Oven baked hake with basil, lime& ginger


This oven-baked hake with basil, lime, ginger and garlic is a super healthy and flavour-packed weeknight supper recipe.

A piece of raw hake prepped with soy, gingr and lime ot be oven baked
hake about to be baked

With all my recent baking escapades, I needed some temple food to get back on track, and kick-start the regime again.

This is just a really healthy way to cook a piece of fish without compromising on flavour.  I used hake, but a firmer fish like kingklip would probably work even better. Its fuss free and oh so very simple.

It’s very saucy, great for hake which is crying out for flavour.

This is supper for me with steamed vegetables. Shiny sparkly halo.

A few other seafood recipes you might like:

Baked whole trout with herbs & lemon

Oven baked hake with basil, lime, ginger & garlic

Roasted salmon with miso and orange glaze

Trout en Papillote with fennel

Jamie Oliver’s fantastic fish pie

Miso salmon & cucumber salad

My best peri peri prawns

Oven-baked hake with basil, lime & ginger

A flavour-packed healthy oven-baked hake recipe with basil, lime, and ginger.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • 250 - 300 g hake or another firm white fish filleted
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice bottled is fine
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp ponzu citrus or soya sauce
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • A handful of Thai basil leaves normal would be fine


  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400F
  • Place the fillet of hake on top of half of the basil.
  • Mix the marinade and pour over the fish and top with the rest of the basil leaves.
  • Seal up the foil parcel tightly and bake in the hot oven for about 20 minutes until cooked through and flaky.
Servings: 2
Author: Sam Linsell




  1. What a superb way of injecting flavour into a normally bland fish. I might even get my hubby hooked on fish with this recipe.

  2. I salute your greatness!(nina bows down)….this is a beauty, Sam!! Fluffy steamed basmati rice, a couple of forks and this is dinner!!!

  3. What a superb way of injecting flavour into a normally bland fish. I might even get my hubby cooked with this recipe!

  4. What a superb way of injecting flavour into a normally bland fish. I might even get my hubby cooked with this recipe!

  5. karien buter says:

    Hi Sam, i am a south african who live in Glasgow Scotland. A friend of mine in South Africa introduced me to your blog and what a delight. I cook a lot and this week i have tried both this hake above (fabulous recipe) , and made your curried lentil soup – hearty and delicious. Onto the tequila bolognaise now.

  6. Hi Karien
    Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello and I am glad you like my blog. Please let me know what you think of the bolognese.
    Sam 🙂

  7. Kevin Ward says:

    I have never cooked hake before but wondered if it could marinated… which led me onto this blog and this recipe.

    I have to say that I was blown away as to how good it tasted! I will certainly be making it again… 🙂

    Instead of the hoi-sin and chilli flakes, I used a sweet-chilli sauce… and substituted the lime juice for fresh lemon juice.

    Will definitely be making it again and will certainly keep an eye on this blog for more inspiration.
    Many thanks! 🙂

  8. Hi Kevin, So glad you liked. I notice a few people commenting and enjoying this recipe which I made quite a while ago. I think its time I make it again (and perhaps update the picture) as its really nice and healthy, and I could do with a bit of that right now.

  9. Nicole Sochen says:

    Hi Sam – just wanted to double check that the amount for the lime juice (1 Tablespoon) is the same as the fish sauce (1 Tablespoon). Was confused by the big ‘T’ and little ‘t’. Thanks!

  10. Hi Nicole – little t is teaspoon and big T = tablespoon. 🙂

  11. Nicole Sochen says:

    Thanks Sam – I thought so but the ‘b’ in the tbsp threw me! Making this for Friday night dinner on a girls weekend away – I figured something healthy to go with all the wine!

  12. Hi Sam
    I found this recipe after my partner bought some hake and I wanted to use what we had in the house to cook it in.
    Perfect! Thanks!
    (In the heat of the kitchen I didn’t notice the big and little Ts … for me tbsp = tablespoon and teaspoon would be tsp. All worked fine tho.)
    Cheers, Dick

  13. Thats great to hear Dick. It has become quite a popular one on my site and Ive been meaning to make it again as its super healthy and packed with flavour. Thanks for the reminder.
    Sam 🙂

  14. there is no recipe?

  15. Hi Yurij

    Thanks for letting me know and the plugin stopped working. The recipe is up and running again now.

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