Lemon & Parsley-Crusted Hake

This will make enough for 10 servings.  One piece is used for this dish
Stores well in freezer; make the whole recipe and keep the remainder in the freezer!


Lemon & Parsley Crust

  • ½ loaf brioche bread
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • zest of 4 small lemons (2-3 larger ones), preferably organic
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley (2-3 oz), washed and dried

Tomato Confit

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, skins removed, seeds scooped out, halved or quartered
  • Olive oil, enough to generously drizzle over tomatoes

Champagne Beurre Blanc Sauce

  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 whole shallot, peeled
  • ¼ cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter

Hake Filet

  • 5 oz piece of hake per serving
  • kosher salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 slices of tomato confit

Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

  • 2-3 small potatoes (suggested:  Yukon Gold)
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅔ cup olive oil

Beet Tops

  • 4-6 beet tops per serving (or wintery greens of your choice, spinach etc)
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • pinch of salt


Tomato Confit

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Place peeled, seeded and halved (or quartered) tomatoes, core side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and roast at 250 degrees for about 1½ to 2 hours

Lemon & Parsley Crust

  1. Remove the crust from the brioche, break into chunks, put into a food processor and briefly pulse to a crumb-like texture
  2. Add 1 cup softened butter and lemon zest and blend in the food processor briefly to combine
  3. Add 2-3 oz (1 bunch) fresh parsley and blend/pulse to combine
  4. Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap and cover with another sheet of plastic wrap
  5. Press with your hand to flatten a bit, then with a rolling pin, start from the middle and gently push out to the end on all sides until you've made a thin, even layer
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes

Champagne Beurre Blanc Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup dry white wine, 1 whole shallot, peeled, ¼ cup Champagne vinegar and cook over medium heat to reduce for 5-7 minutes
  2. Add cream and heat to reduce for 3-4 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and add 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp butter, transfer to a smaller pan. Set aside and keep warm

Prepare the Potatoes

  1. Cook potatoes with peel on for 45 minutes to 1 hour
  2. Peel potatoes and smash them into the pan, do not mash like mashed potatoes, you have to smash them into larger chunks
  3. Transfer to a saute pan and add a pinch of salt and ⅔ cup olive oil and warm them up (they're already cooked)

Saute Beet Tops

  1. Saute beet tops (4-6 per serving) in ½ tbsp butter and a pinch of salt until wilted and half-cooked

Cook the Fish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Season a 5 oz fillet of hake both sides with kosher salt and cayenne pepper
  3. In a saute pan, add 1 tbsp butter and ¼ cup water
  4. Lightly brush 1 tbsp smooth Dijon mustard over the top of the fish
  5. Add about 3-4 slices of tomato confit
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes
  7. Remove plastic from chilled lemon & parsley crust and cut a piece to fit the fish and place on top of the fish
  8. Return fish to the oven just to melt the crust (2-3 minutes - but keep an eye on it; you're just looking for the crust to melt)


  1. Start with a layer of the beurre blanc sauce, top with olive oil potatoes, beet tops and the lemon and parsley-crusted hake