Tasty Haddock Sandwiches…A Year Round Gloucester Treat!



This highly sought after fish sandwich is prepared many different ways in hundreds of restaurants throughout New England.  Each have their own recipe twist with batter’s, buns and tartar sauces.   Here in Gloucester just about every restaurant keeps it on their menus year round, and it’s commonly served in the homes of the Sicilian community year round too.   As a Sicilian cook over the years I consistently receive dozens of requests for my Fried Haddock Recipe each time I post fried fish photos on my Facebook, or Tweeter feeds, and yesterday was no exception. While my boys were out shoveling the snow mother nature kindly delivered to our area late Sunday night, I stayed in the kitchen  to  fixing them this fried fish and chip lunch and posted a snapshot on my Facebook.   For the recipe click see more…

Fried Haddock Sandwiches


2 skinless fillets fresh Haddock; cut into thirds

1 cup flour

1  teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 ½  cups Sicilian style breadcrumbs (recipe on page #201 in my cookbook, ” Gifts OF Gold”)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup whole milk

4 cups La Spagnola Oil

3 Virgilio’s St. Joseph Rolls (or semi soft roll of your choice)

1 head Boston bibb lettuce

9 slices Campari tomatoes

Tartar Sauce (I prefer homemade)



1 whisk egg and milk together in glass pie plate; reserve egg bath


2 mound flour on clean work surface; season with salt and pepper; mix well

3 mound Sicilian Style Breadcrumbs in separate pile on clean work surface


4 dredge each cut of fish in seasoned flour; reserve


5 working with one piece of fish at a time dip fish in egg bath coding all sides; then immediately into Sicilian style breadcrumbs; coat all sides; repeat with remaining pieces of fish


IMG_25276 heat oil in large frying pan over high heat setting; working in small batches of 3-5 fillets and using kitchen tongs place breaded fillets into hot oil; fry 2-3 minutes per side until golden and crisp; cool on wire rack lined cookie sheet




7 cut St. Joseph’s rolls in half; spread 1 tablespoon tartar sauce onto each half; arrange 1 lettuce leaf onto each half


8 place 2 pieces fish onto each  bottom half top with 3 tomato slices and 1 teaspoon tartar sauce; fix top halves onto prepared bottoms; serve with French fries or potato chips



Note~ makes 3

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8 Responses to Tasty Haddock Sandwiches…A Year Round Gloucester Treat!

  1. Ohohoho ~ you did it! I asked for the fried fish lesson on your haddock chowder posting and today ~ A fried fish lesson ;). Thank you! My mother never fried a fish ~ my nephew fries a great lightly breaded fish ~ but this is what I’ve been waiting for! What a day ~ I found ingredients for Kim’s hot chocolate in the fridge, my video cassette copy of the tv show “Spencer”, FOB Leslie is having a grandbaby, I have a date for dinner tonight and a grand plan for your fried fish dinner on Saturday night! Thanks Felicia!

  2. Joey C says:

    The haddock sandwich looks good but those fries are callin me!

  3. Sarah says:

    Curious for the tartar sauce recipe too? Thank you

  4. Patti Amaral says:

    Wonderful when can I come and pick it up, around noon.

  5. Dave Moore says:

    Fish and fries (Chips) UK- haddock :-)This is a staple that way for sure and the everything from scratch WOW! :-) Thanks Dave

  6. Dogman says:

    Great recipe; Joey: maybe you could do a haddock sandwich competition among Cape Ann restaurants like you did with the other foods you secret shopped?

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