Recipe For Snoek Pâté

I can tell how far my recipe development has come along from my first post on Snoek Pâté to this one. I have a note book in my kitchen and each time I make something I want to blog about I write down exactly what I have used, and what I did with the ingredients. This helps me a lot, as it sometimes takes me months to get my posts from paper to page! I blog when I have time and my memory is not brilliant. In November 2011 I took a trip to Johannesburg and my mom asked me to bring some snoek pâté with me. A trip to Johannesburg involves a 40 minute car ride to the airport and a one hour wait (usually) at the airport before a two hour flight. I then have to wait for my bags and catch the Gautrain to Sandton – it will be at least 5 hours of travelling. I had to ensure that the snoek pâté would stay frozen and so used my very clever lunch containers. They have a freezer block you clip into the lid. The first process was finding some decent snoek and then seasoning it without garlic. My dad is not a fan of garlic and so we could not do our usual braaid snoek recipe. After having some snoek for supper, I allowed the left overs to cool before making the pâté. I then put it into my lunch container, clipped in the freezer block and froze the pâté. I was amazed as by the time I got to my sister’s house 7 hours after leaving the office, the pâté was still frozen. We left it to defrost in the fridge overnight and you could not taste that the pâté had been frozen. This was a huge hit with the people having snacks with us on the Friday night.

Snoek Pâté
Snoek Pâté

Snoek Pâté
 
Ingredients
  • 250mls snoek, flaked
  • 45mls crème fraîche
  • 5mls cream
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 10g flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt to season
Method
  1. place the ingredients into a blender and blend until as smooth as you want it

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26 thoughts on “Recipe For Snoek Pâté

  1. I love snoek a lot. It is written the same in my language: Dutch.
    We have this fish in our clean lakes & rivers. I love its special taste a lot & this paté is a classic one. But I love my classic’s lot: tasty!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this Sophie. Our snoek is a sea fish – one day I hope to taste snoek from where you live 🙂

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  2. Hi Tandy!
    Nice recipe. I googled Snoek and came out with pike and pickerel, is that correct?
    Thanks, it looks delicious 🙂

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    1. Hi there – here is the wiki link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_snoek – it is a linefish caught off the west coast of the Western Cape 🙂

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  3. I’ve never heard of Snoek. Do you have any idea if you can substitute another type of fish?

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    1. any white fish with a strong taste will do – you don’t want to use a plain white (stock) fish for this 🙂

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  4. I agree with what you say about taking notes, I do that more and more now. The paté look looks wonderful, although I can´t get this fish, I really should make fish patés more often as they are so tasty!

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    1. It is such a great way to use up left over fish 🙂

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  5. I love fish pates and although we can’t get your particular fish, I know that other fish would be good. When we lived in Florida barracuda was available, actually very plentiful.

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    1. that is such a similar fish that it would be perfect for this!

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  6. Lovely pate, Tandy!!

    I posted a quiz, if you want to try?

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    1. HI Pink, sorry – we have been away for the weekend – I will get to the quiz later today if I can xxx

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  7. Looks yummy and love reading some of these traditional South African Recipes. Do you prefer to serve with hearty bread toasts, crackers, or other?

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    1. For me I love a good slice of home made bread for the snoek, but a cracker will do just as well. Do you get barracoutta where you are? It is a similar fish 🙂

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      1. I do not know if I can get this fish or not. I might have to first find out how to say this in Cantonese and then get back with you. Is that the barracuda fish with the really BIG teeth? I have not seen anything whole fish with really big teeth in the wet markets.

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        1. yes it is, but any strong tasting white fish should be good!

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  8. Absolutely delicious Tandy!
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. Thanks Mandy 🙂

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  9. Sounds great, I recently just froze some as well and it was just fine!

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    1. wow, I didn’t know you got snoek there! That is fantastic 🙂

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      1. We don’t I just meant pate! 🙂 🙂

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        1. ha ha, sorry! Now I understand 🙂

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  10. Isn’t amazing how blogging can really help you to grow as a cook? This pate sounds delicious and I’m really glad it made it to your final destination in one piece!

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    1. Thanks Joanne, I have grown so much through my blogging, and not just in the cooking sphere 🙂

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  11. I think I’d eat all of that in one sitting, by myself!

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    1. that is easy to do 🙂

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