Some Fun Fish Facts About Hake and Why We Love it
If you enjoy a steaming fillet of fish on your plate, then you will be happy to know that hake is a versatile meal option packed with health benefits – and it tastes great too! Here at Sea Harvest, hake is one of our preferred types of fish; it’s delicious, healthy, and affordable enough to eat several times a week. So, for anyone, like us, who has fallen hook, line, and sinker for hake, have a trawl through our fascinating facts and reasons to pop a portion in the oven tonight.
All About Healthy, Hearty Hake
We would not fault you for being surprised at the fact that Hake (there are 12 kinds, in fact) is a member of the Cod family – though the two fish look nothing alike. The steel grey fish with a silvery-white underside often surprises seafood lovers who have only seen them in their fillet form – for that beautifully mild flavour, the actual fish looks rather formidable. Their texture is softer with a smaller flake than cod, however, so there is no mistaking the two on one’s plate.
Long and slender, the predatory hake fish can swim at depths of over 1 000 metres, and they are found across the globe. Europe, in particular, enjoys this fish and many countries have their own names for it in places like Spain, Italy, and France.
Why Eat Hake More Often
Most health experts agree that a few portions of fish per week are highly recommended, and hake is a standout star in this department because of how budget-friendly and versatile it is. It also comes with countless health benefits, including:
- Hake is an exceptionally rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), such as omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains EPA, DPA, and DHA fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to the development of the nervous system – which means the old saying that fish is “brain food” rings true.
- The fatty acids found in the fish may also play a role in improving cardiovascular health, making it a heart-healthy meal option.
- It is considered non-oily and is thus low in calories and saturated fats. This means it contributes well to a weight loss, low-fat, or calorie-restricted diet.
- The lean meat is a tasty form of protein that boasts a great essential amino acids profile. This protein also keeps one fuller for longer, making it a marvellous main meal option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- It contains lower levels of mercury than many other kinds of fish and can be safely eaten multiple times a week.
- Hake is a healthy source of B-complex vitamins and vitamin E.
- It also boasts minerals such as iodine, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Exploring a Diverse Cooking Profile
There is a good reason why the Spanish have dubbed it “king of the fish” – hake is a lean, white meat that absorbs most flavours well. Its flesh is firm enough to be deep-fried, baked, grilled, and steamed. It can also be sold fresh, crumbed, battered, skinless, salted, and smoked.
The taste ranges from mild to subtly sweet, and it’s flaky, pale meat pairs well with various flavour fusions. Lemon pepper seasoning, Indian curry, Asian-style sweet and sour sauce, hearty seafood stews, and even garlic, tomato, and onion are all ingredients and recipe bases that complement hake.
Make it Hake with Sea Harvest
Here at Sea Harvest, we make easy and healthy seafood meals accessible to our customers by seasoning them in egg batter, a scrumptious tempura batter, flavourful crumb coatings, or having them smoked. Customers can also select skin-on or skinless fillets that they can prepare themselves. Steam them, fry them, grill them, or roast them – the choice is yours. This convenience is especially valuable for families who do not necessarily have the time to prepare seafood dishes from scratch but still wish to enjoy the taste and health benefits provided by fish. Our seafood solutions are perfect for every meal, and you can trust our commitment to high-quality freshness and flavour.
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