I don’t think this is quite normal, but as a kid I can remember always looking forward to eating a dinner of smelts at my grandparents’ house on Sunday night. Memere would be fussing in the kitchen, standing watch over a pan of tiny fish that had been coated in white flour and then fried into thin, buttery bites. If we were lucky, she’d pan fry some potatoes and onions on the side, too.
I was in love with the fish. Or maybe I was in love with being served dinner by Memere on some Sunday evening. Whatever the reason, I still find myself looking forward to any dinner that involves fish. Be it trout, cod, tilapia, salmon or sardines.
I love fish.
Did you know that the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating at least 8 oz. of fish a week? This can come easily, in the form of a tuna fish sandwich. Or, if you’re brave, a chopped sardine salad (it really is delicious, by the way.)
Of course, considering how quick and simple it is to make most fish in general anyways, you may find it to be the perfect weeknight dinner.
Baked Haddock with Crumbs + Steamed Asparagus with Lemon + Brown Rice
A Healthy 30 Minute Dinner
This is one of my most favorite weeknight meals. It’s not always easy to find simple dinners that are both healthy and delicious. This one fits the bill just fine.
I love fish.
Baked Haddock with Crumbs
For the breadcrumbs, I usually just make my own with a loaf of Ezekiel sandwich bread. About one medium slice of bread equals 1/4 cup of dry breadcrumbs, so this recipe would require you to pull out 4 slices. Simply chop into small bits, toss on a baking sheet, and heat in a 350 degree oven. Check it every 3 minutes or so, cooking until dry but not overdone. Grind in a blender or food processor to the consistency of breadcrumbs (optional: add italian seasoning and freshly grated Parmesan.)
I highly recommend squeezing some fresh lemon juice on top of the fillets right before serving, as this really does enhance all the flavors. ENJOY!
- 2 lb. haddock fillets
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 tsp. sage or italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix bread crumbs and spices in a bowls. Beat egg in small bowl; add milk in another small bowl. Spray a square casserole dish well.
- Dip each piece of fish in milk, then egg, then coat well with bread crumbs. Place breaded fish pieces in casserole dish; sprinkle with lemon juice and dot with butter if desired. Bake 30 minutes or until fish flakes easily. ENJOY!
Question: Fish…yay or nay? And what kinds do you prefer? How do you usually prepare it?