Nigerian Fish Stew is a very popular Nigerian stew made with fish. It is made with either raw, steamed or fried/grilled fish. Nigerian Fish stew is typically enjoyed with Boiled rice, Yam, Bread, Potatoes and Plantain.
You can use any type of Fish you desire for this recipe. My best fish ever is Hake, The King Of Fish, according to the Spanish. Hake is part of the Cod family and I particularly love it cos it’s very versatile, firm and absolutely tasty. Hake is actually very similar to Fresh Stockfish/ Panla, some people think they are the same but I think there’s a slight difference between both, I believe Hake is cod. If you’re yet to try Hake, then you really are missing a whole lot!
This recipe is very easy and straightforward, let’s begin…
8 Cut Pieces Fresh Fish (I’m using Hake)
3 Red Bell Peppers
4 Big Tomatoes
70g Tomato Puree
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Tablespoon Minced Ginger
1 Tablespoon Curry
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder (Optional)
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Tablespoon any Fish or chicken seasoning, I’m using Aromat
3 Knorr Chicken Cubes Or Your Preferred Bouillon cubes
Salt to Taste
Gut and clean the fish thoroughly with lemon. Marinate with Salt, 1 Lemon, Knorr cubes, 1/2 of the Curry, the Cumin Powder, Garlic Powder, 1 Bouillon cube. Leave to marinate in a cool place for at least 30 minutes. I left mine overnight, the longer the better…
Blend the Peppers, Tomatoes, Scotch Bonnet, Ginger and one Onion till smooth and set aside.
Pour oil into a wok or frying pan, enough to deep fry the fish, place on a hob on very medium heat, then fry the marinated fish till golden brown….
You don’t have to fry your fish, you can choose to grill them instead or just marinate and add to the stew. If you’re choosing to grill, simply preheat your oven to 210 degrees and grill on both sides for 30 minutes.
Transfer the fried fish into a colander to drain the oil….
Next, add some of the oil used for frying into a big saucepan, 1 cup at least. You should sieve out the fish residue/particles first, then place on a hob on medium heat. When it’s hot, add the onions, sauté for 3 minutes, then add the garlic, sauté till fragrant, be careful so you don’t burn the garlic…
You’re probably thinking, “1 cup of oil is way too much” but the truth is, it’s better to fry stew with excess oil then decant the excess at the end. Stew fries better when deep fried in excess oil than little oil. if you’ve been doing it wrong, try it, thank me later.
Now, add Tomato Puree, fry for 3-4 minutes, stir occasionally. Then add the blended pepper, also add the remaining Thyme, Curry, Knorr cubes, Seasoning and Salt to taste, stir and combine, leave to fry for 18-20 minutes….
By this time, the oil would have settled on the top and the pepper reduced in quantity. Now, add the fried/grilled or marinated fish gently, stir and combine, turn the heat down to low, then leave to cook for a further 6-8 minutes…
And it’s ready. enjoy with Boiled Rice, Plantain, Fresh Bread, Boiled Yam or pair with Ewedu or Okra Soup and enjoy with any preferred Swallow….
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