Pickled Fish. Picture: Fatima Sydow
An easy pickled fish recipe.


10-15 pieces of fish

6/8 large onions chopped into rings

1 cup of water

1 cup of vinegar

5 bay leaves

Some peppercorns

Coriander seeds

½ cup of sugar

2 tsp of salt

2 tablespoons of Masala

2 teaspoons of turmeric

Some cake flour

You may use pickled fish Masala


Season fish with 1 tsp of salt and fish Masala and some turmeric or roasted Masala.

Dip the seasoned fish in a little cake flour and then fry in shallow oil about two minutes on each side depending on thickness of fish. Place in a big bowl and put aside.

In a medium sized pot on high heat, add a cup of water and a cup of vinegar, five bay leaves and some peppercorns, 2 teaspoons of turmeric and 2 tbsp of fish Masala or roasted Masala (pickle fish Masala you may use) and 1½ tsp of salt.

Bring to the boil and add six to eight onions that has been chopped/ringed.

Add half a cup of sugar.

Simmer for 8 minutes until all the flavours has infused into onions.

Take off heat and pour over the fish in a bowl. Wait to cool. Cover and place in fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy.


Do not cook onions for too long or fry them, this is a pickle, meaning the onion should still have a tiny bit of crunch to it.