RECIPE: Try this pickled fish with a twist this Easter

Pomegranate Pickled Fish. Picture: Supplied

Pomegranate Pickled Fish. Picture: Supplied

Published Mar 20, 2024


With Easter around the corner, many home cooks are already working on their menus for the weekend.

For many Good Friday is all about seafood treats and on the top of the list is pickled fish.

If you’re going to make pickled fish this year why not try something a little bit different?

Chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit, from Salt restaurant at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, have put together a slight twist to a classic Easter dish with their Pomegranate Pickled Fish recipe.

This unusual dish, which serves six people, will have you begging for more.

Pomegranate Pickled Fish. Picture: Supplied

Pomegranate Pickled Fish


1 kg Yellowtail, skinned

200 ml vegetable oil

500 g sliced onions

15 ml quality masala

5 ml fennel seeds

5 ml coriander seeds

5 ml black peppercorns

4 whole cloves

4-5 bay leaves

125 gr dried apricots and sultanas

500 ml white or red wine (red wine gives fish a deeper colour)

10 ml coarse salt

75 ml white wine vinegar

30 ml brown sugar

seeds of 1 large pomegranate


Preheat oven to 200°C.

Place fish in a baking dish, allowing space for sauce.

Cook onions for 30 minutes, until they become sweet.

Stir in masala, fennel, coriander, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves, and fry for 30 seconds before adding apricots, sultanas, wine and salt.

Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Add vinegar and sugar and pour sauce over the fish.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Cool completely and refrigerate for at least a day.

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