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Haddock with Bacon and Onions

Haddock with Bacon and Onions


  • 2 pounds haddock filet, cut into 4 8-ounce portions

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice – about 1/4 lemon

  • Salt

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling

  • 1 tablespoon softened butter

  • 6 slices smoky bacon, chopped

  • 8 cippolini, small Italian flat-shaped sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced--

  • A medium yellow onion, quartered then thinly sliced may be substituted, but cippolini are widely available, so check for them in the local market.

  • 1large clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped

  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse fish and pat dry. Sprinkle fish with lemon juice and salt. Coat an oven-safe handled large skillet with a drizzle of EVOO and a little softened butter. If your skillets all have rubber handles, coat handle twice with tin foil and it should be fine in the oven.

Set portioned fish into skillet. Heat a small skillet over medium high heat. Add a drizzle of EVOO and the bacon. Render the fat in the bacon 3 minutes then add onions. Sweeten and soften onions and garlic 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Add bread crumbs to the pan and turn them to coat them in drippings. Add parsley and capers combine. Top fish with coating of onions, bacon and bread crumbs. Bake 15 minutes. Transfer fish to dinner plates and top with chopped tomato.