three pan fried pieces of haddock in a white plate with lemon wedges and parsley
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Pan Fried Haddock

Cooking perfectly seared pan fried haddock every time is easy! This simple step-by-step guide will help you cook light, crispy fish, perfect for a quick lunch or supper meal.
Course Fish Entree
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword how do you know when haddock is cooked?, how do you pan fry haddock?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1186.5kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller


  • 2 lbs Fresh haddock
  • 2 tbsp oil or clarified butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Optional Seasonings

  • seasonings such as Blackening spice or Old Bay Seasoning


  • Remove the fillets of haddock from the fridge, and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together one cup of all purpose flour, and seasonings. My go to spice mixture is 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  • Place the haddock fillets directly in the flour mixture and coat liberally.
  • Heat oil or clarified butter in a pan on the stove over medium high heat. Allow the oil to heat up and become 'slick' looking.
  • Add the seasoned fish fillet to the hot oil, making sure to first shake off any excess flour first. The fish should start to sizzle as soon as it touches the pan. Do not attempt to shake or move the fish once it is in the hot pan.
  • Let the fish fry in the pan without moving it until you start to see the edges brown. If you let the oil heat up properly in step 3 before adding the fish, the fillet will 'release' from the pan once it has sufficiently been seared. Use a metal spatula to gently lift an edge of the fried haddock to test if it lets go of the pan.
  • When the fish can be easily lifted, flip the fillet by turning it over onto a 'new section' of the hot frying pan, making sure there is hot oil underneath it. Repeat step 5.
  • Once the haddock has been fried on both sides and is golden brown, remove the fish from the pan and serve it immediately