Recipe For Pickled Fish

In the Western Cape one usually associates pickled fish with Easter. But for me, this is a great way of preserving fish when it is bountiful. The curry adds a warming spice note to the fish which can be served for any lunch time meal.

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Pickled Fish
Pickled Fish

Electioneering in South Africa takes on a completely different form to what one is used to in other parts of the world. The Western Cape where I live is a DA stronghold. Since our democracy the ANC have tried all sorts of tactics to win the municipal elections to take control of the unicity of Cape Town. First they changed our area from the Overberg to be a part of the unicity. Then they bussed in indigenous Eastern Cape residents, making them all sorts of promises. After losing the last election 5 years ago they promised to win by creating havoc and causing disruption. This has taken the form of protests. The last few months have been hell. First the ANC brought in settlers and put them on land owned by the Department of Water. They were provided shacks and 10 days later they were served eviction notices. These people then rioted, closing off Grabouw from the rest of the city. My staff could not leave their homes the first day of the protest and then had to drive 2 hours to get to work for the next two days. At the same time, a group of people shut off an intersection in Strand as they were not getting the service they think they deserve. And, to make it 3 for 3, Sir Lowry’s Pass was shut off with more protests. These actions are often violent and in this case, buildings were burnt and destroyed and people were killed. This is all done by the ANC to encourage the people living here to vote for them. I can only hope when we go to the polls next month that people don’t vote for a party that leave people in a pickle! To me, pickling should be reserved for cucumbers, vegetables and fish. Here I have made pickled fish using my fish masala.

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Pickled Fish
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Pickled Fish
 
Traditionally served on Easter, make sure you use good quality, firm fish
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Ingredients
For the pickled fish
  • 450g fish medallions
  • 10mls fish masala
  • 30g seasoned flour
  • 30mls canola oil
for the curry sauce
  • 500mls vinegar
  • 125mls water
  • 95g brown sugar, I used fructose
  • 15mls fish masala
  • 2.5mls turmeric
  • 5 all spice berries
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2.5cm fresh root ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half and then thinly sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
Method
For the pickled fish
  1. Pat dry the fish fillets
  2. Mix the masala into the flour
  3. Dust each piece of fish until well coated
  4. Place the oil into a large frying pan and heat on a medium to high temperature
  5. Pan fry the fillets until cooked through
  6. Remove from the heat, place onto paper towel to drain and leave to cool
for the curry sauce
  1. Place the vinegar, water, sugar and dry spices into a sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved
  3. Add the ginger, garlic, onions and bay leaves
  4. Reduce the heat slightly and leave to simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Remove the chilli, remove from the heat and set aside to cool
  6. Place the fish into a deep dish
  7. Season to taste
  8. Cover with the curry sauce
  9. Cover and leave in the fridge for 3 days for the flavours to develop
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24 thoughts on “Recipe For Pickled Fish

  1. I love any kind of pickled fish recipe. The spices in this are different from anything I’ve ever prepared. Bookmarking this for my next fish dinner!

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    1. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for the visit Violet 🙂

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  2. I have sen this recipe and I think I have a Sa spice pack at home to pickle fsh that some one sent. Really have to try it looks great. And wow on the political situation and all that comes from it. Horrible to make people suffer in so many ways for manipulation.

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    1. It is the worst thing that has been done since democracy!

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  3. I really like this recipe. My husband eats herring by the jar and even though I do like the taste, I hate the look of it. This is quite pleasing to the eye and I’m sure to the palate as well. Thank you Tandy!
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    1. I also love herring but I agree, it is quite anemic!

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  4. 2016 is definitely interesting froma political side. I remember your comments on social media when this was happening. Very challenging.
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    1. It is very challenging indeed!

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  5. There is so much turbulence in world politics now. I’m scared to read the news every day because it takes an emotional toll on you.
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    1. What is happening around the world is just awful!

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  6. I’ve never made pickled fish I don’t think, but the fact that there is curry involved with this makes my heart sing. Looks wonderful and sounds just delicious 🙂
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    1. Thanks Sarah 🙂

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  7. That just look delicious Tandy. I haven’t picked fish before so thanks for the recipe. Pickled anything is good for me!

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    1. I hope you try this Jem 🙂

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  8. What sort of fish did you use, Tandy?

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    1. I have used yellow tail and hake. I am sure you can get hake there?

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  9. What a unique recipe Tandy! I confess, I wouldn’t tie pickled fish with Easter but of course it’s different in South Africa. But not with politics! It’s a crazy political season here.

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    1. Your political season is hectically crazy!

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  10. Sounds kind of scary Tandy, so much unrest right now every where. I will gladly enjoy this recipe for pickled fish instead, looks lovely.
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    1. Thank you Cheri 🙂

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  11. We really got in to pickling last year when we had loads of stuff growing in our garden, but I have never tried pickled fish. Something to try soon I think.
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    1. I hope you enjoy it Dannii 🙂

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  12. Here’s to the DA taking all the provinces!
    We love pickled fish but usually leave it to mom to make. Love your recipe.
    Have a happy Monday.
    🙂 Mandy xo
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    1. Thanks Mandy and I hope the DA take over PE!

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