Pan-fried hake, white bean & chorizo broth

Pan-fried hake, white bean & chorizo broth

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus overnight soaking

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Serves 6

This gutsy soup has a Spanish tone and works with other white fish like cod - layer the flavour up with garlic and paprika

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  • Freeze broth only
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  • 450g dried white beans, such as haricot or cannellini, soaked overnight in water
  • 4 garlic cloves, 3 left whole, 1 crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme leaf, chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g good white bread, diced
  • 100g cooking chorizo, skinned and chopped into small chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1l chicken stock
  • small handful parsley, chopped
  • 6 hake fillets, about 125g/5oz each

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  1. Drain the beans, then tip into a large pan with 2 litres of water. Simmer with the whole garlic cloves, bay leaves and thyme for 30 mins or until cooked and tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry the bread with the remaining garlic clove. When golden and crisp, scoop out and drain on kitchen paper. Add the chorizo to the pan, fry until crisp, tip out and keep warm with the bread.
  3. Add another 2 tbsp oil and the onion to the pan, and cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the paprika. Drain the beans and add to the onions with the chicken stock and 2 tsp salt. Cook for 5-10 mins. Stir through the parsley and keep warm.
  4. Season the hake and heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in the frying pan. Put the hake, skin-side down, in the pan and cook for 3-5 mins over a mediumhigh heat to crisp up the skin. Flip the fish over and cook for a further 3-5 mins until cooked through. Spoon the white bean mix into bowls, place the hake on top and finish with the fried bread, chorizo and a little more thyme.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2012

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rosiecotton's picture

Really lovely recipe, but as I didn't add the extra salt as I felt it would leave it way too salty. Just perfect without it.

tormcr's picture

Had to approach differently as I used butter beans in water. All however! A thoroughly enjoyable taste of the med dish!

laughinggirl66's picture
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really yummy and filling, i used cod as I couldnt get any hake, but im sure would be lovly with a big thick piece of hake. I served my boyfriends with Mash and mine Butternut squash mash - will definatly make again

browste1's picture
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Very tasty meal. The broth worked extremely well with the small chunks of chorizo, a perfect partner to the sweet flesh of the hake.

I served it with Spanish-style fried potatoes and a tomato salad.


sarahbean's picture
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Really delicious, just what was needed after it's rained all day! I left out the croutons and put in some new potatoes and cabbage instead and served with garlic bread, very filling