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 notebook 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 braaied snoek recipe. After having some snoek for supper, I allowed the leftovers 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
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Snoek Pâté

Recipe Category: Dips, Seafood
Makes enough for: 1 portion Pâté
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 mls snoek, flaked
  • 45 mls crème fraîche
  • 5 mls cream
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 10 g flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt to season


  • place the ingredients into a blender and blend until as smooth as you want it

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33 thoughts on “Snoek Pâté

  1. 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!

    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 🙂

      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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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