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smoorvis with a story


smoorvis with a story

RECIPE: Smoorvis with a story

A South African dish traditionally prepared with snoek, but any smoked fish may be used. Yellowtail also works brilliantly! Serve it with homemade brown bread and atjar or grape jam.


Serves: 5–6

Prep time: 5–10 minutes

Cooking time: 15–20 minutes

Works well with: Yellowtail, Snoek, any leftover Fish With A Story


Tip: Use purposefully smoked or leftover braai'ed fish for this recipe.


500 g smoked Fish With A Story, boned, skinned & flaked 

500 ml cooked rice 

2 onions, finely sliced 

50 g butter 

30 ml sunflower oil 

2 potatoes, peeled & cut into tiny dice 

2 large, ripe tomatoes, skinned & chopped 

1–2 chillies, very finely chopped, or 2–5 ml chilli powder 

60 ml sultanas (optional) 

ground black pepper  

lemon juice, to serve

chopped parsley, to serve


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large, heavy frying pan and saut'ee onion until golden brown.

  2. Add potato, tomato, chilli, sultanas and pepper and cook for a little longer until the potato starts to brown. 

  3. Mix in the fish and rice, cover and cook gently over low heat until the potato is cooked through. 

  4. Tip the smoorvis into a hot serving dish, season with a good squeeze of lemon juice and garnish with chopped parsley.



Recipe credit:
Tamsin Snyman Publishers


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