For Heavens Hake!

CA Seafoods Admin

Hake is becoming a very popular fish with our shop customers, and is slowly making its way onto more and more restaurant menus.

Hake is a high quality and sustainable white fish similar in flavour to Cod, beloved in Spain and starting to make a name for itself here in Britain. High in protein with an exceptionally low fat content, lends itself very well to Spanish flavours. It is known as 'The King of Fish' in Spain, so a good idea would be to follow their lead in terms of recipes.

You can cook hake fillets in several ways. Either on the grill, baked in the oven of frying, Hake is very versatile and and they are all ways in which you can make a really great dish. It is versatile in the flavours that you can pair it with too, try it with acidic or spicy flavours, whatever takes your fancy!

You can also try it on the barbeque, see our blog post about cooking fish on the barbeque to find some inspiration.

However you prepare it, you must be careful to not over-season, and to not to over cook your Hake fillets. It can go from done to overdone very quickly because of its light consistency.

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Tips For Barbecuing Fish

CA Seafoods Admin

Cooking fish on the barbecue is a great way to bring out the unique tastes and textures of the fish, and in some ways can be more rewarding than the usual sausages and burgers. At CA Seafoods we serve fish in either whole or fillets, and we have a range of different fish on offer which suit the smoky flavour you get from barbecuing. Although if you take a lot of care over cooking, you will find that pretty much any fish can be cooked in this way.

Because of the wide range of fish available, its worth considering the way in which you cook the fish. It goes without saying that if you have a barbecue with wide-set grill bars, it wouldn’t be the best idea to cook small fish fillets, unless of course you wrap them in foil or put them in a fish basket. A general rule of thumb is to only cook fish on a very high heat and oil the fish before you start cooking. This will help ensure that the fish does not tear. Of course making sure the grill rack is nice and clean before cooking will also help prevent the fish sticking.

Cooking on the BBQ

If you choose to cook fillets directly on the grill, choose fish where the skin and flesh is fairly firm so it will stand up to the heat - here we would recommend Monkfish, Salmon or Halibut

A good tip for cooking on the grill is to oil the skin and season it with salt. Not only does it prevent sticking but it gives the skin a great crispy and tasty finish. For the more delicate fillets such as Sea Bass or Plaice, it is a good idea to wrap them in foil with a small splash of water and some fresh aromatic herbs. This will protect the flesh and lightly steam the fish, leaving the flesh moist and juicy.

For something a little more adventurous, you can use marinades. Once the fish has been marinated, you can dice it to put onto skewers for a fish kebab. You can use some of our Smoked Prawns or Crevettes on the skewers too if you really wanted to push the boat out.

A really simple way to barbeque fish is of course to leave them whole. A whole Bream for example would be a real showstopper. Because you leave the bones in, it helps to add some extra flavour and moisture to the fish.

Sardines, Mackerel, and Trout would be our recommendation as great fish for cooking whole. Preparing them in this way also is an opportunity to stuff the fish which can add even more flavour. Getting yourself a fish basket which can be placed directly on the barbeque is a really good tip, as this will help keep everything together. It also gives you the added bonus of creating char lines on the fish which come from the hot metal. 

We have selected a few recipes to give you a bit of inspiration for the barbeque season. Here’s to a great summer!

Jerk Lobster With Coconut Rice - Credit

Barbequed Trout In Newspaper - Credit

BBQ Tandoori Fish - Credit

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Fish In Season - June 2022

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As we all know, the availability of fish is sometimes limited to species that are available in certain months of the year

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Everything You Need to Know About … Sea Bream

CA Seafoods Admin
Not spoken about often enough is sea bream. It is getting on more and more dinner tables and restaurant menus these days. Either whole or in fillets, it can be made delicious with just a few ingredients so if you are new to it, we think it is well worth a go.

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Mothers Day Ideas!

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Mothers Day is always a special time of year for families to get together. You can always plan to head out to somewhere nice to eat, or with our help you can find creative ways of making it special at home.

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