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Regional food specialities (3) – Gesmoorde Snoek

December 16, 2011

Snoek is a fish caught off the shores of South Africa which is cheap and tasty.  This fish contains a lot of bones which makes it good to braai (barbeque) so that the flesh falls off the bones.

This recipe uses the flesh flaked off the bones.  You could however use a tin of tuna fish as an alternative.

1 kg dried or smoked snoek
1 large onion
2 fresh green chillies, finely chopped
6 medium potatoes, diced or 16 baby potatoes


  1. If using dried snoek, soak in cold water overnight to get rd of the excess salt
  2. Skin, bone and shred the flesh of the soaked dried snoek or break into small pieces.
  3. Fry the onions in hot oil until golden brown.  Add a little water if the onions start to burn (the onions need to be really brown as the dish takes its colour from them).
  4. Add the chillies and potatoes to the onion and cook until the potatoes are lightly brown.  Add the snoek and continue cooking until the potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Serve on a bed of cooked rice.  Accompany with side dishes such as cucumber sambal and lemon atjar or with with grilled tomatoes.

Serves 4-6


Cucumber sambal

1 large cucumber
1 tsp salt
1 green chilli
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar


Peel and grate the cucumber, add the salt and set aside for a while. Drain. Pound the garlic and the green chillies together.  Add the sugar and vinegar.

Lemon atjar


8 large lemons
1 tbsp salt
2 red or green chillies
Pinch bicarbonate of soda


  1. Wash one lemon well. Dry the skin and peel thinly. There must be no white pith on the skin. Cut the peel into thin strips.
  2. Squeeze the peeled lemon and 3 others. Strain the juice and reserve.
  3. Peel and segment the remaining 4 lemons.
  4. Place the peel, lemon juice, lemon segments and salt into a bowl and mix well.
  5. Place the chillies in cold water with the bicarbonate in a small saucepan and bring to the boil for a few seconds.
  6. Drain, dry and pound them into small pieces.
  7. Add to the lemon mixture then pack into dry sterile bottles with air-tight lids.

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