Braai’ed snoek, a regional gamefish – Recipe

Snoek-Thyrsites atun

Snoek-Thyrsites atun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thyrsites atun, the “snoek” or “Cape snoek”, is a long, thin, perch-like commercial food fish belonging to the Gempylidae family. It is found in the seas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is also known in Australasia as barracouta though it is not related to the barracuda.

It can grow up to 200 centimetres (79 in) long and weigh as much as 6 kilograms (13 lb). It is found near continental shelves or around islands and feeds on crustaceans, cephalopods and small fish like anchovy and pilchard. This species will form schools near the bottom or midwater; sometimes even near the surface at night. It prefers sea water temperature between 13 °C (55 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F).

It is found off the coast of Namibia and the coast of the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa. It was originally called the “zee snoek” (Sea Snoek) by Dutch colonists who arrived in the Cape in 1652. It is said to have reminded them of the freshwater pike (or snoek) they found at home in the Netherlands. The snoek is widely distributed in the colder waters in the Southern Hemisphere. It is found from Namibe in Angola to Mossel Bay in South Africa, off Tristan da Cunha in the mid southern Atlantic and off Western Australia, where it is call the barracouta, off Chile and Argentina (where it is called the sierra).[1] Bluish-black on top with a silver belly, the snoek grows to over a metre in length. {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyrsites_atun}

Recipe – Braai’d Snoek
I always believe that cooking fish should be kept simple, dont over complicate the matter, why hide the natural flavour of fish, and Snoek is no different. You can buy them smoked or fresh, and what I like to do is Braai (barbeque) snoek in Swakopmund – Namibia, here i can source fresh snoek from a local fishmonger. its as easy as this:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Snoek
  • Salted Butter – depends on the size of your fish about 500g should do it
  • Apricot Jam – about 4 table spoons
  • Lemon juice – juice of 2 lemons
  • salt & pepper

Method:

So once your coals are ready, place some tin foil under your snoek which has been butterflied, dont close the fish in foil, then melt the butter with the apricot jam, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and brush the fish with your butter mixture, and place on the grill of your braai, and every so often brush your fish with the butter, apricot and lemon juice mixture. Braai until the flesh is falling off the bone.

 Serve with baked potato, salad…and a glass of good South African White wine.

 

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