Recipe courtesy of Siba Mtongana

Rooibos-Smoked Snoek

Getting reviews...
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min (includes curing time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
Share This Recipe






  1. For the snoek: First make a salt cure for the fish. In a blender, blitz together the salt, sugar, rosemary and lemon peel. Coat the flesh of the fish in the mixture and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Line a wok with kitchen foil and put a handful of hay on top. Sprinkle over some of the rooibos. Place on a moderate heat until it starts to smoke. Remove the excess cure from the fish, then place in a bamboo steamer over the wok. Pop on the lid and turn down the heat. Smoke until the fish is just cooked, turning halfway, about 15 minutes. Remove the skin and bones from the fish and flake into large pieces.
  3. For the dressing: Pour the hanepoot and vinegar into a saucepan together with the rooibos tea. Place on a low heat and simmer gently to infuse for a few minutes. Meanwhile, remove the seeds from the prickly pear and reserve, discarding the rest. Remove the infusion from the heat and strain through a small sieve into a bowl. Add the prickly pear seeds and olive oil and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper and set to one side.
  4. For the salad: Toss together the cucumbers, fennel, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
  5. To serve, add a smear of sour cream onto a plate, followed by the salad. Add the flakes of snoek. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.

Cook’s Note

Snoek is an oily fish similar to mackerel or bluefish.

Fudge Factor

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Nostalgic, Old-Fashioned and Retro Candy and Candy Bars

Take a sweet trip down memory lane by ogling these old-school candy bars and confections.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Valentine's Day Four-Ingredient Dessert Feb 12, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

The best part of this Valentine's Day dessert? It requires only four ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar.

Meatless Monday: Chocolate For Dinner Feb 13, 2012

By: Michelle Buffardi

Celebrate Meatless Monday and Valentine's Day (a day early) with Bobby Flay's Poached Eggs in Mole Sauce.

Meet the Magical Mega Cakes from Choccywoccydoodah

Cake + chocolate + crazy talent = the coolest confectionery in Brighton, England.

How to Make Truffles

Learn how to make a chocolate lover's favorite treat: the classic truffle made from smooth chocolate ganache.