Melucius capensis / paradoxus
Hake comes from the same order (Gadiformes) as cod and haddock. It is a medium/large fish averaging 1 to 8 lb in weight, but has been known to grow up to 60 lbs. Hake can grow up to 1 metre in length and their lifespan can be around 14 years. They live in waters ranging in depth from 200 to 350 m. Hake species stay in deep sea water during the day and come to the middle depths during the night. All products are Wild caught, frozen on board at sea on HACCP and E.U approved vessels.
Hake can be crumbed, battered or cooked very simply as this is a delicious firm fish enjoyed by many. Heat a pan with olive oil and a little butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes until skin is crispy. Turn over and cook for another 3-4 minutes. For a sauce melt butter with a squeeze of lemon and herbs, swirl to combine and pour over hake fillets and enjoy.
In a large pan, place the seasoned hake fillet (seasoning of your choice) skin side down first. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the skin is just beginning to crisp, then add small amounts of butter around the fillet/s and allow to cook for a further minute.
Turn the fillet over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes this time does depending on the fillet thickness. Remove the fillets from the pan and add butter and mixed herbs to create a sauce which can be poured over your hake fillets.
The hake from South Africa waters is proudly MSC and continuously monitored through the years so that this status can be maintained.