Red-and-green snoek

Red-and-green snoek

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Health conscious
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Woolworths Villiera Carte Blanche

“I used snoek for my localised take on Mexican chef and cookbook author Gabriela Camara’s red-and-green snapper recipe.” – Khanya Mzongwana


  • For the green sauce:
  • 30 g Italian parsley
  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • 2 T honey
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the red sauce:
  • 100 g Woolworths chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
  • 2 bird’s-eye chillies
  • 100 g Woolworths sundried tomato quarters
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1⁄3 cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ t ground cumin
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the snoek:
  • 800 g Woolworths lightly smoked whole snoek
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 fresh limes, halved, for serving
  • flatbreads, for serving

Cooking Instructions

1. Blend all the ingredients for the green and red sauces until smooth and set aside.

2. To make the snoek, preheat a grill. Lay the snoek skin-side down on a chopping board and pat dry with kitchen paper. 3 Using a sharp knife, score the flesh diagonally and sprinkle with salt.

4. Liberally cover one half of the fish with the red sauce and the other with the green sauce, making sure the sauce penetrates the fish well.

5. Brush the grill with oil and, once hot, place the snoek on the grill, marinated side down. Grill or braai for 10 minutes, or until the snoek is just cooked. Using a spatula, carefully turn the snoek onto a serving platter. Serve immediately with the lime wedges and warm flatbreads.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Marcella rijke


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