Sailboat Galley – Merluza a la Koskera

Merluza a la koskera is a classic Basque dish using fresh line-caught hake, which is gently poached in a traditional salsa verde sauce made from chopped garlic, olive oil, fish stock, and chopped parsley and served with tender white asparagus, fresh peas, and hard-boiled eggs.

Merluza a la koskera case of a famous dish of hake koskera or Basque style, with green sauce, clams, asparagus, and peas. A succulent dish for any occasion.

For centuries, traditions have been handed down from generation to generation to the present day, and we are fortunate that we can still experience their culture through their excellent recipes.

Merluza a la koskera is one of those traditional and easy stews that never go out of style and that everyone tends to like. With a few quality ingredients and the fish sauce that surrounds the whole set, they turn this recipe into a treat for the palate!

OceanWaveSail Galley-Merluza a la Koskera

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

25 mins

Total Time

35 mins


4 sailors


For the salsa Verde:

How to prepare it:

  •  Firstly, blanch the peas in boiling water and salt for 3 minutes and refresh in ice cold water.
  •  Trim and peel the white asparagus and again blanch in boiling water and salt for 6 minutes and refresh in ice cold water.
  •  For the quail eggs, bring a small pan of water to the boil. Lower the eggs into the water for three minutes, timing them precisely. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with iced water, and when the eggs are done, remove with a slotted spoon and plunge them straight into the bowl. Leave them for five minutes and then peel, patting dry and removing all the shell.
  •  Place the oil and garlic in a large shallow frying-pan and warm on a gentle heat for two minutes until the garlic begins to jump. Add the flour and cook slowly for a further one minute. Slowly begin to add the fish stock, mixing thoroughly until you get a sauce with the consistency of single cream. Cook for a further one minute on a low heat and set aside.
  •  Heat a frying pan on a moderate heat, season the hake fillets on both sides and pan fry skin side down for 3 minutes or until crispy and well charred. Turn the fish over, add the asparagus and fry for a further minute. Place the fish skin side up and asparagus in the sauce and gently poach for a further 2 minutes, adding the peas half-way through. Add the chopped parsley and mix carefully until the sauce gains a rich green colour. Check the sauce for seasoning and serve with quartered soft-boiled quail eggs.
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