The Seychelles archipelago is a unique travel destination. Apart from the fact that it has a legendary charm and offers many relaxing activities, it enjoys an extraordinary gastronomic heritage. Seychelles cuisine is rich in colour and flavour, a true discovery and a pleasure for the eyes and taste buds. Be aware that you can enjoy all the culinary specialities of the country during a catamaran cruise.
What are the ingredients used by the Seychelles?
Seychelles cuisine is made up of Indian dishes with oriental spices. It was born from the fusion of French, British, Indian, African and Asian cuisines. To take this into account, it is a mixed cuisine. It is called Creole cuisine.
Seychelles cuisine is a land and sea association. This gives it a unique appearance and unparalleled flavour. The ingredients used are varied. Since the archipelago is located in the heart of the ocean, seafood products are included in most recipes.
The native population uses about 800 species of fish and shellfish. The freshness of the products is ensured by fishing them in the surrounding waters. Among the best known are the captain, tuna, sea bream, barracuda, king mackerel, shrimp, lobster and squid.
Sharks, octopus, shoemakers, old people, tec-tecs and clams are also consumed in large quantities in the Seychelles. The same applies to beef and chicken.
Tuber roots also have a prominent place in Creole cuisine. The Seychelles mainly use cassava and sweet potatoes. For the accompaniment, rice is omnipresent.
As mentioned above, Creole dishes are decorated with exotic spices and aromatic herbs. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, ginger, lemongrass, red peppers and tamarind are the most popular.
What are the emblematic dishes of the Seychelles?
To begin with, we need to talk about the rougail. It is a seafood-based dish that is enjoyed with spicy tomato sauce. Fish curry is also a traditional dish that is regularly consumed by Aboriginal people. It is prepared with fresh fish and curry.
Berry curry or roasted bourgeois are also popular dishes. For seasoning, a dash of lime is sufficient. This helps to soften the taste of seafood.
The tec-tecs, small shellfish that are hunted on fine sandy beaches, are used to prepare a delicious soup. It can be enjoyed at will in all the islands of the archipelago and you can also enjoy it during a catamaran cruise in the Seychelles.
Now, let’s talk about the rather original dishes. The Satini rekin or chutney shark is at the top of the list. It’s a shark skin recipe. The preparation is quite delicate. The shark skin is first boiled. Then it is finely chopped and cooked in the juice of a pressed bilimbi. It is a fruit similar to pickles. It has a tangy taste. Following this preparation, the skin becomes soft. All that remains is to eat it with fried onion combined with some spices. The chutney shark is mainly served as an accompaniment to a main course. In any case, its flavour is authentic.
You should also know that in the Seychelles, sea snails are used to prepare an exceptional dish. To enhance their taste, we use a flavoured fruit called jaque or garlic. It all depends on the season.
Zurite curry is one of the most popular dishes in the archipelago. Small diced octopuses are the main ingredients of the recipe. They are mixed with grated coconut, a few cloves of garlic, spices, herbs, salt, sugar and concentrated tomato.
If you have not yet tasted bat meat, it is used to prepare a well-known dish in the Seychelles, including dogfish curry. Apparently, it tastes like beef. The dish is savoured with a mazavarou, a sauce made with red peppers, ginger, garlic and boiling oil.
Still on the list of unusual dishes are dull eggs or swallows. There is also coconut curry, a meat or fish stew cooked in a spicy sauce and coconut milk; not to mention dhal, which is a yellow lentil puree.
It should be noted that the Seychelles produce different vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, pepper, cabbage and pumpkin. They use it to make several typical Creole recipes. The most famous is the vegetable pie that you can taste with a spicy sauce. There is also the broth of breeds made from Chinese cabbage.
In this mixed cuisine, salads are also an important part of the menu. They are served with fish, sweet potatoes, rice or tapioca. Palm kernel salad is highly recommended. It is based on coconut heart. The billionaire’s salad prepared with palm hearts is also to be discovered.
We must also talk about the ladob. The dish is made with simple ingredients and available in abundance in all the islands of the archipelago. These include fish, cassava, plantain and breadfruit.
What do the Seychellois have for dessert?
Seychelles produces a wide variety of tropical fruits such as mangoes, coconuts, papayas, pineapples, corossols, jamalacs and beef hearts. The local population often transforms them into juice, marmalades or sorbets.
But they are also used in the preparation of salads, mousse, tarts and other delicious desserts. Among the recipes to be tested are pumpkin fritters coated with vanilla syrup and flambéed bananas.
Banana kat-kat is also a typical Seychelles dessert. It is prepared with banana and tuna, dipped in salted and peppered coconut milk. The Seychelles also love boiled or fried bananas with coconut milk.
Also to be discovered during your stay in the Seychelles, the sweet ladob version. It’s a famous dessert. It is prepared with very ripe plantain banana, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, corossol and manioc. The ingredients are boiled with sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and nutmeg.
Finally, don’t forget to try manioc pudding or manioc cake. It is a very popular dessert in the country. It is prepared with tapioca cooked with grated coconut, sweet potatoes, wild raspberries and honey.
Typical Seychelles drinks
First of all, it should be noted that Seychelles does not produce wine. This is why this product is expensive. Wines served in restaurants and sold in local shops are often imported from South Africa.
However, the country has many traditional drinks that will delight your taste buds. We must start with Seybrew, a local beer that is regularly consumed by the inhabitants. It is served in restaurants and hotels.
Coco d’Amour liqueur is also a flagship drink in the Seychelles. It is based on sweet coconut milk.
If you spend some time with the locals, you will have the chance to taste the calou, a wine with a sweet or sour taste and toddy. These are alcoholic beverages made with fermented coconut oil. There is also pineapple rum or bacca.
Lemonade, ginger beer, tonic water and bitter lemon are also consumed in large quantities in the Seychelles.
For those who don’t like alcohol too much, cocktails prepared with fresh fruit are a real delight. There is something for everyone. Finally, like the British, the Seychellois also drink tea. Even though it is a popular beverage.
The key places to discover Seychelles cuisine
Would you like to have a gastronomic stay and therefore enjoy all the Seychelles’ culinary specialities? You have to book a table in a restaurant. Most establishments rely on the buffet formula. You will not have any trouble finding rates within your reach.
Preparing meals yourself with the guide of a native of the archipelago is also a good idea. However, this requires time and will. So, for a short stay, it is far from being practical.
To discover the archipelago while enjoying its culinary specialities, the solution is to take a boat cruise with a skipper. You will be served the emblematic dishes of the Seychelles during the walk. Moreover, it is an original and pleasant way to spend your stay.
A gastronomic cruise with Aquatic II
The catamaran cruise promises to be an unforgettable adventure with our Aquatic II. Not only can you enjoy the landscape and all the water activities available in the Seychelles, but you will also have the chance to enjoy local dishes.
As soon as you arrive on board the Aquatic II, a Lagoon 440 built by an expert, the skipper will welcome you with a welcome cocktail. At the same time, you can plan the itinerary.
During the trip, cooking it aboard the catamaran will introduce you to the dishes for which Seychelles is famous. He will prepare meals with the fish you have just caught in the ocean.
While waiting for lunch or dinner time, you can relax and have fun. Alternatively, you can attend the preparation to learn some lessons.
In fact, the cruise will be done according to your wishes and your rhythm. The skipper and the cook are only there to guide you and serve you in order to make the trip more pleasant and safe. Would you like to taste the best specialities of the archipelago? Book your catamaran cruise with skipper online now!