Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hake in Champagne and Lemon Sauce

I recently saw some Hake when I was at Costco. The price was so right that I decided to give it a try. Hake is a member of the cod family, with sweet, white flesh and a nice flake. And, it's got good things going for it: low in sodium and fats, no saturated fats, it's on the sustainability list as a good choice, and the best thing yet - it tastes great!


4 frozen hake filets
2 tsp. mixed herbs (I used Mrs. Dash original)
1 tsp. olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup champagne, or other tasty white wine
1/2 lemon cut into wedges


Sprinkle filets with mixed herbs. Pour the olive oil into a non stick skillet. Heat to medium high. The olive oil should shimmer, but not smoke. Add the filets to the pan, and cook for about 3 minutes on the first side. Turn the fish, then add the lemon juice and the champagne to the pan. Cook the fish for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through. Turn the fish in the pan, to make sure the lemon and champagne flavor each side of the fish. Serve, with a piece of lemon next to each filet.

Serves 4

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Make sure you like the taste of the wine you use, as it will flavor the fish. In the past, if I didn't like a wine for drinking, I would cook with it. It took a while to understand that the reason I didn't like the cooking results was that the poor flavor of the wine came through in the dish I was cooking. Taste your wine before you use it! If you don't like to cook with wine, use chicken stock instead.

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