Hake with roasted garlic cream and black pudding

Fish’s creaminess marries with darker flavours and black pudding works admirably

Hake with garlic cream and black pudding. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Hake with garlic cream and black pudding. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sat, May 16, 2020, 05:55

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • 1tbs olive oil.
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced.
  • 250 ml cream.
  • One-third cube of chicken stock cube.
  • A sprig of rosemary.
  • A generous squeeze of lemon.
  • Salt.
  • 4 skinless hake fillets approx 140g each, bones removed.
  • 8 thickish slices of good black pudding.
  • A drizzle of olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • A few apple batons for crisp freshness.


1. In a small pot, very gently cook the sliced garlic in your olive oil. The object is to achieve an even golden colour without overcooking the garlic, which will make the sauce bitter.

2. When the garlic is golden, add the cream, rosemary and stock cube, then bring back to a very gentle simmer.

3. After five minutes or so when your sauce is coating consistency, remove the rosemary, add a little lemon juice to season and set aside.

4. Preheat the oven to 185 degrees or equivalent.

5. Place the hake and black pudding on a shallow roasting tray. Drizzle over the olive oil , season and turn everything in the oil to make sure it doesn’t stick.

6. Bake for 12 minutes before checking. The fish may need a little longer depending on its thickness.

7. Divide on to warmed plates with the sauce spooned over generously. Artfully add some apple batons and serve with new potatoes.