Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
This South African dish keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week. The fish is cooked first, and then pickled. It's served cold with a green salad and crisp rolls. The source is Africhef.com. and it's slightly modified.
- 2 lbs yellowtail fish fillets, scaled and fileted, skin left on
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 large onions, sliced in rings
- kosher salt
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 8 peppercorns
- 4 cloves
- 4 allspice berries
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon masala (curry powder)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- oil, as needed for frying
- Firm up the flesh of the fish by sprinkling salt on both sides of the filet and letting it stand in a glass bowl for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse the salt off the filet under running water. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut the fish into serving portions leaving the skin attached.
- Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fish until cooked through. (Do not coat the fish with flour or batter.).
- Place the rest of the ingredients in a large pot, and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and make sure it does not burn on the bottom of the pot. Simmer for approximately 8 minutes until the onions are cooked but still crisp.
- Layer the pieces of fish and the sauce and onions alternately in a ceramic or glass serving-dish. The last layer of fish should be covered with sauce.
- Refrigerate for up to a week. Best to make at least 6 hours before serving.
Thanks Nan for posting this recipe! I had very good results & my Mum made it too, so we compared notes on it's authenticity!! It was delicious - not quite as I remembered it, but dishes like this don't always travel well, mainly as I could not get hold of yellowtail fish fillets. I used a local meaty type of fish instead called Julienne, which is a Halibut type fish. I am thrilled to have such a good recipe for pickled fish however, and I have saved it in my Fish & Seafood cookbook. In the future I will change it very slightly by adding slightly less vinegar & slightly more sugar; I remember it as being a bit more on the sweet side than the sour side! Many thanks for posting it and sending me the link! Great!
This was very good ! I didn't know that that the fish can be firmed up just by sprinkling it with salt and let it sit for 20 -25 min. Thanks for the new found knowledge and a great recipe.
The fish I used was a yellow fin tuna. I made it last night and we will be having it later as a late afternoon snack. It is very good. And we will have it with a small salad. I love that it will keep for a week. Very easy recipe to follow. Thanks!