Perfect after a long day of fishing, this Bread Fish Bake uses stale bread and delicate seasonings to cook any white fish in a Dutch oven. A layer of seasoned breadcrumbs is pressed into the bottom of the Dutch oven, then fresh fish and more breadcrumbs are placed on top. It is all drizzled with olive oil and then baked until cooked through.
The mild seasonings of parsley and garlic are there to complement rather than overpower the delicate flavor of a white fish. These flavors and the cooking style are influenced by a dish in Italy known as Fish Grate’ or Gratinato. You can use other fresh herbs, like oregano, marjoram, basil, or chives.
Stale bread is a common problem camping after a day or so, making this dish a useful recipe. Rather than throwing the bread away, repurpose it in this satisfying meal. The dish is even more satisfying if you caught the fish yourself.
Dutch Oven Bread Fish Bake Recipe
- 5 cups stale bread
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 sprigs curly parsley finely chopped
- 2 pounds white fish
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- large bowl
- 12 inch Dutch oven
- Break the stale bread down into small pieces and place it in a bowl.
- Add to the bread the garlic and parsley, then mix until well combined.
- In a Dutch oven preheated to about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C), add half the bread mixture and flatten.
- Place the fish on top of the bread then season with salt and pepper.
- Place the remaining bread mixture on the top of the fish.
- Drizzle with the olive oil and add small cubes of butter across the top of the bread mixture.
- Return the Dutch oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and cook for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes check that the fish is cooked through and flaking. If cooked serve, if not return to cook until done.