Pan Seared Haddock.
I recently made a delicious and quick Pan Seared Haddock with a Spiced Orange Sauce for dinner. In essence, Haddock is a mild sweet tasting fish with a thinner and more delicate texture than Cod. It will cook through quickly and is certainly ideal for pan searing. The easy to make sauce, is a balance of citrusy sweetness with just a touch of heat. Additionally, the amount of spice can be adjusted to your taste level.
“Resist the urge to flip the fish filet too soon.”
When cooking pan seared haddock filet, generally speaking, it is best to use an oil with a high smoking point. I prefer using an avocado oil for this dish, but you can use any high smoking point oil such as canola, peanut or sesame oil. Using a high heat oil, for this reason, can be a key part in keeping your fish from sticking. That, along with patting the filet dry and not flipping it too soon.
You will need:
- 4 pieces – Haddock Filet
- A spice blend of Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika, dried Basil & Salt
- 1 tbsp. Avocado Oil
- 3/4 cup Orange Juice
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- 1/8 tsp. Red Pepper Chili Flakes
and 1 tbsp Butter for finishing.
Cook the fish:
At first, start by patting the haddock dry with a paper towel and seasoning both sides with spice blend. Next, in a medium non-stick pan, heat oil on medium high. Follow by adding the haddock filet and cooking 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Transfer cooked Haddock to a plate, leaving browned bits in pan.
Make the sauce:
Start with combining orange juice, honey and chili flakes. Next, add mixture to pan and cook on medium heat.
Now, remember those browned, crispy and caramelized bits? Did you know that is surely where all the flavor is at? Make sure you scrape ’em up! That is going to make your sauce taste especially amazing!
Finally, allow the sauce to simmer and slightly reduce. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
Drizzle over cooked fish and serve with steamed rice and veggies.
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