• 1 Snoek, fresh or frozen, cleaned and butterflied as a whole fish
  • 100gm apricot jam
  • 100gm Kerrygold Pure Irish Salted Butter
  • Zest and juice of an orange
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt & coarsely ground pepper
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Chopped parsley to serve (optional)


Recipe by @drizzleanddip

Braaied snoek is an institution in the Western Cape. The sweetness of the basting goes perfectly with the oiliness & saltiness of the fish. The length of cooking time will depend on the size of the fish. Baste frequently and generously. Serve the remaining butter basting with the fish on the side. Snoek can also be cooked on a griddle pan. Simply cut the butterflied fish to size.
  1. Combine the apricot jam, butter, orange juice & zest, thyme and smoked paprika in a small pot and melt until just bubbling.
  2. Brush the basting liberally over the snoek and season with salt & pepper. 
  3. Place snoek over medium heat coals or under oven on grill. This can also be cooked on a griddle pan (just cut to fit). 
  4. Cook on each side for about 6 – 8 minutes depending on size. 
  5. Continue to baste the snoek frequently.
  6. The fish will be ready after 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges and crusty white bread & more Kerrygold butter. 
Note: If you have a very large snoek, increase the butter and apricot jam to 150gm.

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