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

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.


oven baked hake with basil, lime, ginger and garlic

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 250300g hake or other firm white fish, filleted
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice (bottled is fine)
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 5cm 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)


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


  • Serving Size: serves 2

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

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


  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

    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. Sam

    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

    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. Sam

    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

    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. Sam

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

  11. Nicole Sochen

    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. Sam

    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. Sam

    Hi Yurij

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

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