Main Meals

Poached fish with crispy jacket potatoes

20 minutes
1 hour 50 minutes

This poached fish dish will definitely impress at your next dinner party and it's super- easy to make. The crispy jacket potatoes take some time, to make, but it's worth it.

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc

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  • 8 large potatoes
  • 3 T olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 kg hake fillets
  • 150 g baby fennel, sliced
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 5 ClemenGolds, (3 zested and juiced)
  • 3 T Woolworths garlic-and-herb butter
  • 2-3 cups Woolworths organic vegetable stock
  • 15 g thyme

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Bake for 1½ hours, or until golden and crispy.

2. Cut the fish into small, even portions, removing the skin if you like. Once the potatoes are cooked, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large, deep frying pan and sauté the fennel until golden and soft.

3. Add the garlic, cut side down, and caramelise while the fennel cooks. Deglaze the pan with the juice of 2 ClemenGolds. Add the butter and allow to foam. Pour in the stock and add the thyme. Bring to the boil and stir to emulsify.

4. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Season to taste. Place the fish in the liquid and sprinkle over the ClemenGold zest. Poach the fish gently for 5 minutes, turning if necessary.

5. Turn off the heat and allow the fish to stand in the warm liquid for 5 minutes, or until just cooked through.

6. Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a small pan. Halve the remaining ClemenGolds and place in the pan, flesh side down, and caramelise until golden and sticky.

7. Serve the fish in the poaching liquid with the ClemenGolds and potatoes.

Cook's note: Take the time to make the potatoes, they're delicious with the juicy fish and broth. No time to make baked potatoes? Woolworths’ creamy mash also makes a great side.

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Photograph: Robbert Koene
Production: Hannah Lewry
Food assistant: Claire-Ellen Van Rooyen

Hannah Lewry

Recipe by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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