Gluten Free Baked Haddock with Butter and Cracker Crumbs
I grew up in a Catholic Italian family during the 1960’s. The church was a central part of the community, and like all good Catholics we abstained from eating meat on Friday as an act of penance. Back then that meant that seafood was the star of the dinner table!
My mother’s answer to the weekly fish dinner was the New England classic of Haddock, Cod or some white fish slathered with butter and Ritz cracker crumbs. Fast, easy and family friendly.
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Sometimes it’s the little things that you miss on the gluten free diet, and for me this meal has been one of them. I tried using breadcrumbs, crushed cereal etc. but it was not the same. So, I started experimenting with different gluten free crackers. For a while, Lance crackers were my go-to, but they have been impossible to find since the pandemic. I have since been using Schar Entertainment Crackers and they are a good alternative.
- 1 lb. haddock (substitute cod or other flaky white fish)
- ¼ cup cracker crumbs (about 10 crackers)
- 1 tbsp. butter
- Old Bay seasoning
- Cooking spray
- Fresh chives, for garnish
Line a baking pan with foil and mist with cooking spray. Rinse the fish, pat it dry and arrange on the baking pan so that pieces don’t touch.
Mist with cooking spray and sprinkle the tops with Old Bay.
Pulse the crackers in an electric chopper or place them in a bag and pound into crumbs. Spread the crumbs evenly over the fish. Cut the butter into small pieces and dot the top of the fish.
It doesn’t get any easier! Bake at 350◦ for 30 minutes. Garnish with chives and serve.
Notes ♪♫ If you’re missing Ritz Crackers try Schar Entertainment Crackers, which I have used in this recipe. They are a good substitute for recipes that call for Ritz cracker crumbs.