Smoky hake, beans & greens

Smoky hake, beans & greens

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2
Grill white fish fillets and serve on top of chorizo, cannellini beans and spinach for a quick dinner that packs in 3 of your 5 a day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (without mayo)

  • kcal554
  • fat27g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein45g
  • salt2.2g
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  • mild olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • ½ x 200g pack raw cooking chorizo (we used Unearthed Alfresco Smoked)



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 260g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 2 x 140g skinless hake fillets
  • ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and shredded
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve

  • Quick garlic mayonnaise (optional) - see recipe in tip


  1. Boil a full kettle of water and heat the grill to high. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large frying pan. Squeeze the meat from the chorizo directly into the pan. Add the onion and fry for 5 mins, crushing the meat with a spatula until broken up, golden and surrounded by its juices. The onion will also be soft and golden.

  2. Meanwhile, put the spinach in a colander, slowly pour over the boiled water to wilt it, then run under the cold tap. Squeeze out the excess water using your hands, then set aside. Line a baking tray with foil, rub with a little oil and place the fish on top. Season, sprinkle over the smoked paprika and drizzle with a little more oil.

  3. Tip the chilli into the pan with the sausages, fry for 1 min more, then add the beans, spinach, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Let it warm through gently, then season to taste.

  4. Grill the fish for 5 mins or until flaky but not dry – you won’t need to turn it. Spoon the bean mixture onto plates, then carefully top with the fish and any juices from the tray. Serve with a dollop of Quick garlic mayonnaise (see recipe, right), if you like.

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12th Jul, 2018
I've made this a few times and it's always tasty but tonight is the first time I also added the garlic mayonnaise and it really brings the dish to life. Can't wait to eat it again Edit: I made cheats garlic mayo, not from scratch. Still amazing.
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Ellis Reilly
13th Feb, 2018
I made an account just to review this recipe! I used it as more of a guide but the flavours were very similar, as it’s the night before my grocery delivery and I’m running really low on supplies! My bean mixture was made of celery, smoked bacon, green lentils, rocket, smoked paprika and fresh chilli. I cooked the fish as per instructions, then served it all with some boiled brown rice. The flavours and textures were exceptional, the soft fish with the big, punchy lentils was amazing. So, so happy with how it turned out. Try it!!
22nd Jan, 2018
Very tasty and quick for a mid week meal. I couldn’t get hake so just used cod fillets, cooked in grill for about 7-8mins. I also just used normal chorizo cut into half discs, I didn’t get as much oil/sauce, this is probably why. Short on time I cheated with shop bought mayo with some crush garlic, lemon juice and olive oil mixed through. Will make again!
6th Dec, 2017
Used streaky bacon instead of the chorizo and still really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to try it out with the chorizo next time.
27th Oct, 2017
Made this tonight but I wasn't sure about the combination of ingredients. Everyone loved it and ask ''can we have this again'' Have to admit that I used frozen Mackerel fillets that I had in the freezer. I might add some cooked new potatoes next time. Easy and quick to prepare.
17th Sep, 2017
Onions were slow to quick and better to add more spinach. Otherwise very tasty
26th Jun, 2017
Absolutely delicious! Sliced the chorizo and had without mayonnaise. Will definitely make again. Thank you!
20th Sep, 2016
I don't understand how this meal includes three portions of your "5 a day". Beans and spinach each count as one portion, so a total of two portions per person. Whilst onion does count, according to NHS guidelines, a portion is classed as a whole medium onion per person. So you would need to include two onions to be on the safe side! Sorry if I have missed something, I just think this recipe is potentially misleading when filed under the "7 a day" section.
12th Sep, 2016
Delicious! Chopped the chorizo as others have done & used green lentils as hubby not keen on butter beans.
11th Aug, 2016
Loved this recipe! It was such a quick, delicious and healthy week night meal - which a requirement in my book. We had it with cod instead of hake as Aldi only had cod, but cod worked really well. The only issue I had was making the mayonnaise. I think I added the oil too fast. But I loved the meal without the mayonnaise so I don't think I'll try to make the mayonnaise again. But will make this dish again!


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