A spatula lifting a serving of New England baked haddock.

New England Baked Haddock

It’s all in the crumb for this New England Baked Haddock. A simple and delicious dish with little prep and lots of buttery crumb that's done in 30 minutes and uses 5 ingredients. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or elegant meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Haddock, New England Baked Haddock
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Natalie


  • 2 pounds haddock fillets skinless
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • sleeves Ritz crackers (about 48 crackers)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons of butter melted


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Butter a baking dish with a tablespoon of the melted butter. You can eyeball it.
  • Place haddock fillets in a casserole or baking dish. Fold over the thinner end of the fish under itself to even out the thickness of the fish.
  • Sprinkle fillets with a little kosher salt and some pepper. I don’t mind the black specks of pepper, but if you don’t want to add pepper, it’s fine.
  • Crush the Ritz crackers. I place them in a zip top bag and roll them with a rolling pin or pound them gently with my fist. Transfer crumbs into a bowl and stir in the paprika. Stir in the lemon juice and melted butter.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the haddock and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the fish flakes and pulls apart easily with a fork.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Buy the freshest haddock you can preferably from a fish market. You know when you have good fresh haddock because the fish won't be swimming in water after it's baked. It turns the crumbs from buttery and golden to mush.