Pickled fish is an Easter tradition and a treat in the Cape.
Our recipe for pickled fish was a team effort with everyone in the kitchen offering ideas and changes to the recipe based on how their family enjoys pickled fish.
Try our recipe this Easter – its full of love:
Pickled Cape Bream
1kg Cape Bream, cut into portions
150 g sugar
500ml white vinegar
5ml whole cumin
5ml coriander seeds, toasted & crushed
10ml fish spice
3 x bay leaves
5ml mild curry powder
3 x crushed garlic cloves
5ml grated ginger
3 x chopped onions
10ml corn flour
2 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
Flour, for dusting
Salt and black pepper
In a pan over a medium heat, add 1 tbsp oil and gently sauté the onion until translucent. Add the ginger, garlic and spices and fry gently for a few minutes, until fragrant.
Add the vinegar and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 20 minutes. Thicken with corn flour to a nice coating consistency. Season to taste.
Dust the fish with the seasoned flour and pat off any excess.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy-based frying pan and, when hot, fry the fish until golden.
Place a layer of fish in a deep sterile glass or non-metallic container and pour a little of the hot sauce over it, to cover. Continue layering fish and sauce until all the fish is covered. Cool, then chill until ready to serve. Best made at least 24 hours in advance.