Pickled fish in a large serving dish ith onions and green onion decoration

Pickled fish Recipe Image by 婷芝 张 (Cathy) Li Chang Zhang from Pixabay

Pickled curry fish: A traditional South African seafood dish with rice

If you’re in the mood for real South African flavour, pickled curry fish is the way to go. It’s beautiful seafood with a big boost of flavour and texture.

Pickled fish in a large serving dish ith onions and green onion decoration

Pickled fish Recipe Image by 婷芝 张 (Cathy) Li Chang Zhang from Pixabay

Do you love all of the seafood we have along the South African coastline? If you’re from the Western Cape, you also enjoy some curry flavour with your fish. A great way to preserve fish is by pickling it but it also adds some amazing flavour. This pickled curry fish recipe is a great side with a light salad, even during cold winter months. It’s a flavour-packed delicacy which you can easily make at home.

Pickled curry fish preparation suggestions

Mackerel and herring are the best options for this recipe as they are flaky and hold up to the cooking part of the process without completely falling apart. Other than onions, you can also add actual pickles and some cabbage to the mixture. Don’t overcook the fish, otherwise it will become tough. Serve your pickled fish warm with some fresh warm bread or rice for the best results.

If you’re in the mood for real South African flavour, pickled curry fish is the way to go. It’s beautiful seafood with a big boost of flavour and texture.

Pickled fish recipe

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Recipe by Gary Dunn Course: SideCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.3 g fish (any dense variety)

  • 3 large onions

  • 2 cups vinegar

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 1 tbsp crnflower

  • 2-3 tsp salt

  • pepper to taste

Method

  • Cut the fish into pieces, season and sprinkle with flour.
  • Fry the fish to a golden brown colour.
  • Cut the onions into rings and cook in 1 cup water for 3 minutes.
  • Mix curry, sugar, cornflour, salt, pepper and vinegar. Stir into onions and boil gently for 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Pour over fish with a few lemon or bay leaves in between.
  • Store in air-tight container.

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Looking for more traditional South African seafood recipes to make for your friends and family? Have a look at our excellent recipe suggestions for you to try. There are many more old-school recipes like this one published in the Rustenburg Junior School Recipe Book in 1958.

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