What is Salted Fish-Poisson Salé?

Salted fish is fish cured with dry salt and thus preserved for later eating. Commonly known as Snoek, slated fish has a very distinctive taste. In Mauritius, the salted fish can be found in various dishes. From the popular rougaille to the fried rice or to simple a chatini accompanying another dish, the salted fish remains a must taste dish while visiting the beautiful island of Mauritius. If ever you want to try to cook some by yourself… Here is our selection of recipes just for you Creole food lovers.

Salted Fish Rougaille

The rougaille remains the most popular way of eating salted fish. It can be served accompanied with rice and pulses. Others might prefer it in bread and some might even want to eat it in their roti or dholl puri.


  • 250 g salted fish (snoek)
  • 2 medium chopped red tomatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1tsp garlic paste
  • 1 chopped green chilli (optional)
  • 25 ml tomato puree
  • chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil( 60 ml)


  1. Wash and boil the snoek for 5-10 minutes. Wash again to remove excess salt.
  2. Crumble to small size, removing the fish bones.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauced pan over a moderate heat. Fry the snoek until it has browned. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add onion in the same hot oil.
  5. Add garlic paste – chopped chilli-chopped tomatoes.
  6. Allow to simmer for some minutes. Add little water, cover to cook for 5-10 minutes
  7. Add the tomato and lemon juice(optional). Combine and cook until the sauce thickens
  8. Add the fried snoek, then sprinkle the coriander leaves. Remove from heat and serve!

Salted Fish Chatini (Chatini poisson salé)

“Chatini poisson salé” is a typical Mauritian dish which translates into fried salted fish salsa in english. It is usually eaten with rice, lentil soup or “bouillon bredes”. It is a spicier recipe of salted fish.


  • 250g salted fish
  • 2 medium size red onions
  •  6 small green chillies
  • 1 coriander
  • vinegar


  1. Put the salted fish in boiling water over the stove for 10 minutes to remove any impurities.
  2. Remove from boiling water, wash well, and remove all skins and fish bones.
  3. Shred salted fish into pieces, and dry well.
  4. Fry the fish in normal vegetable oil until brown.
  5. Sliced the onions as shown in the pictures, and marinate with salt for 2 minutes. Then wash the onions, and dry well – this process will remove the rawness in the onions.
  6. Chopped the coriander and chillies.
  7. Mix everything together, and add the vinegar in the end and stir well.

Fried rice with Salted Fish

Salty and savory, Salted Fish Fried Rice is so good, it can become addictive! You usually accompany it with a “Chatini Pomme D’amour”- tomato salsa. You will find it served in most Chinese restaurants around the island of Mauritius.


  • 3 cups of rice
  • 400 grams of salted fish
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 can of mushroom
  • Chinese chives
  • 1 omelette
  • Shrimp and chicken are optional


  1. Cook the rice and let cool then.
  2. Meanwhile, boil salted fish in a pan for about 15 minutes.
  3. Wash and cut the carrots and diced and finely chop the chives.
  4. Then crumble the fish and fry in a pan until they are golden brown.
  5. Cut the omelette into thin strips.
  6. Then fry the carrots for about 5 minutes.
  7. In the same pan, add the cooked rice, salted fish, mushrooms and peas.
  8. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle the dish with chopped chives and omelette.

If you want to add chicken and shrimp, you just need to stir fry them before adding them to the dish at stage 7.

Bon Appetit Biensure!