Spicy Popcorn Hake With Green Herb Mayo

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Ready in: 15-18 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Spicy Popcorn Hake With Green Herb Mayo


  • 400g hake, bone free cut into 2cm strips
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • pinch dried chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 200g roughly, fine ground cornmeal or polenta
  • Sauce
  • 350mls shop bought mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp fresh chilli roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 large spring onions roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp any fresh green herb such as basil, coriander, parsley
  • mall handful fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • water
  • black pepper

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  • Fill a medium frying pan with 2cm of oil, then heat to roughly 175°C.
  • Next mix the beaten eggs with the cumin and chilli.
  • Dust the hake in the cornflour, then place into the egg mixture, coat well.
  • Coat with fine polenta and repeat with the rest of the fish.
  • Meanwhile place the mayo, chilli, mustard, onions, herbs and spinach into a liquidiser.
  • Blitz with the vinegar and a little water until you have a thick, lovely green sauce.
  • Spoon into a bowl and season with black pepper.
  • Cook the hake in small batches until crisp, probably 3-4 minutes turning occasionally.
  • Drain well and serve with the spicy herb dip.

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