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Pan-fried hoki with wholemeal, bacon & herb crumb

Chef: Andrew Brown

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 30

Cooking method: Pan-fry


600gm hoki fillets – 4 x 150gm portions

30gm butter

30gm cooking oil

Flaky salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste


3 Slices wholemeal toast bread

2 rashers smoky belly bacon

6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 

1 tbsp cornflakes, crushed 

20gm capers roughly chopped

1 tsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

½ tsp fresh tarragon, roughly chopped

1 tsp fresh chives, finely cut

20ml cooking oil

Flaky salt and fresh ground black pepper

Cooking instructions

Pre-heat a frying pan, set on a high heat.

Ensure the hoki portions are patted dry on all sides with a cloth or paper towel before pan frying, season the hoki just prior to frying.

Place the oil in the pan, allow 30 sec before carefully placing the hoki in the fry pan.

Allow the fish to go a light brown/caramelised colour then add the butter and turn the heat down slightly. Cook for approximately another 20-30 sec then turn the portions over. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets but a good indication that the fish is cooked, is if a white protein liquid leaches out of the side of the fillet, this indicates that it is cooked completely through.

Take care not to overcook the hoki as this will make it dry.

Spoon some of the oil/butter over the portions and remove from heat.

Toast the bread & cut into a chunky rough crumb (include the crust)

Pour the oil into a medium non stick frying pan, fry the bacon till crispy and remove, leaving the remaining oil in the pan. Allow the bacon to cool and roughly chop into small pieces.

Place the wholemeal crumb into the frying pan and stir so that they soak up the bacon oil.

Place all other ingredients into the pan and mix, season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the crumb warm while cooking the fish.

Finishing the dish  

Warm 4 plates. Carefully and quickly spoon the warm crumb on top of each cooked hot hoki fillet and lighty press down so it remains in place when serving. To complement the fish a small fresh seasonal salad can be added to each plate and a wedge of lemon to dress the salad and fish. 

Recipe and image courtesy: Deepwater Group