Vodka Tonic Battered Hake | Crispy Batter

This vodka tonic battered hake is a great alternative to using beer!

It is not often that I lose my sense of humour and it takes me a long time to get angry. But like a typical red head when I lose it, I really lose it. I think it is important in life to respect other people and to take them into consideration. When I am constantly not taken into consideration by the same person, I will let it slide until ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Has this happened to you? Yesterday, the last straw was placed on the proverbial camel’s back. I had a lot of things on my list to do – shopping, banking, meeting a friend for a birthday milkshake amongst going to gym, working, fetching the post and baking. All of this in a normal day is time consuming enough – but waiting around to meet someone who cancels 15 minutes after I expect them is more than rude. It is inconsiderate. Today I waited 35 minutes (“why” I hear you all asking yourselves) to meet someone to give them their gift. The plan was to meet at a specific time but not a specific place. I decided after 35 minutes to call and tell my friend that I would wait in the coffee shop closest to where I was, only to be told – sorry, I am not going to make it for another 20 minutes. That person knew already at the time we should have met that she was going to be late. So why not send me a text message saying so? Why do she think it is OK for me to sit around and wait for her?  This is the same person who would not wait 2 minutes for me when I was running late – go figure. Clearly her time is more important in her mind to my own. So, with my anger levels way up, I have come to realize that this friend is not worth having in my life. My life is short, and time is precious and I cannot spend it sitting around, waiting for them to be in it.

With my time wasted so, supper was a simple fish dish. We do not usually deep fry anything, but for this batter I would do so over and over again. I first experienced it at the Good Food and Wine Show when we cooked this James Martin recipe – it is brilliant and I am sure you could swap out the vodka and tonic which I will do next time I make this. The batter seems to be very thick but do not ‘water’ it down, it works just as it is.

Vodka Tonic Battered Hake
Vodka Tonic Battered Hake
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Vodka Tonic Battered Hake

Recipe Category: Seafood
All Rights Reserved: adapted from James Martin


  • 15 mls fresh yeast
  • pinch of fructose
  • 175 mls tonic water
  • 25 mls vodka
  • 5 mls balsamic vinegar
  • 200 g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 portions of hake
  • Well seasoned flour for dusting
  • oil for frying


  • in a bowl add the yeast, fructose, tonic water, vodka and vinegar
  • in another bowl add the flour and salt
  • slowly whisk the flour into the liquid ingredients
  • leave the mixture to ferment – it is ready to use when the mixture starts to bubble
  • heat your oil to 190° Celsius
  • pat dry the hake fillets
  • dust with the flour and then coat with the batter
  • cook for 4 minutes – or until golden and crisp
  • carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper

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49 thoughts on “Vodka Tonic Battered Hake | Crispy Batter

  1. Sorry about the incident with your friend,I love hake so much,so this recipe is a must try for me this weekend. 🙂

  2. Tandy, so sorry to hear about your horrible day yesterday. Sending you a big hug!
    I have never seen yeast used in batter before- have to give this a try and may swap the vodca out for gin. 😀 Will let you know how it turns out.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Fish sounds wonderful, what a clever idea to use the Vodka!
    I understand completely the “end of the rope” feeling. My father and I work for ourselves and I have had friends who seem to think that because of that I can do anything, any time because “you are your own boss”! I wish!
    Lots of hugs and looking forward to the next post. xx

    1. it did not have such a ‘malty’ taste, and I really think this is the best battered fish I have had outside of the UK 🙂

  4. What a day you had! At least now you have made a decision about your friendship so you can put it behind you, and continue making us wonderful and inspiring dishes. I’ve never heard of a batter with vodka and tonic before now, I’ve seen beer, and also fizzy water batters. So something new, lovely 🙂

    1. I thought of you when I did this recipe – the booze kind of makes me 🙂 Good for Katherine for standing her ground 🙂

  5. This looks like a wonderful recipe Tandy!
    I totally understand what you are saying; it is a tough decision to make, but it may help fix the situation between you two someday 🙂

  6. What an appetizing & special hake recipe: I love it! 🙂

    I just gave YOU an AWARD! Yeah! Happy Times!
    Why? Come over @ my latest post & check out why!! Have a great weekend!

  7. The hake looks delicious! Hubs is the one in our household to make battered fish and he is sooooo going to like this batter!!

    Good riddens and don’t let her spoil your weekend!

  8. Hi Tandy! Simple fish? Looks totally professional to me!! Have never made that before but would definitely give it a try! 🙂 oh and regarding your situation with your friend, sorry to hear about that. It is quite impolite of her to disrespect your time, especially when you wanted to give her a present. I totally understand your situation as it has happened to me before. Well, hope the success of your delicious dinner made up for it!!

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