Learn about African food, history and culture

Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history. Established 2008 Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet are learning tools to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.


Welcome from Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet

A lion that is caged will hate the one that is free. - with love from your ancestors

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Melayu Cape Pickled Fish Recipe

South African special occasion dish, Melayu Cape or Cape Malay Pickled Fish gets its flavor from ten herbs and spices along with a 24-hour soak in a spicy curry brine.

Cape Malay Pickled Fish

A South African Easter dish, Cape Malay Pickled Fish gets its flavor from spices and a 24-hour soak in curried brine.
Cape Malay Pickled Fish Recipe
2 pounds filleted yellowtail or any firm white fish
2 cups white-wine vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons ground curry powder
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon salt
5 whole black peppercorns
5 whole coriander seeds
4 large onions finely sliced
6 dried bay leaves
2 hot peppers
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup vegetable oil


Fry fish in hot oil until cooked and drain on paper towel. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, and spices in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the onions, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes. 

Drain the pickling liquid into a clean saucepan and bring to the boil. Mix a little of the pickling liquid into the flour to form a thin paste, stir into the sauce and simmer lightly for two minutes to thicken slightly. 

Layer fish and the pickling mixture in a serving dish. Allow to cool then cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Serve with vegetables, rice and baked bread.

Did you know?

During Apartheid years, the Coloreds as Cape Malayan people were known as had a midpoint position between blacks and the whites in South African society. The current Cape Malay population is small, less than 300,000 people most of who are Muslim.

Share this page


Search Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet for more information about Africa ... ...

Getting Your Goat

Easy Goat-Meat-Recipes Cookbook
cover art: serving dishes, cooking goat
Getting Your Goat: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Goat Meat with Original Recipes and Classic Stories -
Paperback by
Price: $12.99 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Publisher: Amazon Company - July 1, 2012 Language: English ISBN-10: 1492995630

Chic African Culture Featured Articles

Find your true life work in Africa.

A bird sits on a tree it likes - African Proverb