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salt-baked fish with a story


salt-baked fish with a story

RECIPE: salt-baked fish with A Story

Chef Margot Janse shares her recipe for salt-baked Fish With A Story. This recipe works beautifully with Yellowtail, but equally well with other linefish. serve with boiled baby potatoes and home-made tomato smoor.


Serves: 6–8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Works well with: Yellowtail, any Fish With A Story

Easy weekday, Effortless entertaining


1 whole Yellowtail, or other Fish With A Story

1 lemon, thinly sliced

2.5 kg coarse sea salt

4 egg whites


  1. Pat the fish dry and fill the cavity with a handful of coriander and thin slices of lemon

  2. Mix the sea salt with the egg whites and a few drops of water. The mixture needs to stick together.

  3. Spread half the mixture in an oven-proof tray – approximately the size of the fish. Lay the yellowtail on top and cover completely with the remaining salt mix.

  4. Bake in a hot oven at 180°C for 30 minutes. Remove the tray and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

  5. Crack the salt crust by tapping it with the back of a knife. Once broken, carefully remove the salt crust, lift the skin off the fish and remove the cooked flesh carefully, as not to touch the salt.

  6. Serve with some boiled baby potatoes and a home-made tomato smoor.




Recipe credit:
Chef Margot Janse


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