Nova Scotia Haddock Francese

Argyler Lodge Haddock Francese

In an area renowned for seafood, chefs know that they are judged by the quality of preparation of local specialties such as haddock, lobster and scallops. This dish reflects Chef Jonathan Joseph’s exacting execution and creative flare as it combines classic haddock preparation with Mediterranean flavours.


1/4 cup (60 ml) sliced almonds
4 4-oz (115 g) Nova Scotia haddock tail pieces
3 large eggs
splash heavy cream
4 tbsp (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 tbsp (45 ml) butter, divided
flour for dredging
2 garlic, finely chopped
12 grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 tbsp (45ml) capers
handful flat-leaf parsely, finely chopped
1lb (450g) fresh spinach
salt and pepper


  1. Toast almonds over moderate heat until lightly browned and reserve.
  2. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  4. Beat the eggs with cream.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil to the skillet, swirl the oil in the pan then add 2 tablespoons butter (30 ml), which has been cut into small pieces.
  6. Dredge haddock in flour and then dip the fi sh into the eggs. Make sure the fish is completely covered in the egg wash.
  7. Add fish to the pan and cook on both sides until just golden, 5 to 6 minutes in total. Transfer fish to a plate and cover with a loose foil tent to retain heat.
  8. Add chopped garlic to pan and let it come to a sizzle.
  9. Add the tomatoes, wine, lemon slices, and capers to the pan and turn up heat to medium-high.
  10. Reduce by half (approximately 2-3 minutes), then add remaining butter and parsley to the pan.
  11. Turn off heat. Stir in spinach until just wilted and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour sauce over fish and top with sliced almonds.

Serves 4

Recipe Provided by: Chef Jonathan Joseph, The Argyler Lodge and Restaurant

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