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6 Fundamental tips for a lekker fish braai - which you're probably not having often enough

A fish braai is bound to become a tradition in your household once you've mastered these handy tips.

by: Robyn Brittow | 17 Oct 2018
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We know it's not as easy as just firing up the coals and slapping a freshly caught snoek on the grill. Fish cooks much faster than red meat and chicken and without the proper tools, temperature and preparation, it could lead to disappointment. Fret not as Food24 is here to save the day, and help you make the ultimate braaied fish (that you may even enjoy more than boerewors!)


Keep the skin on the fish to prevent it from falling apart. If you’re scared of this happening anyway, wrap your fish in foil or newspaper to keep it intact. If braaing your fish directly on the braai grid, lightly brush the fish with oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill.

Fish skewers with chunky tomato salad


Rub your fish with herbs and spices and don’t be afraid to stuff a whole fish with garlic, fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary or dill and lemon slices.

seasoning fish

Try our lip-smacking recipes for homemade chutney when basting your fish.


Get rid of the tongs for this braai and use a metal egg lifter to turn your fish. 

lifting fish


You want your fish to cook at a moderately hot temperature, never on an open flame. This will result in burnt skin and a raw middle. And not for long as we've mentioned. 

How to know if your fish is ready

The fish should have evenly changed in colour and the flesh should separate into flakes.

To serve 

Freshly braaied fish goes perfectly with any of these 3 perfect potato salads or any summery salad you fancy.   

What's your fundamental fish braai tip? Let us know in the comments!

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