Grilled Haddock with Fruity Mache Rosette Salad

grilled haddock
They say haddock is the ‘poor man’s halibut’ but I don’t agree with that at all. With the average price of halibut going for about $20/pound, I wanted to compare the two on the grill.  I’m a big fan of halibut but it’s hard to enjoy my dinner at that price.
If you’ve noticed, the restaurants tend to agree.  You won’t see halibut on the menus as frequently as you once did and finding fresh halibut in the grocery store is not always easy.  My grocery store,(which is the biggest chain in Canada), had neither fresh nor frozen halibut this week.
 Haddock is a very popular fish and can be fried, baked, seared, grilled, smoked and basically stands up to whatever you want to do to it.  Along with cod, it’s one of England’s favourite to use with fish and chips.  Although those are delicious, I think a simple grilling is a good way to keep the calories down and enjoy the natural flavours.  Having said that, this recipe could also be used to sear or bake the fish.
grilled haddock
I did a simple rub of garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, a wee bit of cinnamon and here’s the kicker – Cajun seasoning .  As I’ve said before, I like some heat in my food and this really moved it up a notch.
Rub the seasonings into the fish but don’t manhandle it.  Fish are fickle and if you’re too rough with them, they’ll turn rubbery.  The same goes for the cooking process – don’t mess with it too much.  Let the heat of the grill/oven/pan do the work and turn it over just once.  It’s quick and easy – about 4 minutes per side on the grill/pan and in the oven it will take between 12 and 16 minutes at 400F.
grilled haddock

To accompany the fish, I put together a fun little fruity salad using mache rosettes (just a fancy word for microgreens).  The dressing is a simple blend of lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.  I added some basil and mint leaves to the mix and I loved the extra bite of flavour they provided.

If you’re not already including this on your family’s menu, I recommend giving it a try.  The fish was flaky, moist and just as tasty as halibut.  This is no ‘poor man’s’ meal – it was a mouthwatering treat for the senses.

grilled haddock

Grilled Haddock with Fruity Mache Rosette Salad
Author: Robyn
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
  • kiwi, peeled and diced
  • •1/4 English cucumber, diced
  • • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • •3 cups fresh strawberries, halved through the stem and thinly sliced
  • •Juice 1/2 lemon
  • •1 tbsp olive oil
  • •Pinch each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, plus additional to taste
  • •4 6-oz haddock fillets
  • •1 clove garlic, minced
  • •1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • •1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • •Olive oil cooking spray
  • •1/3 loosely packed cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • •1/3 loosely packed cup torn fresh mint leaves
  • •6 cups assorted microgreens
  1. In a large bowl, combine kiwi, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries, lemon juice, oil, salt and black pepper, to taste. Cover and set aside.
  2. Season haddock on all sides with lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne and pinch each salt and black pepper, gently rubbing spices into fish. Heat your grill or skillet to medium-high and mist with cooking spray. Add haddock and cook, turning once, for 4 minutes per side, just until flaky and opaque throughout. (Oven method: 12 – 16 min at 400F) Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  3. Add basil and mint to kiwi mixture and toss to combine. To serve, divide microgreens among serving plates. Top with haddock and kiwi mixture, dividing evenly.
Calories: 312 Fat: 8 Saturated fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 21 Sodium: 180 Protein: 39 Cholesterol: 54
grilled haddock


  • Reply
    Barbara F.
    July 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    What gorgeous photos of beautifully prepared food….I could dig my fork right into this plate. Mmmmm xo

    • Reply
      July 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Barbara, I’m having so much fun with my new camera! I’m enjoying your pins on Pinterest too.

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    Mindy Whipple
    July 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This fish sounds really good and I appreciate you keeping a budget in mind and your photos look great friend! I just bought a packet of microgreen seeds to start. I have been growing sprouts on the counter and wanted to give these a try also. Your look so good with the fruit!

    • Reply
      July 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Minday, I think we all have to keep a budget in mind these days, I really dislike wasting food of any kind. What kind of sprouts are your growing?

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    July 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Oh this looks so delicious! I would love to make this for supper! Your recipes are always so yummy looking 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs to you,

    • Reply
      July 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Stephanie. Always nice to have you visit.

      Hugs xoxo

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    Jane Gleason
    July 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Love the photography. I have been a real halibut fan and not tried haddock, but I will now. Thanks for all the great tips and adding spinach fruit salad. XOXO Jane

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    July 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Thanks, Jay. I hadn’t tried haddock either until recently and I was surprised at how moist and flaky it can be. Yesterday I was in the grocery store and finally saw fresh halibut (although I use the term ‘fresh’ loosely) and it was $24/lb. Crazy!

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