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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.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. baked with herbed panko, you get that nice crunch without the fried-food guilt. I love how well panko works here–better than breadcrumbs, really.

  2. Now don’t those look nice and fresh? Really tasty-looking!

  3. Crumbly crusty topping on poached fish is the very best isn’t it Faith, I love it that way too :)

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Faith, your fish looks delicious, love the idea of topping with panko and herbs. Healthy and so tasty.
    Have a wonderful week :-)

  7. This sounds like a really delicious way to prepare fish. I sooo need to start eating more fish!

  8. 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!

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Just like you I too am always looking for new fish recipes :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. I love using panko to bread baked meats b/c it gives it such a great crunch without frying! This is brilliant, Faith! My mouth is watering.

  13. 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.

  14. Panko-crusted anything is a winner. I use it all the time for fish and chicken. Just adds such lovely, crunch-a-liciousness.

  15. Wonderfully simple delicious recipe for fish fillets, I will be trying your recipe, thanks Faith;-)

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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. :-)

  19. What a great way to prepare fish. It looks so crispy and full of flavor!

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. We love fish in my house and I’m always looking for new preparation methods. Looks perfect, Faith…can’t wait to try it!

  23. I’ve never had poached fish before but this version looks delicious!

  24. Mmmmmmmm I love fish, this sounds wonderful. Diane

  25. This is a very traditional New England dish that you’ve improved with some real flavor. Great idea.

  26. 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,

  27. 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

  28. That fish sounds fantastic,Faith! I love fish and this is a wonderful recipe.

  29. 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! :)

  30. Dee in DE says:

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

  31. This is one of my favorite preparations for fish, nice and tender with a flavorful crust on top! Well done :)

  32. 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.


  33. 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.

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