Boston Baked Haddock

Boston Baked Haddock
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Dense and flaky, haddock is a delicious and healthy fish that lends well to light seasoning. In this recipe, adapted from The Norman Rockwell Illustrated Cookbook, Haddock is seasoned with lemon juice and sautéed onions and sprinkled with bacon bits and breadcrumbs. Parsley and pepper are also added to give the fish some zest and a refreshing bite. The fish is baked in the oven and the result is a succulent dish with a savory and tangy flavor that is simply mouthwatering and irresistible.

Use skinned haddock fillets to make this recipe. An ocean fish that lives in the Atlantic, haddock has a natural salty flavor so you don’t need to add salt. Besides, the bacon already adds saltiness to the fish and goes a long way to making it even more delicious. Boston Baked Haddock is quite a nutritious and healthy dish.

Haddock is a good source of phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine’s, iron, niacin, vitamins A, B6 and B12. It also contains a significant amount of protein.

Often mistaken or interchanged for cod, the haddock is slightly smaller and has a black spot on both sides of its head. Its size ranges from 38 to 62 centimeters and can weigh from 900 grams up to 18 kilograms. The cooking time of the haddock fillets will depend on their size. The meat of the haddock is quite lean and very easy to digest. Its flesh is flaky and white with a taste similar to cod but is more refined. Its delicate flesh crumbles easily so be sure not to cook for too long.

You can buy either fresh or frozen haddock fillets in the market. If you are using frozen fillets, thaw them first in the refrigerator for a few hours before using to make this recipe. Rinse them and pat them dry thoroughly before seasoning them with the spices and herbs.


10-15 min

30 min

Difficulty Level



  • 2 lbs. skinned haddock fillets

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 6 slices of bacon

  • ½ cup soft bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced onion

  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat

Preparation Instructions


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 x 8 x 2 in. baking dish.


Place the fish fillets in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Fry the bacon in a skillet.


Remove, and allow it to drain on paper towels. Crumble the bacon into a bowl and add bread crumbs and parsley. Cook the onion in the bacon fat until soft.


Lay the onions over the fish. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the fish. Bake until the fish flakes with a fork, about 25 to 30 minutes.