Pan fried Hake with lemon and Herb Butter sauce

Grunt pairs amazingly well with fish dishes, especially this super simple pan fried Hake with lemon and herb butter sauce recipe which can be prepared in 10 minutes. We found it in a great little Bord Bia fish recipe booklet hidden away inside a recipe book and just had to share it!


  • 4 Hake fillets, with skin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives and tarragon)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning


Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the seasoned hake fillets, skin side down. Cook for 2 minutes until the skin is beginning to crisp. Add half the butter to the pan and cook for another minute.

Turn the fillets over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to warm plates.

Turn down the heat and add the rest of the butter to the pan and gently melt. Add the herbs and lemon juice and swirl to combine.

Spoon over the hake fillets and serve on a bed of creamed spinach.

Hake with lemon and butter sauce recipe