Pickled fish is an Easter tradition

The spirit of the pickled fish tradition is as alive as the aromatic smell of masala

On Good Friday many Capetonians indulge in pickled fish oblivious as to where the tradition originates from. Some say they simply follow the accepted custom because it was passed down by their parents. Others prepare this delicacy because they consider eating meat on Good Friday as “unholy”. Whatever the reason, the spirit of the pickled fish tradition is as alive as the aromatic smell of masala, spices and fried fish that fill numerous homes.

Pickled Fish Recipe (Serves 4)
Courtesy of the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

400g - 500g hake, kabeljou or any other firm white fish available
2t (10ml) Seasoned Sea Salt
2T (30ml) flour
Canola oil
2 onions, finely sliced into rings
½ cup (125ml) water
½ cup (125ml) cider or white wine vinegar
1t (5ml) turmeric
1t (5ml) Seasoned Sea Salt
1 x 200ml Yogurt with 1T curry mix
Fresh coriander

Cut the fish into bite sized pieces and season with salt. Heat oil in a frying pan, coat the fish in flour and fry for about ten minutes or until cooked. Set aside. Combine the onions, vinegar, water, turmeric and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Place cooled fish in a deep casserole or large jar and pour the sauce over. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve with curried yoghurt and fresh coriander.

Or, for those with a sweet tooth, try the pickled fish atop some delicious hot cross buns.

The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market is situated on the corner of Adam Tas and Oude Libertas in picturesque Stellenbosch. Open every Saturday 09:00-14:00. For more info, call +27 (0)21 886 8514.

To find out more about some of Cape Town’s most amazing markets, visit Best of Cape Town.

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