Several things make the Seychelles islands famous. The beaches would be at the top of most people’s lists because of their warm blue waters, dazzling white sand, palm trees, and—well, you get the idea.
The Seychelles cuisine is another aspect that most visitors fall in love with while on these islands. And there’s a valid explanation behind that. There is something here for every taste bud and palette, from locally grown fruit to fiery curries to sweet fried bananas.
Here are some classic Seychelles dishes you should taste when you visit the islands, listed in no particular order.
Fresh grilled fish
Numerous tropical fish species may be found in the Seychelles, which local fishermen will sell to you either in the market in Victoria or on the side of the road, straight from the boat. Conch shell blowing is the classic signal that fish has just been brought ashore for sale, so keep an ear out for it.
Fish is frequently cooked over hot coals of a BBQ, often with coconut husks as a fire starter to give the fish a beautiful aroma and flavor.
The fish is typically prepared simply by making a few slits down the side and stuffing it with garlic, ginger, and chilies before grilling it to perfection. Barracuda are particularly well done in this style.
Salted fish, or Pwason Sale as the locals refer to it, is still accessible if you know where to search, despite its decreased popularity over time. Food preservation was difficult due to the lack of refrigeration until far into the 20th century, thus various preservation methods, such as pickling and salting, were employed to keep the product edible.
Poisson Sale, or salted fish, is exactly what it sounds like: fish that has been heavily salted and then allowed to dry in the sun. When it’s time to cook, you soak it for a while, squeeze out some of the salt, and then use it just like any other ingredient.
I won’t lie to you: this can be considered to be an acquired taste. The flavor is extremely salty and extremely fishy at the same time. You’ll probably be in heaven if you like anchovies. If you detest anchovies, you might prefer the curry.
The humble lentil is an often neglected meal, but it is an essential side component of a classic Seychelles curry feast. Red lentils are a well-liked staple food in Seychelles and are frequently served as a side dish. These are frequently cooked for a very long period with garlic, onion, and ginger, producing a mixture that is mostly yellow.
Although it may not seem particularly appetizing, this dish is quite excellent. Certainly include some if you have the option to do so.
“Sosis rougay,” often known as sausage rougay, is one of my all-time favorite recipes. As the name implies, this is a sausage-based dish with a thick tomato and onion sauce that typically also includes garlic, ginger, and chili.
The sort of sausage, however, is the key to a delicious sausage rougay. This meal should ideally be prepared with locally produced coarse-cut salty sausage. This gives the meal its distinctive flavor and has a texture that is somewhat akin to Tuscan sausage. Other ingredients can be added to rougay, which is one of my favorite Seychelles dishes.
Anything containing banana
As of the last count, there are at least 23 different species of bananas living in the Seychelles. There is a banana size for everyone, ranging from tiny, sweet little bananas to enormous plantains that need to be cooked. And after tasting a banana that has just been picked, you’ll wonder how you ever survived on the grocery variety back home.
Bananas are a vital component of many meals, most notably desserts. My favorite way to prepare bananas is to fry them in butter and sugar until they become a huge, sticky mass like toffee. Banann ladob, also known as bananas baked with coconut milk and sugar, is another traditional dish. In addition to serving them straight up, you may also find them fried as chips or flambeed with rum or brandy. Delicious in every respect!
In terms of its ability to be used in cooking, think of breadfruit as being roughly equivalent to a large potato. Therefore, you can boil, roast, mash, and sauté it. The traditional breadfruit “ladobe” can even be prepared as a dessert by cooking it in coconut milk and sugar.
The absolute best way to eat breadfruit, in my opinion, is to simply place it whole (they are fairly large), with the tough skin still on, into the embers of your fire, surrounded by coconut husks, and leave it there for about 45 minutes. Once the skin is charred, crack it open to reveal the steaming creamy white flesh inside.
Then you would typically slather it with salt and pork grease and eat it, but nowadays many find butter to be a more than suitable replacement. Remember the Creole proverb that states that if you have eaten breadfruit in Seychelles, you will undoubtedly visit the islands again?
Where to Find Traditional Creole Food from Seychelles?
Seychelles food offers a wide range of flavors and tastes that are both unique and traditional. As a guest of Seychelles, you have a variety of places to sample authentic Creole cuisine.
At a nearby bed and breakfast
We’ve discovered that eating at a locally run guesthouse or self-catering facility where the proprietors provide meals as an added option is an excellent way to have locally produced Seychelles food.
We stayed at two self-catering hotels in the Seychelles, where we had the option to order meals. This was completely authentic and absolutely tasty in both instances.
We stayed at Villa Kordia on Mahe and Oceane Self Catering on La Digue, both of which provided this service. It’s worth seeing if the lodging facility you are staying at offers home-cooked meals as an alternative and reading the reviews to find out what other guests think of the food.
At a Creole restaurant
Going to a Seychelles restaurant that specializes in Creole cuisine is your greatest alternative for a satisfying Creole supper. While there are numerous restaurants in Seychelles, you should choose one that has a reputation for being a top-notch dining establishment.
There are numerous restaurants that meet this requirement. Marie Antoinette is the most well-known and oldest hotel in Mahe. This restaurant, which is housed in a historic Creole home and is located in the nation’s capital, Victoria, has long been a favorite among locals.
At your Seychelles hotel
If you’re looking for traditional Creole food from Seychelles, you can find it at your hotel! Most luxurious hotels in Seychelles have a restaurant, and many of them have an authentic Creole menu.
If you’re staying at a luxury resort or villa in Seychelles, you’ll be spoiled for choice of dinner options. Many hotels feature traditional local dishes on their menus, like chicken curry and fish curry. And if you want to experience true island life while staying in one of these properties, don’t forget about the beach restaurants!