Cape Town snoek stew with peppers and onions in a ceramic bowl

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Cape Town snoek stew: Classic South African winter seafood

Cape Town snoek stew, hearty and delicious seafood stew perfect for a winter meal for the whole family.

Cape Town snoek stew with peppers and onions in a ceramic bowl

Cape Town snoek stew Photo by Servet photograph:

South Africa has an abundance of amazing fish along our coast and it means that we have some incredible seafood too. Snoek, a type of bream is one our most popular and most accessible fish. It’s flaky and when smoked as a great flavour that will stick with you for a long time. Our Cape Town snoek stew is a deliciously simple dish that the whole family can enjoy.

Cape Town snoek stew tips

Our recipe doesn’t have too many ingredients but you can get creative with flavours, like adding some roasted bell peppers to it. If your fish is fresh out of the water, you can soak it but it isn’t necessary if it’s cleaned and frozen. When flaking the fish, remove as many of the bones as you can. Don’t throw them away if you want to make a tasty stock. Serve with some bread and a glass of white wine.

Smokey and comforting, our Cape Town snoek stew is a classic South African dish from a beautiful city. Enjoy every bite with your whole family this winter.

Cape Town snoek stew recipe

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Recipe by Gary Dunn Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 g smoked snoek

  • 6 small potatoes

  • 500 g ripe tomatoes, sliced

  • 4 small onions

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • Salt and pepper.

  • fresh lemon juice and wedges


  • Soak snoek overnight in cold water. Drain off water`and flake fish with a fork.
  • Slice the onions and garlic. Fry them in butter until golden brown.
  • Add the sliced tomatoes and sprinkle sugar over them. Cook the tomato-onion mixture until fairly dry, stir- ring occasionally.
  • Add the flaked snoek, parboiled potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover closely and simmer very gently until potatoes are thoroughly cooked.


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