Don’t like pickled fish? Try these fish recipes instead!

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Braaied fish parcel recipe

There is a distinct dividing line between those who love pickled fish and those who don’t. Love it or hate, everyone will tuck into these fishy dishes come the Easter weekend.

Steamed, cured, baked or made into cakes… there is a fish recipe here to tickle anyone’s fancy. We bring you 10 of the best (3 of which are on the braai!).

Fish cakes with lemon caper aïoli

fish cakes with lemon caper aïoli recipe
Cook’s note: These no-mash fish cakes are delicious as a light starter. You can also make small cakes (or even balls) to pass around on a platter with a large bowl of the aïoli for everyone to nibble on (double the fish cake quantities).

Try the fish cakes with lemon caper aïoli recipe here.

Braaied snoek with apricot glaze

Cook’s note: No public holiday in South Africa is ever going to sail by without a braai, and that braai is going to include a snoek done on the coals with apricot jam – or a family recipe involving apricots, spices (top secret) and maybe even a dash of chutney. Woolies’ whole snoek is cleaned and trimmed for your convenience, so all you have to do is pop it on the coals, like so …

Try the braaied snoek with apricot glaze recipe here.

Basil pesto-crusted fish

Basil pesto-crusted fish recipe
Cook’s note: The basil pesto is just genius, adding a punch of flavour and acting as the “glue” for the breadcrumb crust.

Try the basil pesto-crusted fish recipe here.

Stuffed salmon

Stuffed salmon recipe
Cook’s note: “I came up with this recipe in Los Angeles when I was roped into helping a friend host a dinner party. The combination of candied ginger, cranberries, sultanas and clementines in the stuffing is nice and complements the flavour of the salmon beautifully.” – Siba Mtongana

Try the stuffed salmon recipe here.

Mackerel with warm vinegared potatoes

Mackerel with warm vinegared potatoes recipe
Cook’s note: The strong flavour of the mackerel works beautifully with the vinegar and onion.

Try the mackerel with warm vinegared potatoes recipe here.

Sticky chilli smoked snoek

Sticky chilli smoked snoek recipe
Cook’s note: Cooking the snoek skin side down helps to prevent it from drying out. Cover with the lid of a roasting pan to allow it to cook through.

Try the sticky chilli smoked snoek recipe here.

Braaied fish parcels with spicy coconut sauce and cucumber-and-fennel salad

Braaied fish parcel recipe
Cook’s note: Take your fish to the next level by dipping it in an Asian-inspired sauce, then wrapping it in sheets of nori, followed by tinfoil, to make sure the fish stays nice and juicy. The look on everyone’s faces when you unwrap the foil at the table? Priceless.

Try the braaied fish parcels recipe here.

Cheat’s lemon-and-dill crumbed salmon roast

Cheat’s lemon-and-dill crumbed salmon roast recipe
Cook’s note: Hands down, this is the best roast you can whip up fast. Great for last-minute guests or a Friday-night treat after a long week.

Try the cheat’s lemon-and-dill crumbed salmon roast recipe here.

Fish en papillote with orange juice

Fish en papillote with orange juice recipe
Cook’s note: Roasting fish in paper lets it steam in the juices and absorb the delicious, vibrant flavour.

Try the fish en papillote with orange juice recipe here.

Apple juice-and-lime-cured trout

Cook’s note: Curing fish at home is easier than you think. Lime juice “cooks” the trout and its tartness is balanced by the sweetness of apple juice. Maximum flavour for minimum effort.

Try the apple juice-and-lime-cured trout recipe here.

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Melissa Wentzel Article by: Melissa Wentzel

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