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Curried Pickled Fish Recipe

18 Apr 2019 LIFESTYLE

By Motlagae Konyana

This long Easter weekend is all about family, friends and incredible food.  Here is a great curry pickled fish recipe that would make your Easter lunch the talk of the town and impress your guests.



  • 5kg white fish fillets (like hake), skin and bones removed
  • 80ml cake flour
  • sunflower oil, for frying


  • 750ml white grape vinegar
  • 250ml water
  • 250ml sugar
  • 60ml apricot jam
  • 15ml turmeric
  • 30ml mild curry powder
  • 5ml salt
  • 4 onions, sliced into rings (loosen the rings)
  • 6 lemon leaves (optional)
  • 3cm ginger, finely grated
  • 15ml cake flour
  • soft white bread rolls, sliced, to serve



  1. Cut the fish into portions and dust with flour. Heat a layer of oil in a large frying pan and fry the fish on both sides until cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  2. For the sauce, bring the vinegar, water, sugar, jam, turmeric, curry powder and salt to a boil. Add the onions, lemon leaves and ginger. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the onions are cooked, but still crunchy.
  3. Mix a little of the sauce into the flour until smooth paste forms, then mix it into the rest of the sauce. Stir on high heat until it thickens.
  4. Layer the fish and onions in a glass dish. Pour the sauce over. Cover, cool and then refrigerate for 2-3 days before serving with rolls.


* The fish became a symbol for Christianity in the early days of the post-apostolic church. It frequently is found carved on the walls of the catacombs beneath the ancient city of Rome.