• Baked Kingklip with creamy leeks and pancetta is a delightful seafood dish that brings together the tender and mild flavour of Kingklip fish with the richness of creamy leeks and the savoury crunch of pancetta.

    The kingklip is oven-baked to perfection making this recipe perfect for dinner and gatherings!

    Baked kingklip with creamy leeks and pancetta

    Serves: 4
    Total Time: 40 mins


    • 1 x 200g punnet baby leeks
    • 1 x 100g punnet mini asparagus (find at woolworths.co.za)
    • 2 x 400g sustainably caught kingklip fillets, skins removed
    • 1 x 250ml tub fresh cream
    • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
    • 100g Parmesan, grated
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 50g pancetta, sliced



    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside until needed.


    Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the baby leeks and mini asparagus, and blanch until bright green, about 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables from the pot and immediately transfer to a large bowl of iced water to stop the cooking process. Drain and arrange the veg in an even layer over the base of a medium ovenproof dish.


    Place the kingklip fillets on top of the vegetables. Pour the cream over, then scatter with the thyme sprigs and grated Parmesan. Season to taste. Bake in the preheated oven until the fish is cooked and the Parmesan is golden and bubbly, 15 – 20 minutes.


    Meanwhile, place the pancetta slices on the prepared baking sheet. Bake alongside the fish until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the fish and pancetta from the oven. Scatter the crispy pancetta over the fish. Serve immediately.

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    Recipe and styling by Sarah Dall

    Photograph by Myburgh du Plessis

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com