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cooking smoked haddock.

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Fennel Tue 04-Aug-20 11:33:34

We both like smoked haddock, but I don't like the smell when it's cooked. It seems to stink out the whole house for days.
I usually cook it in the microwave covered with clingfilm for a few minutes.
Is there any other way to cook it with less smell?

tanith Tue 04-Aug-20 11:47:46

Not that I’ve found Fennel although I’m very careful now and put the packaging straight into the outside bin and also rinse the plates straight away and scrape any leftovers into the outside food bin it seems to help with the smell.

MissTree Tue 04-Aug-20 11:53:19

We love it too, Fennel. I poach it. It does pong a bit but I open doors and windows afterwards and spray the air with white vinegar. And I agree with tanith about the packaging.

geekesse Tue 04-Aug-20 12:07:26

En papillote works well, especially if you use tinfoil rather than baking parchment. You get no smell until it’s cooked and you open it up.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 04-Aug-20 12:25:36

Funnily enough we had it last night with left over vegetable from a family dinner on Sunday.

Poached with an egg


Can’t say I’ve noticed the smell. Perhaps I haven’t got a very good sense of smell!!

Pantglas2 Tue 04-Aug-20 12:33:12

I made kedgeree for brunch yesterday and we could smell the spices rather than the smoked haddock.

sodapop Tue 04-Aug-20 12:40:24

Have you any leftovers Pantglas ? I love kedgeree. smile

Pantglas2 Tue 04-Aug-20 12:50:27

It was going to be my lunch Sodapop, but you can have it....🤪

shysal Tue 04-Aug-20 13:22:28

I cook it en papillotte in foil too, with butter and lemon juice, at 180C for 10 minutes. There is no cooking smell until it is opened and the foil gets rinsed and put in the outside bin. Of course there is a smell while it is being eaten and the plate washed, so I open a window.
I prefer the undyed smoked fish, but my supermarket doesn't sell it.

Callistemon Tue 04-Aug-20 14:08:34

I love kedgeree too.

DH likes kippers, if he has the whole ones I make him cook them on the barbecue outside grin. Unfortunately, we can only get the bagged ones at the moment; he had one the other day and it seemed to smell the whole house out.

kittylester Tue 04-Aug-20 14:13:20

Have you tried using Chef's candles while cooking?

Teetime Tue 04-Aug-20 14:16:11

I use the clear microwave fish bags from Lakeland or Amazon and there does not seem an escape of the smell- it can go on forever cant it. I do empty the bin straight away.

Callistemon Tue 04-Aug-20 14:16:18

I've never heard of them, kittylester

off to Google

timetogo2016 Tue 04-Aug-20 14:18:14

Agree with tanith and Miss Tree.
I do the very same.

Witzend Tue 04-Aug-20 14:25:10

I make a curried kedgeree with smoked haddock - very easy and delish. Smells of curry rather than the fish.

There’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to make for ages and have never got around to - I think it was a Gary Rhodes one - smoked haddock with Welsh Rarebit on top, sounds so yum.

EllanVannin Tue 04-Aug-20 15:07:20

Fresh fish shouldn't smell when cooking, even smoked haddock. Close the kitchen door and open the kitchen window ?

janeainsworth Tue 04-Aug-20 15:37:42

I made a rissotto with smoked haddock, leeks and spinach the other night, delicious.

I don't find the smell a problem at all, as others have said, put the packaging & skin in the bin, well wrapped up in unwanted supermarket plastic bags.

Fennel Tue 04-Aug-20 17:25:06

Thanks for all the ideas. I think my problem came from cooking in microwave with clingfilm - when you open it the steam is very strongly flavoured.
Today I baked it in the oven with some plain cod, cut up in pieces plus orange juice, s&p, and chopped chives etc. Covered with foil.
Back door open - no problem.
I like the idea of risotto, I've done kedgeree before.
I wonder what it would be like fried in batter? wink

Callistemon Tue 04-Aug-20 17:26:57

Fish pie is not complete without some unused smoked haddock in it.

I wish DH liked risotto, or even kedgereee.

Callistemon Tue 04-Aug-20 17:28:14


That goes without saying 😁
2nd hand haddock is not very pleasant.

Undyed smoked haddock

Daddima Tue 04-Aug-20 17:31:59

Kedgeree for me now! Fish poached on stovetop, and I don’t notice much of a smell.

WOODMOUSE49 Tue 04-Aug-20 17:34:48

I usual put it in some tinfoil + wine and in the oven for 10 mins.

Two days ago I bought some from Morrison who put it in a 'cook in the bag' bag. Microwave or oven. Brilliant.

Stansgran Tue 04-Aug-20 17:55:43

I love it in a soufflé and I second chefs candles. You can get tea light size or a larger glass jar. Last time I bought one was in sainSbury's.

sodapop Tue 04-Aug-20 19:33:46

Thanks Pantglas you are a hero,smile

Sussexborn Tue 04-Aug-20 19:48:25

I can’t stand fishy smells so have been using the cook in bags for some time. I also light a cooks candle or a scented one and open the kitchen windows.