Pan-roasted hapuka with asparagus and lemon aioli

Serves 4 people

Keep it simple – you really want to be able to savour every morsel of this excellent fish.

  • 4 x 170g hapuka fillets
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 bunch dill, picked
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp seeded mustard

1 Season the fish with salt and pepper, then rub with half the olive oil. Fry in a pan over a medium-high heat for 8 minutes, turning several times, until just firm.

2 Meanwhile, toss the asparagus with the remaining olive oil and fry in a pan over a high heat, until tender and lightly blackened. Toss with the dill and season with salt and pepper.

3 Mix the mayonnaise, garlic, zest, juice and mustard. Serve with fish with asparagus and the aioli.