Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 3/4 cup mushroom-arugula mixture)

This is triple-whammy umami--shiitakes, bacon, and cod all deliver complex tastes. You can also use haddock, flounder, or tilapia. Shiitake mushrooms have a bolder flavor than most mushrooms, with an almost smoky quality that amplifies the flavor of the bacon. The key is to keep it simple to let these powerhouse ingredients shine. 


How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add 5 ounces mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms wilt, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; cool 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor; pulse 10 times or until a coarse mixture forms. (Do not puree.) Stir in pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle fillets with 1/8 teaspoon salt; top with mushroom mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; place on parchment. Bake at 400°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 4

Increase heat to broil, with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Broil fillets 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 5

Heat skillet over medium-high. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil; swirl. Add garlic and remaining 3 ounces mushrooms; cook 4 minutes or until mushrooms are soft. Add arugula; cook 1 minute or until slightly wilted. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Serve with fish.

Ratings & Reviews


August 06, 2017
This looked beautiful and impressive and was pretty easy, but it lacked a layer of flavor. It was very one note - salty/umami. Needed acid of some kind, maybe.


August 25, 2018
I felt the flavors were fine though I didn't use any of the additional salt.  I did squeeze a little lemon on the fish just before serving.  This is my first time cooking arugula (I used baby arugula) and doing that I got my husband to eat it (not usually a fan).  Will make again.  I served it with a hunk of rosemary focaccia bread.


August 01, 2016
This was ok. Maybe because I used turkey bacon instead of real bacon, but it was lacking some depth of flavor. Still, a satisfying dinner. 


October 03, 2016
This will definitely be a "go to meal."  I sauteed a  shallot with the mushrooms & bacon & tossed in some crushed red pepper flakes in the food processor.  Whole family loved it!