South African Apple and Almond Hake Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 4 hake fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces flaked almonds
  • Salt and milled black pepper
How to cook South African Apple and Almond Hake:
  • Season the hake with salt and pepper and dust lightly with the flour and cayenne. Slice the apples into wedges and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discoloring.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan and toast the almonds over gentle heat, tossing them to brown evenly, then set aside.
  • Add butter and oil to the frying pan and lightly brown the apple wedges-very quickly, so that they do not become mushy. Set aside the apples separately from the almonds.
  • Increase the heat and fry the fish, adding extra butter if necessary. The cooking time will be about 4-5 minutes, when the fish should be crispy-brown and perfectly cooked. Transfer it to a warmed serving platter and keep warm while preparing the Spicy Parsley Sauce (see below).
  • To retain the crispness of the fish, garnish the platter with apple wedges, scatter over the toasted almonds, and serve the Spicy Parsley Sauce separately.

Spicy Parsley Sauce Recipe

Spicy Parsley Sauce Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 Jalapeno chile, seeds and stems removed, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
How to cook Spicy Parsley Sauce:
  • Working off the heat, blend the flour and parsley and jalapeno into the pan juices.
  • Slowly add the wine, cream and lemon juice, then stir over high heat for a couple of minutes until the sauce is smooth and thickened.
  • Add a little water if the sauce is too thick and season with salt and pepper.


A dusting of cayenne enhances this South African recipe. The apples, lemons and almond create a textural delight feel free to substitute any firm white fish for the hake.

This recipe for South African Apple and Almond Hake serves/makes: 4

The South African Apple and Almond Hake recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Hake (more Hake recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: African (more African recipes)

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