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
- Deep fryer
- Paper towel
- snoek fish
- black pepper
- lemon juice
- 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.