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How To Make South African Pickled Fish

Traditional South African Pickled Fish

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When I think about tradition, especially during the Easter holidays...I think about "Ingelegde Vis" which is slang for "Pickled Fish" in Cape Town....

So What is Pickled Fish?

Pickled Fish is a traditional South African recipe for a classic dish of fish pickled in white wine or brown vinegar flavoured with curry spices like garam masala, fennel seeds and coriander seed :).....

And is enjoyed with hot cross buns and crispy rolls to soak up that delicious turmeric spicy sauce....

A friendly warning Pickle Fish is addictive....

Today we going to be sharing a favourite pickled fish recipe.....Not a very traditional recipe in any sense...But most of the ingredients are what you would add to a very traditional pickle fish dish....


    Step 1 : Coat the hake or firm fish in the flour

    Hake in flour


    Step 2: Pan fry the hake until cooked


    Step 3: Place the cooked fish on a paper towel and drain off the excess oil

    Place in a paper towel to drain off the excess oil


    Step 4: Mix the spices, sugar and vinegar

    In a large pot add the:

    • Sliced onions
    • Vinegar
    • Water
    • Brown Sugar
    • Curry Powder
    • Whole black peppercorn
    • Ground Ginger
    • Tumeric

    Step 5: Bring to a boil and boil uncovered for 5 minutes


    Step 6: Mix the Knorr Brown Onion soup with water and mix to form a smooth paste


    Step 7: Add the Knorr Brown Onion Soup paste to the pot


    Step 8: Add the fish and allow to simmer for 5 minutes until thickened and let the pot cool


    Step 9: Once cooled, spoon the fish into a non-metal container and store until your ready to serve


    Quick tips:

    • Before adding 600g of sugar, start off with 300g and keep adding until your desired taste;
    • If you think the onions is too much, you could chop it up in the food processor to give a smooth textured taste. But i must be honest I like the onions big and pickled;
    • Your fish can be any firm fish Traditional



    In a large pot add the:


    Enjoy the video here below: Pickled Fish Recipe



    Hybre Thorne on May 08 2020 at 10:35AM

    “Ingelegde Vis” is not Slang! That is an insult to Africakkns speaking people. It is Afrikaans and is the proper use of the language. “ingelegde” means Preserves/Pickled and Vis is..well, fish!. No slang here, just another language.

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