Hake is a predatory fish with a long, rounded body, silver skin and delicious white flesh. Stocks are at a sustainable level in the UK, making hake a great alternative to cod. The Cornish hake gill net fishery was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as a sustainable fishery in June 2015.

In the past, hake was a primarily southern European fish, but global warming has meant that this fish has migrated north. Whilst a large proportion of our catch goes to Spain, Portugal and Italy, the domestic market is growing.

Its shape makes hake great for cutting into steaks. The flesh is quite soft, but firms up on cooking has a good flavour and is well worth trying. For an alternative to battered cod, try deep-frying hake fillets dipped in a light tempura batter.

Adapted from Love Seafood

Seafood type:


Best during:

May - October


March - October

Cooking recommendations:

Pan fry, deep fry, grill or roast

Nearest Alternatives:

Cod Whiting Pollack Haddock