A perfect Friday night meal. Hake fillets with a Crunchy lemon flavoured batter.
500g Texie’s hake fillets
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
pinch of ground paprika
freshly ground black pepper
1 Egg, beaten
3/4 cup soda water or beer
juice of 1 Lemon, strained
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the pepper and paprika.
Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and soda water or beer. Whisk until smooth and lump-free.
Leave the batter to stand for ten minutes. Add the fish to the batter and coat well.
Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan. Fry the fish, turning constantly until golden brown.
Remove from the oil and serve immediately with oven baked chips and tartare sauce.
If you prefer a basic recipe you can leave out the lemon. You can use use white ground pepper instead of black pepper so you will get the pepper taste without the black specks in your batter. You can thin the mixture with water or milk to get the consistency you like (the thinner the batter the lighter the coating). If you dust the fish with flour before battering, it will help keep the batter on the fish.