Pickled Fish Recipe

A traditional Good Friday meal in South Africa. This dish is best prepared a couple of days in advance when the flavours have had time to develop.

Difficulty

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Serves

Serves: 4-5

Recipe Ingredients

  • 500 g frozen hake fillets (look for the skinned and filleted variety for
  • convenience)
  • 75 g chilli-bite mix powder
  • SPAR Canola or sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into half-rings
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 5 ml curry powder
  • 5 ml ground coriander
  • 2 lemon leaves, torn
  • 50 ml SPAR whole apricot jam
  • 250 ml SPAR white vinegar
  • 125 ml water
  • 2 ml turmeric
  • 40 ml brown sugar
  • 2 ml ginger and garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 60 ml golden sultanas

Recipe Method

  1. Partially thaw the fish, and roll each piece in the chilli-bite mix powder until well coated. Place into a pan of hot shallow oil and fry on both sides until attractively browned - about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Do not be in a hurry to turn the cooking pieces over - wait until they cook sufficiently to lift away from the pan base themselves, to make lifting and turning easy without breaking the coating.
  3. Gently fry half the onion slices in a little oil. Add the cloves, curry powder, coriander, lemon leaves and jam. Stir in the vinegar, water, turmeric, sugar, ginger and garlic paste, and the remaining onion slices. Simmer until the liquid reduces significantly.
  4. Add the sultanas and check flavour for salt.
  5. Pour this pickling sauce over the cooked fish. Cool completely before covering and refrigerating.

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