Whole lemon stuffed hake with olive and caper sauce

Whole lemon stuffed hake with olive and caper sauce

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes

If you love Mediterranean flavours, this hake dish is for you. It's inspired by Sicilan flavours of olives, capers, lemons, tomatoes and olive oil. The hake is baked whole under tender and flaky. Serve with crusty bread and a big leafy salad to complete the meal.


  • 1 whole hake
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • garlic cloves
  • 5 g fresh dill
  • 3 T olive oil
  • salt, to season
  • For olive and caper sauce:
  • olive oil
  • ¼ cup non-pareilles capers in wine vinegar, drained
  • ¼ cup non-pareilles caper berries in vinegar, drained
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 5 g Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 5 g fresh dill

Cooking Instructions

1. Ask your fishmonger to clean and descale your whole fish. Line a baking tray and fill the fish with sliced lemons, garlic cloves and dill. Rub over olive oil and salt. Bake in a hot, preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a pan and gently fry capers and olives together until fragrant. Turn off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Serve with the fish.

Photography: Jan Ras
Recipes and Production: Jacqueline Burgess
Food assistant: Lerato Motau

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Jacqueline Burgess Recipe by: Jacqueline Burgess
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Food stylist Jacqueline Burgess has been working with TASTE for the past six years. She loves coming up with wholesome recipes – whether low and slow or fast 'n fresh.

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