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Piska korá hasá – pan fried red snapper fish

by jurinoignacio

The red snapper or Piska Kora (literally translated as ‘red fish’) is one of the most eaten fish species in the Antilles. Nowadays also well available in the Netherlands, for example in Surinamese tokos (in the freezer) or at large, Chinese tokos (raw – sometimes even alive!) This recipe is for the simple but delicious fried red snapper with a tasty sauce.

(recipe for 4 people)


  • 1kg red snapper – preferably whole fish, but slices are good too
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • sunflower or peanut oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tomato, in cubes
  • 1/2 madame jeanette pepper
  • 50 gr butter + 1 tablespoon of oil in which the fish is baked
  • 1 stock cube
    a cup of water


Clean the fish well. Remove any scales with a knife (first wet the fish so that the whole kitchen does not end up underneath the scales!) And remove the intestines.

Rinse the fish, pat dry with kitchen paper and sprinkle with the lime juice. Sprinkle with salt and let it dry well!

Then add the garlic cloves to a cold frying pan and add a large layer of oil. Now heat the oil and remove the garlic when it starts to discolour. Do not use the garlic again. (this is not to stick the fish to the bottom of the pan and for extra flavor)

When using whole fish, carve the sides of the fish three times with a knife, so that all pieces are cooked equally quickly.

Fry the fish at medium temperature until the outside becomes crispy. Let him finally drain on kitchen paper.

Serve the piská korá with funchi or rice, baked banana and a fresh salad.

Enjoy your meal!


First heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in which the fish baked with 1 tablespoon of butter.

Then add the onion and paprika and cook for 5 minutes on a low heat. Now add the tomato, the water and the stock cube.

Then let the sauce boil for about 30 minutes. Then add a Madame Jeanette pepper for extra flavor and heat. Finish the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the fish with fried banana, rice or funchi.

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