Haddock with Cheese Sauce
With a layer of freshly-cooked spinach under the poached haddock, this classic dish is a colorful one-pot meal
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The entire dish, without the breadcrumb topping, can be made a few hours ahead. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 25 minutes, then add the topping and broil until browned.
Preparation Time25 min
Preparation Time - Text25 mins
Cooking Time25 min
Cooking Time - Text25
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Taste and Texturebuttery, cheesy, creamy, rich, savory
Type of Dishcasserole
- 1½ lb (675g) skinless haddock or cod fillet, cut into 4 serving pieces
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- 2/3 cup bottled clam juice
- 9 oz (250g) fresh spinach, well washed, stemmed, and chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of grated nutmeg
- 2 tbsp butter, plus more for the dish
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar
- 1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
Bring the haddock, milk, and clam juice to a boil in a frying pan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 6–8 minutes, or until the fish is opaque.
Meanwhile, put the spinach in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, or until wilted. Season with salt, pepper, and the nutmeg. Spread the spinach in a buttered shallow ovenproof dish. Arrange the fish over the spinach, leaving the cooking liquid in the pan. Cover with aluminum foil to keep the fish warm.
Melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and let bubble for 1 minute without browning. Whisk in the poaching liquid and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking often. Stir in the Cheddar until melted, then season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the fish and spinach. Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and parsley together and sprinkle over the sauce.
Position a broiler rack about 6in (15cm) from the heat and preheat the broiler. Broil about 2 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Serve immediately.
Smoked Salmon Mornay: The dish can be made using hot smoked salmon instead, but season carefully as the fish is already salted.
2008 Dorling Kindersley