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Snoek - South Africa’s Seafood Secret

"the best way to serve it is the traditional Cape way"

Snoek is a South African line fish that is a favourite amongst the locals for a number of reasons. First, it is very easy to catch. Second, it is very affordable - it is always one of the cheapest fish on the menu in any restaurant even the high class ones (and it has become wildly popular all over the world). This is partly due to its taste - salty and rich - and partly due to the fact that it is so versatile. Almost any preparation technique can be used to prepare snoek, and it is readily served as a pate, fresh, dried and salted, and even as biltong (a South African delicacy where meat is dried and spiced). However, the best way to serve it is the traditional Cape way, which is discussed in detail below.

What you need:

·         1 lemon

·         Lots of garlic

·         Butter

·         Apricot jam

·         Snoek

This really is the easiest recipe in the world. Take all of the above ingredients (except the actual snoek) and boil them together in a pot - they should form a thick sauce. Have the snoek butterfly cut, and keep the skin on. Place the snoek inside a large piece of foil, double the size of the fish. Pour the sauce onto the fish, and then wrap the foil around it so that it creates an airtight pouch. Put this pouch onto a grill. It will swell, steaming the fish. Serve with fresh bread. Then enjoy!