Hake poached in Grants butter, fennel, seaweed recipe by Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Paul Foster

9th January 2019

Hake poached in Grants butter, fennel, seaweed recipe by Paul Foster

This Hake poached in Grants butter, fennel, seaweed recipe by Paul Foster is from his debut cookbook, Salt.

Paul will be cooking this and another dish from the book at The Staff Canteen Live 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham (22nd-23rd January). He will also be signing and selling books at the show. Get your tickets here: https://pks-fss-2019.reg.buzz


  • Hake
  • 400g thick hake fillet skinned
  • 100g salt
  • 250g Grants butter
  • ½ lemon
  • Fennel
  • 1 small fennel
  • rapeseed dressing (see base recipes)
  • Seaweed selection samples
  • Toothed wrack
  • Pepper dulse
  • Sea lettuce
  • Dulaman
  • Salty fingers
  • Sea aster
  • Sea


Clean the fennel and shave thinly on a mandolin length ways, season with sea salt and the rapeseed dressing. Layer on top of each other and leave for 10 minutes to semi cure.
Cover the hake in salt and keep in the fridge for ten minutes. Was well in cold water to remove all the excess salt and drain well. Wrap in a tea towel and leave for 2-3 hours in the fridge.
To finish:
Portion the hake into 4 equal pieces and leave out for 10 minutes to come to room temperature. Melt the butter in a pan gently, ensure the butter is around 2 inches deep in the pan and that it is big enough to hold all the portions of hake. Probe the butter to around 45C and add the fish, make sure the temperature stays between 40C and 45C after about 6/7 minutes check that a skewer slides through the fish without resistance. Spoon the fish into a bowl and top it with the fennel and a selection of sea vegetables and seaweed. Add a tiny amount of lemon juice to the butter and dress the dish with the butter before serving.

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