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


Try this roast hake then check out our  grilled hakeSpanish hakeMediterranean baked hake and more hake recipes.




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


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


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


  • 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