Even though the calendar still shows spring, summer seems to have descended upon Toronto. And with summer weather, many of us feel a need to transition to summer cooking. Fish makes a great meal for summer since it is light enough to digest, which means your body isn’t working hard to digest and keeps you cooler. It’s also high in protein, is a good source of Vitamin B6 and B12, while being low in saturated fats. Read further to find out how to make Chia Seed Crusted Haddock.
If you enjoy the flavour of fish, you don’t want to mask it with sauces or cheese. But providing a coating, such as the Chia Seed crust, keeps the fish moist while it cooks. Although haddock does contain beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, other fish such as salmon contain a higher amount. By adding Chia seeds to the Chia Seed Crusted Haddock recipe, you are increasing the Omega 3 content of this dish since Chia seeds are high in Omega 3. In addition, Chia seeds are high in antioxidants and very high in fibre. Chia seeds are 14% protein, which is a very high protein content compared to other plant foods.
Quite frankly, I wasn’t sure how the Chia Seed Crust would taste since I adapted this recipe from a Hemp Seed Crust Fish recipe. Because I couldn’t find hemp seeds at my local grocery store and had a full package of Chia seeds at home, I decided to substitute the seeds. I’m happy to report that the Chia Seed Crust is delicious. The seeds are mixed with bread crumbs and fresh cilantro, but they provide amazing flavour and a bit of crunch to complement the soft texture of the haddock. The best feature of the Chia Seed Crusted Haddock recipe is it is so easy to prepare!
If you love fish, check out my Baked Haddock with Avocado Orange Salsa Recipe.
Please let me know in the comment section if you make Chia Seed Crusted Haddock.
Chia Seed Crusted Haddock
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup Chia seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- sea salt to taste I didn't add any salt.
- 1 large fresh haddock filet
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Combine bread crumbs, Chia seeds, cilantro, olive oil, lemon zest, pepper and salt (if using) in a bowl and mix well.
- Place haddock filet on parchment paper in baking pan and spoon bread crumb Chia seed mixture over fish.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Serve with pasta salad or green salad.