Delightful Baked Haddock with Pancetta and Tomato Topping

There’s something inherently comforting about the aroma of a sizzling skillet, the mingling of savory flavors, and the anticipation of a dish that marries simplicity with delightful taste. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that ticks all those boxes – Baked Haddock with a Pancetta and Tomato Crust.

Picture this: tender haddock fillets, adorned with a flavorful medley of pancetta, onions, garlic, and a satisfying crunch of panko crumbs. Topped with juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh dill, it’s a symphony of tastes and textures that come together effortlessly.

The magic begins with finely diced pancetta, sautéed until it yields its golden fat, mingling with the sweetness of thinly sliced onions and the subtle kick of minced garlic. As these ingredients dance in the skillet, they form a fragrant base that sets the stage for the star of the show: the haddock fillets.

After patting the fillets dry to ensure a perfect canvas for flavor, they are laid out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Enter the show stopping mixture of pancetta, onions, garlic, and the delightful duo of panko crumbs and chopped cherry tomatoes, bound together with the freshness of dill. This flavorful medley crowns the haddock, tantalizing the senses even before it enters the oven.

A drizzle of lime juice adds a zesty kick, infusing the dish with a burst of brightness that elevates each bite. Into the oven it goes, where in a mere 15 minutes, the haddock emerges perfectly cooked, flaking easily at the touch of a fork.

The result? A symphony of flavors and textures that captivate the palate. The haddock, tender and moist, harmonizes with the crispy, savory crust, creating a culinary masterpiece that’s as delightful on the taste buds as it is easy on the eyes.

Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just venturing into the kitchen, this Baked Haddock with Pancetta Crust is a surefire way to impress. It’s a dish that effortlessly blends simplicity with sophistication, offering a tantalizing experience for your taste buds. So, gather your ingredients, preheat that oven, and prepare for a culinary journey that’s both satisfying and utterly delicious.

A very generous thank you to  Logan’s Daily Catch for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.

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Pancetta and Tomato Crusted Haddock

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup pancetta finely diced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 4 haddock fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Add the pancetta to a skillet and cook until it begins to render its fat, add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and beginning to turn golden.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat ands stir in the panko, tomatoes and dill. Set aside.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Pat the haddock fillets dry, removing all excess moisture and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Top with the bred crumb mixture and drizzle with the olive oil and  lime juice, season with the  salt.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.
  • Category: entree, seafood, fish, recipes