Sea Bream Chakalaka

Chakalaka is a traditional South African dish origining in Johannesburg that is made of up tomatoes, onions, beans and curry paste. It was meal that miners would make as they came off their shift that was cheap and quick but over time, it has become a dish that can be eaten on its own or served with bread, seafood and the south african braai (BBQ). It can be served hot or eaten cold. It can be used as a side dish or, in this case, a main dish.

As a parent I like to make the most of goods and sometimes that means being frugal in my spending but that doesnt mean you can't eat well. Chakalaka is primarily a meat free dish but for this, I added two fillets of fresh Sea Bream from Fish Brothers Fishmongers, who are based in Linlithgow and have been delivering fresh seafood throughout lockdown.

This will feed a family of for under for less than £7 (that £1.75 per person).

If you don't have any fish available, it works out at roughly £4.40 for a family of four ( £1.10 per person)

I like to shop in Lidl because of the price, plain and simple. It is cheap and cheerful and whilst I try my utmost best to cook with locally sourced seasonal produce, my bank account can also determine where I shop. You can obviously shop anywhere you want but as a rough guide price, I wanted to break down the cost of this meal.

I used the Chakalaka Seasoning from Peak Blends, which added an incredible well rounded warm spiciness to the entire dish. It is far from hot so if you are not a fan of spicy or hot foods then you will still enjoy this.

Please give it a try and let me know what you think:

Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes


2 x Sea Bream fillets ( £4 price may vary)

1 tin chopped tomatoes (35p)

1 tin baked beans, 420g (29p)

2 Large carrots, grated (bag of carrots cost 95p)

2 sweet pointed peppers, chopped (95p)

White cabbage, shredded (95p)

Red Cabbage, shredded (95p)

Celery, chopped (39p)

1 red onion, diced - 29p

4 tbsp Chakala Seasoning

1 tbsp oil


Preheat grill to a medium heat (180c) and prepare all of your vegetables. For the cabbage I used 150g of the Red and White Cabbage.

In a saucepan, add a glug of oil and transfer your onion. Let it gently sweat over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until soft. Next, add the cabbage, peppers, celery and carrot to the pan and let everything soften. Add 2 tsp of Chakalaka seasoning to the vegetables and stir through.

Add the chopped tomatoes and baked beans to the pan and mix well. Add another 2 tsp of Chakalaka seasoning to the mix, stir and reduce the heat. Let everything stew together to combine all of the flavours and spices.

With 5 minutes left of cooking, oil both sides of the Sea Bream fillets and place on the grill (skin side down. Grill for two minutes either side before transferring to your Chalakala, where you can either serve the fish whole or flake it into the dish.


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