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Hake, sweet potato tagine and chermoula

Published on July 11, 2016
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This fiery tagine from Andrew Grills of The Mill House in Tintagel pairs perfectly with crispy-skinned, pan fried hake and purple sprouting broccoli

Hake, sweet potato

Serves 6

You will need

Hake fillets 6
Purple sprouting broccoli 500g, blanched
For the tagine
Onion 1, diced
Garlic 3 cloves, crushed
Smoked paprika 1/2 tsp
Cumin 1/2 tsp
Ground coriander 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
White wine 50ml
Sweet potatoes 2 large,
peeled and diced
Chickpeas 2 tins, washed
Chopped tomatoes 2 tins
For the chermoula
Coriander 40g
Mint 60g
Parsley 40g
Olive oil 200ml
Lemon 1, zest and juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °c / gas 4.
  2. For the tagine: sweat the onion and garlic in a pan with a little oil until soft. Add the spices and cook for a few minutes. Add the white wine and reduce to make a paste, then add the sweet potatoes, coating them in the spice mix.
  3. Add the chickpeas and chopped tomatoes to the pan, cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat until the potato is tender.
  4. For the chermoula: place all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  5. For the hake: pan fry the fish, skin side down, in a little oil until the skin is crispy, then turn. Add 2 tbsp of chermoula to each fillet and baste. Remove the fish from the pan and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  6. While the hake is cooking, saute the broccoli in the fish pan with the rest of the chermoula.
  7. To serve, place a ladle of tagine in a shallow dish and top with the hake and then the broccoli.

Chef’s tip: ‘Add chillipowder to the mix for added punch,’ says Andrew

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