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South African Smoked Snoek Pâté

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South African Smoked Snoek Pâté is a simple classic and so delicious treat.

In anticipation of having guests over for a braai (BBQ) or light and lunch this weekend, then you need to make this starter as it will go down extremely well when served with a selection of crackers, cheese, pickles, and fresh fruit.

What is another name for Snoek fish?

Its scientific name is Thyrsites atun and it is called the Barracouta in New Zealand and Australia – and this name gives you an idea of why it often a ‘game’ fish targeted by recreational line-fishers from ski-boats.

Is smoked Snoek healthy?

“Cape snoek is often seen as a low-value fish, but it is in fact a healthy, relatively cheap high-protein, low-fat food source that is high in ‘good’ omega-3 fatty acids,” Henning summarizes the findings. “Snoek is, therefore, an important and healthy source of protein,” adds Hoffman.

What does Snoek taste like?

Snoek is one of the great culinary pleasures of the Western Cape (the province surrounding Cape Town). The flesh is oily and presumably packed with all the health benefits that oily fish brings; the meat is firm and strongly flavored, rather like mackerel on steroids.

Similar Recipe 

Why not take a look and check out the other Smoked Snoek recipes we have on the blog?

Snoek Paté

This is a delicious and common dish for people in the Cape Town area and along the coast and usually enjoyed on bread or crackers!  Super delicious Snoek Paté

Yield: 250g bowl

A classic South African Smoked Snoek Pâté

South African Smoked Snoek Pâté in a white serving dish

Delicious homemade smoked snoek pate with toasted whole wheat bread.
In anticipation of having guests over for a braai (BBQ) or light and lunch this weekend, then you need to make this starter as it will go down well when you serve this smoked snoek pâté with a selection of crackers, cheese, pickles, and fresh fruit.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 250 g Deboned smoked snoek fish
  • 1 medium Red onion
  • 1 lemon - freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Nola sandwich cream OR fresh cream OR mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp peri-peri spice
  • 1 tsp Fisherman spice seasoning


Blend all above in the food processor until a smooth paste.

Serve on crackers or toasted bread


Prepared, tried, and tested Feriel Sonday from SA Tasty Recipes - Saffas Daily Recipes

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