Snoek Patee

Jan Braai
Jan Braai

10 August 2021

500 g fresh snoek yields about 250–275 g cooked flaked snoek (bones and skins removed). Fresh fish loses quite a bit of moisture on the braai. Keep that in mind when you buy fresh snoek, especially for this recipe.If you, like me, are prone to snoek pâté cravings, you might sometimes need to make it even when you don’t have leftover braaied snoek on hand. What you do then is to just buy some smoked snoek at your local fishmonger or supermarket as it also works well if you dont have your own smoker on hand.


  • about 250 g braaied or smoked snoek
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tub plain cream cheese (usually about 230–250 g)
  • 2 tots mayonnaise
  • ½ tot parsley (finely chopped)
  • ½ tot chives (finely chopped)
  • salt and black pepper
  • sliced bread to serve (toasted on the fire, or freshly braaied roosterkoek)


  1. Remove all bones and skin from the snoek and then flake the fish thoroughly using your recently washed hands. Make sure you find and remove all the bones.
  2. Put the flaked snoek in a mixing bowl along with the lemon juice, cream cheese, mayonnaise, parsley and chives. Now use a fork and mix it into a smooth and spreadable paste.
  3. Taste the pâté and add salt and pepper if necessary. The amount of salt and pepper you need will obviously depend on how strongly the snoek was seasoned on the braai.
  4. Spread generously on roosterkoek or any other freshly baked or fire-toasted bread. Enjoy around the fire with a glass of white wine in your other hand.

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