Hake with Basil Dressing

Grilled Hake with Fresh Basil Dressing

Amels and JayJay came round for dinner just before they headed off to Thailand on their big adventure. I decided to make them one of my favourite things – fish! I think hake is totally under rated as a fish, it has a wonderful meaty texture and it takes on so many flavours. You can grill it with a bit of salt and pepper and it’s tasty, batter it up and fry it off – yummy, grill it and oh my word!

This recipe calls for the fish to be salted – what this means is you chuck over some coase salt (the big stuff that looks like crystals rather than what you season food with), this helps firm up the fish. You need to wash the salt off after about 30 mins and pat the fish dry. Rub it a little with oil and season well with salt and pepper. Grill this for a couple of minutes (this does depend on how much fish you’re cooking). Once it’s done pull it out of the over and immediately pour over this radical dressing which gives a major flavour burst up your nostrils and you will be so excited to eat!

I made some peas and carrots as well as potato wedges to go with the dish. So simple and so freaking tasty. Wedges are so easy to make. Chop the potato, coat with oil and whatever seasoning you’d like (think herbs, think chilli, think fresh garlic, think with your imagination) pop into the oven and let the oven do the work. Move the wedges around during the process so everything cooks well and remember the longer the better because the wedges will crisp up. The carrots I just chucked in my mircowave steamer and popped a knob of butter over them. The peas, oh the peas! This was a little trick Rik taught me – take a pan and add some frozen peas, put on the stove, let them heat up – they cook themselves from frozen and then add a little bit of salt and pepper and butter to coat it and make them shiny and super tasty. They are little bursts of flavour in your mouth.

As for the dressing – think fresh basil, lemon juice, fresh garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.

YUM YUM yummy delish!


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2 thoughts on “Grilled Hake with Fresh Basil Dressing

    • Tans says:

      Thanks Nicole! Just don’t salt the fish for too long (30 mins is ideal), I did that once and the results were less than pleasing 😉

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