Haddock in tomato basil sauce

Haddock in tomato basil sauce

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(36 ratings)

Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
A deliciously simple and low fat fish dinner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal212
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.5g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 small aubergine, about 250g/9oz, roughly chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • ½ tsp ground paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tsp dark or light muscovado sugar
  • 8 large basil leaves, plus a few extra for sprinkling
  • 4 4x175g/6oz firm skinless white fish fillets, such as haddock


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and stirfry the onion and aubergine. After about 4 minutes the vegetables will start to turn golden but won’t be soft yet, so cover with a lid and let the vegetables steam-fry in their own juices for 6 minutes – this helps them to soften without needing to add any extra oil.

  2. Stir in the paprika, garlic, tomatoes and sugar with 1⁄2 tsp salt and cook for another 8-10 minutes, stirring, until onion and aubergine are tender.

  3. Scatter in the basil leaves then nestle the fish in the sauce, cover the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until the fish flakes when tested with a knife and the flesh is firm but still moist. Tear over the rest of the basil and serve with a salad and crusty bread.

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18th Jan, 2020
I added tarragon and coriander to the tomato / aubergine mix, and my wife absolutely loved it.
2nd Jul, 2019
Had to substitute aubergine for butternut, very tasty indeed and enjoyed by the whole fam. We had it with home made oven chips as was fri night :o)
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Alan Macdonald
27th Sep, 2018
Have now made this twice and is fast becoming a dinner favourite. Add some bertolli beans 1st time and 2nd time topped added some crispy bacon and chorizo to sauce before serving.
11th Oct, 2017
Nice, easy recipe. I followed the recipe with the addition of more tomatoes, vegetable stock and some chilli (after reading the comments about it being bland). I thought the sauce was very tasty. Covering the pan while cooking the fish means it's gently cooked and so the fish becomes nice and soft and flakey. Recommend for an easy healthy midweek dinner.
25th Nov, 2016
I added some courgette with the aubergine and some fresh cherry tomatoes with the canned ones. Very easy but lovely and tasty.
15th Oct, 2015
I usually trust recipes from this site but my husband and I both found this to be bland and very disappointing. I had high hopes for this but it was lacking any real flavour. You would need to double up the tomatoes and add some tomato purée to make it saucy but I am not convinced even that would save it.
Frantic Flapjack
28th Aug, 2014
Really good. The sauce is lovely although not really enough. If I made again I would double up the tomatoes to stretch it.
22nd Jul, 2014
A very tasty dish! I used 2 x 400g cartons of tomatoes with added chilli for the 4 fillets and substituted diced pepper for the aubergine. 1 teaspoon of sugar was enough, even though I used extra tomatoes.Thank you good food, I will try this one again!
18th Sep, 2013
Just made (& eaten) this using glut of tomatoes from the garden. Didn't have aubergine, used sliced courgette instead (yellow and green ones, once again from garden). Used frozen cod slabs. It's delicious.
25th Sep, 2012
Just made this very bland. Most recipes I use from this website I give 5* but I'm afraid this did not do it for us.. Was really looking forward to this meal but it was very tasteless.


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