Hake in South Africa provides a huge industry for local fisherman. There are numerous fishing companies involved in the trawling industry and if you pop in to your local supermarket you will notice many boxes of frozen hake. Hake is also known as Cape Whiting and is frozen fresh on board the trawler it is caught on. Our hake industry is large enough to provide a sustainable source of income both from local sales, and the export of the product to Europe, Australia and the United States. Hake is considered green on the SASSI list and even though this is not my favourite eating fish, it is important to my ideal of a regional product. Hake fishing vessels dock in Duncan Docks Cape Town and the fish is taken to a local shop close to the airport. This is where I purchase boxes of hake and at under R20 a fillet that feeds the two of us, this is a cheap meal.
- heat the oil and the butter in a pan
- add the garlic and the chilli and allow to flavour the oil
- dust the skin of the hake with flour
- season the flesh
- cook skin side down until halfway cooked through
- turn over and add the chorizo to the pan
- remove the chilli and add the peas (turn the heat up slightly)
- add the pesto and when the peas are hot and the fish is cooked, serve
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