Nigeria fish sauce

The Nigerian fish sauce. You can use any fish but I will be using herring fish(popularly known as shawa) for my fish sauce today

Writing this recipe takes me back to my younger days in my mom kitchen. This fish sauce is ‘the usual’ on Sunday mornings or baby christening mornings. And dear “me” was always in charge of flaking the fish and getting rid of all the many tiny bones.

Was a bit tasking but the joy of getting some little taste of the fish held me bound to the job. Laughs

Herrings fishes

Herring fish provides a great source of omega 3 fatty acid and vitamin D. It is also very affordable to a large socio-economic segment of society. The plenty tiny bones being the only clause. But the taste is well worth it

So let us cook…

 

  • Nigerian Fish Sauce Recipe
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 fresh Bell peppers
  • 2 habanero/scotch bonnet
  • 1 bulb of onion
  • 1 cooking spoon of vegetable oil ( you can also use olive oil or other options)
  • 1 teaspoon of curry
  • a pinch of thyme
  • salt
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 1 teaspoon of dry Cameroonian pepper(depending on your spice level)

 

Method

Clean out the Fish (remove scales, remove gills, wash the blood out)

Season the fish with salt and 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

Add a little water to it and steam until soft

Remove from the fish stock, then flake the fish, making sure to remove the tiny bones. Reserve the stock/water

Place a saucepan on the heat, add oil, chopped onions, allow to fry until translucent

Pour in the blended peppers, allow frying

Add the flaked fish, add the fish stock, curry, thyme and a seasoning cube. Taste then add salt accordingly

Stir all together. Allow simmering for 2 minutes. Then serve over boiled yam or grilled yam

Enjoy

Nigerian fish sauce with grilled yam

Served mine with grilled yam

I do hope you have enjoyed going through this fish sauce recipe. Any questions or additions? I will love to read from you, leave your comments
Till my next recipe, do share our posts and remember to always cook with a large dose of love. #cookwithkemi#lovecook
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My Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 4

Ingredients of Nigeria Fish Sauce

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 fresh Bell peppers
  • 2 habanero/scotch bonnet
  • 1 bulb of onion
  • 1 cooking spoon of vegetable oil ( you can also use olive oil or other options)
  • 1 teaspoon of curry/ thyme
  • salt
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 1 teaspoon of dry Cameroonian pepper(depending on your spice level)

Method of Preparation

  1. Clean out the Fish (remove scales, remove gills, wash the blood out)
  2. Season the fish with salt and 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  3. Add a little water to it and steam until soft
  4. Remove from the fish stock, then flake the fish, making sure to remove the tiny bones. Reserve the stock/water
  5. Place a saucepan on the heat, add oil, chopped onions, allow to fry until translucent
  6. Pour in the blended peppers, allow frying
  7. Add the flaked fish, add the fish stock, curry, thyme and a seasoning cube.
  8. Taste then add salt accordingly
  9. Stir all together. Allow simmering for 2 minutes.
  10. Then serve over boiled yam or grilled yam
  11. Enjoy

Additional Info

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