Hake is a distant relative of cod and therefore an affordable alternative to the increasingly expensive cod.
The fish is mainly found in the Atlantic Ocean and is often caught by southern European fishermen. You may have seen this in Spanish or Portuguese markets under the name merluza.
You can definitely leave the soft skin on while frying it, this will then become wonderfully crispy.
What is hake fillet?
Hake, despite the fact that it’s a separate species, is sometimes included in the cod family. That is why consumers sometimes wonder whether they would rather choose hake or cod.
The hake is a slender, silver-colored fish with a wide mouth. You can recognize it by the protruding bottom of the mouth. The inside of the mouth is black. Hakes can grow up to 1.4 meters in length and feed on fish and squid. They live a maximum of 20 years.
The fish is known for its mild, white flesh, and it’s a popular choice for seafood dishes.
Pan-Fried Hake Fillet with Braised leek, Samphire and Fondant Potatoes
- Heat the bisque and add the cooking cream. Allow to reduce slightly and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Just before serving, make the bisque using a hand blender with cold lumps of butter to create a foamy sauce.
- Chop the leek coarsely and wash thoroughly. Drain well. Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan and fry the leek until it becomes translucent. Add the curry powder and stir. Add the samphire and season with freshly ground pepper. Let it simmer for only 2 more minutes. The samphire should remain nice and crispy.
- In the meantime, cut the hake fillets into 4 portions and season generously with freshly ground pepper and salt.
- Heat a dash of sunflower oil in a non-stick pan and fry the hake fillets on the skin side until firm.
- Turn the fillets over, add a nice knob of butter to the pan and fry for another 5 minutes on the other side while continuously basting the skin of the hake fillet with the frying butter.
- Dress the braised vegetables with the warm fondant potatoes on the plate and place the fried hake fillet on top.
- Spoon the foamy sauce over it.