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Exploring the Delights of Angelfish: A super Sustainable Seafood Option

by | May 31, 2024 | Recipes, Uncategorised | 0 comments

The world’s oceans offer an abundant variety of marine life, presenting seafood enthusiasts with a diverse range of delectable options. Among these treasures is the Angelfish, celebrated for its delicate flavor and versatility in the kitchen. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the realm of Angelfish, examining its sustainability, culinary attributes, cooking techniques and one of my favourite recipe.

Angelfish sustainability and sassi classification

Sustainability is a crucial consideration when it comes to seafood consumption, and Angelfish stands out as a responsibly harvested option. Classified under the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), Angelfish is listed as Green. This designation indicates that it is a sustainable choice with healthy population levels and minimal environmental impact.

By choosing Angelfish, consumers can enjoy their culinary delights with the assurance that they are supporting sustainable fishing practices and contributing to the preservation of marine ecosystems.

Culinary characteristics of Angelfish

Angelfish boasts a mild, slightly sweet flavor with a firm texture that holds up well to various cooking methods. Its flesh is succulent and flaky, making it a versatile ingredient in a wide range of dishes.

When cooked, Angelfish exhibits a delicate, buttery texture with a subtle taste reminiscent of shellfish. Its mild flavor profile makes it an excellent canvas for a variety of seasonings and sauces, allowing chefs to experiment with different flavor combinations to suit their preferences.

Cooking techniques for Angelfish

Angelfish lends itself well to a myriad of cooking techniques, each highlighting its unique texture and flavor. Here are a few popular methods:

  1. Braaing: Braaing enhances its natural flavors and imparts a smoky aroma. Season the fillets with your favorite herbs and spices, then grill over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  2. Baking: Baking is a simple and fuss-free way to prepare Angelfish. Place seasoned fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil, and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 5-6 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Pan-Searing: Pan-searing creates a golden-brown crust while locking in moisture. Heat a pan over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of oil, and sear the seasoned fillets for 1-2 minutes on each side, until crispy and cooked through.
  4. Steaming: Steaming is a gentle cooking method that preserves the delicate flavor and texture of the fish. Place seasoned fillets in a steamer basket over simmering water, cover, and steam for 3-4 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily.

Recipe: Angelfish and broccoli salad

I just love fish pared with salad and the delicate Angelfish goes so well with the creamy feta and toasted almonds in this combo. This salad uses 400g deboned and skinned fillets that can be ordered online here

Angelfish served with a feta, broccoli and almond salad
Angelfish served with a feta, broccoli and almond salad
For the salad
  • 2 Angelfish filleted (around 400g)
  • 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
For the dressing
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your pan to medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil.

2. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides.

3. Pan fry the fillets for about 1 – 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through and flaky. Remove from the pan and let cool slightly.

4. Meanwhile, blanch the broccoli florets in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.

5. In a large bowl, combine the blanched broccoli florets, sliced red onion, toasted sliced almonds, and crumbled feta cheese.

6. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

8. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.

9. Serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges on the side.

10. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious salad!

This salad is light, flavorful, and packed with protein and vitamins. It makes a perfect main course for lunch or a refreshing side dish for dinner.


Angelfish offers seafood lovers a sustainable and delicious option for culinary exploration. With its mild flavor, firm texture, and versatility in the kitchen, this prized species is sure to delight palates and inspire culinary creativity. Whether grilled, baked, pan-seared, or steamed, angelfish is a seafood delicacy that shines in a variety of dishes, making it a worthy addition to any seafood lover’s repertoire.

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