Roast Hake Recipe With Clams and Dill Oil Pilgrim My Million Pound Menu

Roasted hake with clams, cider sauce and dill oil

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Get a taste of the Spanish Camino with this elegant seafood dish from My Million Pound Menu winner, Pilgrim

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Ingredients

DILL OIL

  • dill a bunch, plus extra to serve
  • olive oil 100ml

HAKE

  • sea salt 200g
  • hake 4 fillets (around 800g)
  • thyme 4 sprigs

CLAMS

  • clams 400g, cleaned
  • dry cider 330ml
  • olive oil
  • echalion shallots 2, sliced
  • thyme 4 sprigs
  • garlic
 2 cloves, sliced
  • crème fraîche 1 tbsp

Method

  • Step 1

    Blitz the dill with the oil using a small blender or food processor for 5 minutes until a vibrant green. Line a sieve with muslin, put over a bowl and pour in the dill oil. Leave for 1-2 hours, then discard the pulp left behind.

  • Step 2

    Whisk the salt into 1 litre of cold water until dissolved, then add the hake fillets and chill for 1 hour. Remove the fillets and wash under gently running cold water, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Wrap each fillet tightly in clingfilm and chill for 1 hour to firm up.

  • Step 3

    Heat a large pan over a high heat. Add the clams and cider, cover with a lid and steam for 3-5 minutes or until the shells open. Pour through a sieve, catching the cooking liquid in a bowl.

  • Step 4

    Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and cook the shallots, thyme and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Add in the cider, bring to the boil and simmer until reduced by half. Whisk in the crème fraîche, season and keep warm.

  • Step 5

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the hake fillets onto a baking-paper-lined tray, drizzle with oil and sprinkle on some thyme. Roast for 10 minutes until cooked through. Tip the clams back into the sauce and heat through.

  • Step 6

    Spoon the clams and sauce into bowls, top the with hake, drizzle over some of the dill oil, and serve with extra dill, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 449
  • Fat 27.6g
  • Saturates 6.1g
  • Carbs 5g
  • Sugars 2.9g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 39.3g
  • Salt 2.7g
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