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Haddock Milanese with an Arugula Citrus Salad



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Looking for a flavorful seafood dish that’s both crispy and refreshing? Look no further than this Haddock Milanese served with an Arugula Citrus Salad. Perfect for a light lunch or elegant dinner, this fish recipe combines crispy haddock fillets with a zesty citrus salad for a burst of flavor in every bite.

Honestly, this is one of the best fish recipes, I have ever created. Thankfully, I made extra, because my husband wanted seconds! This fabulous fish dish can be on your dinner table in less than 25 minutes!

A crispy fried haddock filet topped with an arugula citrus salad sitting on a round, white plate.
Plate the crispy haddock and top with the arugula citrus salad. Garnish with cracked black pepper.

What is Milanese?

“Milanese” refers to a style of cooking or preparation that originated in Milan, Italy. In culinary terms, “Milanese” typically refers to a dish that is breaded and fried, resulting in a crispy exterior. It’s commonly used to describe dishes such as “Chicken Milanese” or “Veal Milanese,” where the meat is breaded with breadcrumbs, fried until golden brown and often served with lemon wedges, or a fresh salad.

Haddock Milanese is a variation of the traditional Milanese preparation method applied to haddock, a type of mild, white fish.

Why You Should Make this Haddock Recipe

  • Crispy and tender haddock fillets offer a delightful texture contrast.
  • The zesty citrus salad adds brightness and freshness to the dish.
  • The homemade dressing ties all the flavors together.
  • Quick and easy to prepare, perfect for busy weeknights or weekend gatherings.
  • Impressive and elegant, yet an approachable seafood dish.


The ingredients for this fish recipe feature delicate haddock, vibrant citrus fruits and peppery arugula. Here are a few suggested substitutions:

  • Haddock: Easily substitute with your favorite white fish such as cod, tilapia, flounder or sole.
  • Baby Arugula: Substitute with spinach, mixed greens or watercress, for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange: Any variety of orange will work, or try mandarins or clementines for a sweeter flavor.
  • Tangerines: Can be substituted with mandarins, clementines or even segments of regular oranges.
  • Blood Oranges: Blood oranges add another dimension of citrus flavor. If you cannot find them, easily leave out.
  • Grapefruit: Try pomelo or oranges for a milder citrus flavor. If you do not like, or cannot eat grapefruit, easily leave out of the recipe.
  • White wine vinegar: Can be replaced with apple cider vinegar or champagne vinegar for a similar tang. For this recipe, I used a Rosé wine vinegar.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: Regular breadcrumbs or crushed crackers can be used as a substitute for panko breadcrumbs.

How to Make Haddock Milanese with Arugula Citrus Salad

To ensure everything comes together seamlessly, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by preparing the dressing to allow flavors to meld while cutting citrus fruits.
  2. Bread and fry the fish, using frying time to assemble the arugula salad.
  3. Once the fish is fried, dress the salad and place atop the crispy fish fillets for presentation.

How to Serve and Store Haddock Milanese

  • Serve the Haddock Milanese immediately, topped with the Arugula Citrus Salad. Alternatively, serve the crispy haddock filet with Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower.
  • Store any leftover fish and salad separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • To reheat the fish, place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 6-8 minutes, or until heated through.

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A crispy fried haddock filet topped with an arugula citrus salad sitting on a round, white plate.

Haddock Milanese with an Arugula Citrus Salad


Haddock Milanese served with an Arugula Citrus Salad is perfect for a light lunch or elegant dinner. This fish recipe combines crispy haddock fillets with a zesty citrus salad for a burst of flavor in every bite.


  • 2, 8-10 ounce haddock fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • flaky salt, for the fish
  • cracked black pepper, for garnish

For the Arugula Citrus Salad:

  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 seedless orange
  • 1 tangerine
  • 2 to 3 small blood oranges
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Prepare the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a jar and shaking well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Slice the peel and pith off of the citrus fruits with a sharp knife, and slice them into thin rounds. Place the citrus slices in a bowl and refrigerate.
  3. Pat the haddock fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Set up dredging stations: seasoned flour, beaten eggs, and panko breadcrumbs.
  5. Dredge the fish in the flour, then dip in the beaten eggs and coat with panko breadcrumbs, pressing down to adhere.
  6. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add butter to the oil.
  7. Once the butter is melted and the oil is hot, fry the fish in batches, if needed, until golden brown and cooked through. Fish should take about 3 minutes the first side and 2 minutes after flipping to brown and fully-cook. 
  8. While the fish is frying, toss the arugula with prepared citrus slices and halved cherry tomatoes, in a bowl. Season with salt.
  9. Once the fish is cooked, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with flaky salt.
  10. Dress the salad with the prepared dressing.
  11. Plate the haddock fillets and top with the citrus salad.
  12. Garnish with cracked black pepper.
  13. ENJOY!

My New Favorite Fish Recipe! This Haddock Milanese combines crispy haddock fillets with a zesty citrus salad for a burst of flavor in every bite. Honestly, this is one of the best fish recipes, I have ever created. This fabulous haddock dish can be on your dinner table in less than 25 minutes! #fishrecipe #fish #friedfish #foodtiktok #dinnerideas #easyrecipe #cookingtiktok #howto

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  • Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing first to allow the flavors to marinate while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  • Easily use your favorite white fish (cook times will vary depending upon the thickness of the fish).
  • Regular breadcrumbs can be substituted for the panko.
  • Use your favorite citrus fruits. If you do not like, or cannot eat grapefruit, easily leave out of the recipe. 
  • Instead of peeling the fruit, slice the peel off with a knife to remove all of the pith. 
  • Dried thyme can be substituted for fresh thyme leaves. 
  • Fry the fish in batches, if needed. 
  • Salt the fish with flaky salt, immediately out of the fry.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Fish and Seafood
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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