Infused Kahawai Parcels Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Jade Chalmers
Prep:10 minutes Cook:10 minutes Difficulty:1
  • 4 fresh kahawai fillets.
  • 50 grams butter.
  • 2 teaspoons chicken soup mix.
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce.
  • 1 lemon.
  • 4 silverbeet leaves, washed.
  • Lay out four good-sized sheets of tinfoil; place a silverbeet leaf on each.
  • Place a kahawai fillet on each leaf.
  • Season each fillet with soup mix and soy sauce.
  • Quarter the lemon and the butter and place on each fillet.
  • Wrap up the parcels.
  • Cook on a hot barbecue plate for 3 minutes on each side.
  • Unwrap the sensational steamy delight.
  • Serve on rice.



Known in more recent times as ‘the people’s fish’, kahawai is a species that European New Zealanders, until recently, treated with some disdain.

“I don’t eat bait!” was for many years a common call as the kahawai was kept for just that – as a lure to catch more popular recreational species. But like gurnard and trevally, kahawai is seen more commonly on our tables and is less often destined for the bait freezer. 

Read more: Kahawai

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