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AUNTY Sarah's Snoek


Aunty Sarah's Snoek

RECIPE: Aunty Sarah's Baked Snoek With Suurvygie and Lemon

Aunty Sarah Niemand lives in Buffeljagsbaai, a small fishing hamlet on the Cape's southern coast. Sarah was born here and hails from generations of proud women harvesters. Her very first memories are of going to pick sea grass and alikreukal from the rocks with her Ma and her Ouma. HerE she shares her recipe for snoek basted in the suurVygie Jam from her coastal pantry 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Works well with:  Snoek, any Fish With A Story

Easy weekday


4-6 Snoek portions (Fish With A Story)

1 tbsp olive oil

5 tbsp Suurvygie Jam

zest & juice of 1 lemon

salt & pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  2. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Pop the fillets onto the tray and season well.

  3. Mix the jam with the lemon and stir well. Brush half over the fish and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until fish flakes.

  4. Drizzle over the remaining jam and lemon, and serve with rice and salad.

TIP: This recipe is also so easy peasy for the braai. Use either on fillets or a side of snoek, and cook until caramelised (about 8-10 minutes).


Recipe credit:
Sarah Niemand
, or Aunty Sarah , founded the Blinkwater Co-operative with her husband Daniel. This co-operative works with the sea and the basket of local marine resources in their ecosystem.
 Sarah makes a range of traditional coastal products and uses the ABALOBI MARKETPLACE to supply these Coastal Pantry products directly to consumers. This supports her family and many other members of her immediate community.

The sea means everything to me. It has a spiritual significance for me, it is a part of me. Living off the sea is our culture and customary practice here in Buffeljagsbaai. It has long been our source of food, because in our small village there are no shops, there is no butchery, not even a school. The sea provides everything for us. ... 


Aunty Sarah Niemand, traditional fisherwomAn, Buffeljagsbaai, South Africa
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