and herbs. I will try this soon!

  17. says

    I never poach fish, I always pan-fry them! That is my quick no-fail way to cook fish. I’ve tried baking them before too, but never with a delicious topping like that. It really looks so good!

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