Delicate fish, delicate dish.

I threw a party in the middle of a bargain grocery store when I found *wild-caught* haddock.  It’s one thing to find any wild-caught fish, it’s an entirely different thing when you find it in said grocery store at a price that beats any other.  This foodie is on a budget, but when something like fish can be found that hasn’t been force-fed nasty stuff, and the price is right, you grab it, and you figure out how to cook it.


Delicate Lemon Chive Haddock - Foodies Gone Real

This is a very delicate dish – delicate fish, delicate dish.  (Don’t you like my wit?) The flavors are intended be subtle, not a kick-in-the-face.  Fish – especially one that is delicate in flavor –  don’t need a bunch of stuff on top.  Lemon goes well with almost EVERY fish.

If you want to dress it up a little more, you could top every filet off with half a clove of minced garlic. But this is not for the faint of heart … you gotta either loathe vampires or love garlic for this option.


  • Haddock fish filet
  • Lemon juice (1 tbl for every two filet)
  • fresh chives
  • little bit of olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • a non-stick cookie sheet OR lined cookie sheet

Preheat your oven to 425*.

Prep your chives.

Delicate Lemon Chive Haddock - Foodies Gone Real

Place your filet on the sheet.

Note, the darkness of the pans changes how the food cooks.  You’ll the metal for mine is light in tone- that means if you’re using a dark pan, you need to keep an eye on it, don’t want it to overcook.  If you’re using a well-seasoned stone, it may cook slower than mine (stoneware cooks lighter than metal).

Top with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every two filet.  I just kind of drizzle it over.

Sprinkle the top of the filet with your fresh chives, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Delicate Lemon Chive Haddock - Foodies Gone Real

Put in the oven for 20 minutes, then check for “flaky factor”.  This means when you run a fork across the top, do the layers of meat kind of flake away from each other.  Please remember my note above on the type of cookie sheet – you know your sheets and your oven best.  If you fear that the oven runs hot OR you’re using a really dark pan, I would check it before the 20 minutes are up.

Delicate Lemon Chive Haddock - Foodies Gone Real

Now plate it. :)  I served this with tri-color sage potatoes, roasted tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella, and small side salad.

Bon appetit!

Delicate Lemon Chive Haddock - Foodies Gone Real


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