Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa
Yes, that does say ‘planked’ hake and no, we haven’t gone mad! Cooking on a piece of wood is an age-old technique and allows the food to take on a lovely smoky flavour whilst retaining its moisture. David used a piece of cedar for this recipe and alongside the hake cooked some delicious prawns, fire-roasted salsa and samphire.
See how he did it on our YouTube Channel here.
Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa – Ingredients
- 600g piece of hake loin
- 8 large uncooked prawns. we used shell on
- 120g samphire
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
For the salsa:
- 1/2 red pepper, cut into chunks
- 1/2 yellow pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
- 2 large tomotoes, halved
- 1 chilli pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- fresh coriander
Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa – Oven state etc
1-2 Mississippi for the salsa
2-3 Missisippi for the fish
2 oven proof pans
Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa – Method
1. Soak your plank of wood in water overnight. We find it sits well in a large lasagne dish or roasting tin and you will probably need to weight it down to stop the plank floating.
2. Place all the salsa ingredients in a large bowl and toss with a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil. Put them in a pan and cook in a hot oven close to the fire until soft and charred at the edges – about 6-7 minutes then let the veggies cool down.
3. Dry your plank and then heat it up in the oven until a little charred and smoking – be careful as you don’t want it to catch fire!
4. Season your hake with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place onto your plank and then cook in a hot oven for about 3-4 minutes. Turn the plank around and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until cooked through; the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillet. Add the oiled prawns for the last couple of minutes.
5. Place the samphire in a pan with a little water, cover with foil and steam in the oven for 2-3 minutes.
6. Roughly chop the cooled salsa ingredients with a small bunch of coriander and add the juice of 1/2 a lime and season to taste with a little salt and pepper.
Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa – Alternatives
- cod loin would work equally as well in this recipe as would salmon or pollock
- if you like a spicier dish just add more chillies to the salsa or some smoked paprika
- swap the samphire for some spinach, chard, kale or asparagus
- instead of coriander in the salsa, use mint, parsley or basil or a combintion of these kind of herbs
Wood Fired Planked Hake & Prawns with Fire Roasted Salsa – Wine suggestion
Happy Cooking !
Holly & David xx