Grilled Whole Haddock Stuffed with Lemon and Herbs

June  7, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

We recently joined a CSF (Community Supported Fishery) and decided to just simply stuff the whole haddock that we'd received with thyme and lemon, and throw it on the grill. It came out light and flavorful. - athoughtforfood —athoughtforfood

Test Kitchen Notes

If you can get your hands on a whole haddock (probably any whole white fish, actually), this is a lovely, summery way of preparing it. The herb and lemon flavors lightly suffuse the fish flesh, which also picks up just a hint of grill smokiness through the skin. Next time I might use a whole lemon, as the brightness of that flavor was so refreshing with the mild fish. I never manage to get the full fillet off the bones, but with a whole fish, picking bones out is just part of the fun! - fiveandspice —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 5-6 pounds Haddock, Whole gutted and cleaned
  • 1/2 Lemon, sliced into circles
  • Fresh herbs, thyme, parsley
  • Green onion (tops only), chopped
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  1. Turn the grill on high heat. Meanwhile, lay the fish on a large tray or cutting board, and coat both sides of the fish with oil. Sprinkle generous amounts of salt and pepper on both sides. Stuff the cavity of the fish with the lemon, herbs, and green onion.
  2. Take the fish off the tray and place directly on grill and cook (roughly 10 minutes per inch), making sure to flip half way through the process. When done, transfer to a clean tray or board and remove the head. Move the body of the fish to serving platter.
  3. Remove the layer of skin on top. Using a serving spoon or metal spatula, find the top layer of bones, and serve the meat that lays above that. At this point, you should be able to remove the bones from the whole fish, leaving just the remaining meat on the platter.

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fiveandspice June 18, 2010
I'm excited to try this recipe! Are you doing the Cape Ann fishery CSF? I was involved with that for a while, but just couldn't keep up with the amount of fish I wound up with (well, and I struggled to find time to gut and fillet fish in the middle of Tuesday afternoon!), but I just love that it exists. Also, your photos are lovely!