smoorvis -sThis very traditional South African recipe is made with smoked snoek, but you can use any smoked fish if you cannot find snoek. It is best served with bread and atjar or some grape jam.

I remember this dish from my childhood. In those days you couldn’t just go to the local on the corner to get some snoek. When my mom’s family visited from the Cape, they typically brought some smoked snoek for us, and this would appear on the table. Absolutely wonderful flavours, but the smoked snoek is the champion of the dish.


Smoked snoek, boned, skinned and flaked 500g
Cooked rice (I prefer Basmati) 500ml
Onions 2 large, sliced finely
Butter 50g/ 50ml
Vegetable oil 30ml
Potatoes 2 medium sized, cubed quite small
Tomatoes 2 large ripe, skinned and chopped
Chilis 2 red chilis, finely chopped (or 20ml chili powder)
Sultanas 60ml (optional but delicious)
Fresh Milled Pepper to taste
Lemon Juice of 1/2 a lemon

How we go about it:

  1. Use a large, heavy frying pan (our expensive rubbish pan works well). Fry the onion in butter and oil until golden brown.
  2. Add the potato, tomato, chili, sultanas and some pepper and cook until the potato starts to go golden
  3. Stir in the fish and the rice and cover. Cook gently until the potato is cooked through.
  4. Tip the Smoorvis into a hot serving dish and season with the lemon juice and garnish with some chopped parsley

A clipping from Ouma Mona’s cookbook.


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