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Discover the delights of fried snoek fish, a beloved seafood dish that combines the delicate flavors of the fish with a satisfying crispy texture. Snoek, a popular fish in South Africa, lends itself perfectly to frying, creating a mouthwatering meal that is both simple to prepare and incredibly delicious. Whether you’re hosting a seafood feast or craving a delightful weeknight dinner, this recipe for crispy fried snoek fish will surely satisfy your seafood cravings.

Fried Snoek Fish

Crispy fried snoek fish offers a delightful combination of delicate flavors and satisfying texture. With its crispy coating and tender fish inside, this dish is a seafood lover's dream. Whether enjoyed as a main course or served as part of a seafood platter, these fried snoek fish fillets are sure to impress your family and friends with their deliciousness. Get ready to indulge in a delightful seafood experience that will leave you wanting more.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • Deep fryer
  • Tongs
  • Paper towel


  • snoek fish
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • paprika
  • corn meal
  • vegetable oil


  • Prep the snoek fish fillets: Rinse the snoek fish fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. Season the fillets with salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes to enhance the flavors.
  • Prepare the coating: In a shallow dish, mix together equal parts all-purpose flour and cornmeal or breadcrumbs. Season the mixture with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Coat the snoek fillets: Dip each snoek fillet into the flour mixture, coating both sides evenly. Press gently to adhere the coating to the fish. Shake off any excess coating.
  • In a deep fryer or large deep skillet, heat vegetable oil to around 350°F (175°C). Make sure there is enough oil to submerge the fish fillets.
  • Carefully place the coated snoek fillets into the hot oil, in batches if necessary. Fry them for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Flip them once during cooking to ensure even browning.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the fried snoek fish fillets from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain excess oil. Let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Transfer the crispy fried snoek fish fillets to a serving platter. Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauce, lemon wedges, or traditional accompaniments like tartar sauce. The crispy coating and tender fish inside make for a delightful seafood experience.



Enjoy the crispy fried snoek fish as a main course, accompanied by side dishes like salad, chips, or roasted vegetables. Indulge in the flavors of this South African specialty and savor the crispy texture that adds a delightful twist to your seafood feast.
Snoek fish can be substituted with other firm white fish varieties, such as hake or cod, if snoek is not available in your area.
Ensure the oil is at the correct temperature before frying to achieve optimal crispiness.
Serve the fried snoek fish with your favorite dipping sauce or traditional accompaniments like lemon wedges or tartar sauce.


Serving: 200g
Keyword snoek fish
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