Chef Ana Sortun tops hake with a rich, spicy sauce inspired by the iconic Lebanese tarator sauce. The fresh, ground carrot “tabbouleh” served alongside adds more bright flavor.
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2 carrots, chopped
1 cup parsley leaves
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup walnuts (1 ounce)
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 jalapeño, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Four 6-ounce skinless hake or cod fillets
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 425°. In a food processor, pulse the carrots until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the parsley and the dill and pulse until minced. Scrape the tabbouleh into a bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon each of oil and lemon juice; season with salt.
Wipe out the processor. Add the garlic and walnuts; pulse until chopped. Add the tahini, jalapeño, cilantro, cumin, coriander, 1/4 cup of the oil and the remaining 1/2 cup of parsley and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pulse until smooth. Scrape into a bowl; season with salt.
Arrange the fish in a medium baking dish. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, season with salt and turn to coat. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fish is cooked through. Transfer to plates. Spread some of the walnut tahini on the fillets and spoon the carrot tabbouleh alongside. Serve the remaining tahini at the table.
The walnut tahini and carrot tabbouleh can be refrigerated separately overnight.
Pair this tender hake dish with a ripe California Chardonnay.
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