Anthony Sargeant displays a fine fresh Hake fish before filleting.

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Tony Sargeant is holding a lovely fresh Hake - much under-rated by the British.

Tony Sargeant is holding a lovely fresh Hake – a fish much under-rated by the British.

It may not be the most immediately ‘pretty’ fish but it is very very good – Hake is a member of the cod family but in the opinion of many better tasting. But the majority of British fished hake goes to Spain and France (where it is properly appreciated). This fish costing £10 yielded nearly 1.5kg of filleted meat – which means a portion cost of 50p per 75 gram portion – which is ridiculously cheap – pure and extremely tasty protein ! Raw the flesh is slightly ‘soft’ but it firms up into ‘cod-like’ flakes on cooking – care needs to be taken as with all fish not to over-cook it. better slightly under-cooked than over-cooked.

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