Oh man, this Cameroonian fish stew is so bomb.com that I had to change the planned recipe for the day and share it first. Because somebody somewhere reading this needs to get into their kitchen and make this tomato stew which will live happily ever with their boiled rice. Or boiled plantains. Or boiled yams. Or even bread!
This is how the fish stew happens chez moi. Picture this: well-marinated fish slices grilled in the oven.
Ahh! This is that point of the cooking where I pick one and feed myself. You can fry it instead if you like but I think grilling in the oven is better because it keeps all the extra oil away and I don't also have to deal with horrifying splashes from the oil that result when the fish is frying (hello blistered hand!). Alternately, you can just put your marinated fish slices into the pot sans frying or grilling. But I love grilling in the oven or frying because it makes the fish much firmer so it doesn't break easily in the pot of stew.
We are still on our picturing journey, amiright? Now picture this: a rich tomato sauce "aromalised" with onions, garlic, white pepper and um, love.
I know, I know. The word, " aromalised" doesn't exist. Google just told me that now. But sometimes I find that the only way I can say what I want to say is by creating a new word. I'll pray about it.
Now picture this: The tomato sauce and the fish come together in a perfect culinary marriage and sizzle together. Hmmm. Gimme some boiled rice!
This fish, swimming in a rich tomato sauce aka fish stew is slightly sweet because all those fried tomatoes lend some sweetness to it. Yet it is savoury and spicy. Ladies and gentlemen, if you have never made a tomato-based fish stew or it's been long since you made some, now is the time to go make a gigantic pot of fish stew.
P.S I'm not gonna lie. On some days when I don't feel like going through all the fish grilling and tomato frying thing I just dump all blended ingredients together with the raw fish, seasoning and oil into the pot. I cook them together and it tastes amazing!
P.P.S I resume shooting for my YouTube channel today and I'm so EXCITED. I just discovered that YouTube made my channel URL easily memorable. It is www.youtube.com/preciouskitchen. Thank you, YouTube! Please subscribe if you haven't done so yet. So many foodie goodies coming your way!
Cameroonian Fish Stew
- 2 white fish of choice I used tilapia
- 8 medium tomatoes
- 1 14 oz can tomato sauce or paste
- 1 large onion
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- ½ inch ginger
- 2 stems basil (optional)
- ½ teapoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
- 3 cubes Maggi
- Salt to taste
- 2 hot peppers (habaneros- optional)
- Peel garlic and ginger then blend together with white pepper, half of the onion and half of the basil (if using).
- Clean fish and cut into slices. Then sprinkle a little salt and rub a tablespoon of the spice blend in stage 1 all over the fish slices.
- Allow to marinate for 30 minutes if possible or just grill(or fry) right away. To grill, grease a baking tray place fish slices on top and grill in a 350 degrees F OVEN (176 degrees C). To fry, heat half a litre of oil in a slightly deep pan on medium high. Then fry fish slices in.
- Alternately, you could skip grilling or frying and place your uncooked fish slices in the tomato sauce to cook.
- To make the tomato sauce: blend fresh tomatoes. Slice the other half of onion. Then heat one cup of oil in a pot over medium high heat and sauté the onions until tender. Next add in the blended tomatoes and fry until acidity is almost all lost. Add in tomato sauce or paste and fry for and additional five minutes, stirring all the time. Then add in the spice blend, curry powder and hot pepper (if using) and let them cook together for about two minutes.
- Add a cup of water to the tomato sauce, salt to taste (about a teaspoon will do) and the seasoning cubes (Maggi). You could add more water here if you want your stew to be lighter.
- Now put in all the fish slices and let that cook together with the stew for about 5 minutes. Let it cook for 5 more minutes if you put the fish in raw.
- If you choose to use basil, which is absolutely to die for, this is the time to chop some and sprinkle over your stew.
- Turn off the heat and enjoy with some boiled rice, plantains or white yam. This stew will taste even better the next day after the fish must have absorbed the flavours of the tomato sauce.
If you make this recipe, please tag me in a photo on Instagram @preciouscore. I'll love to see!
Thanks precious and I enjoy that print button too.
Oyeniran Adeyinka says
Uh. This is really lovely. Thanks for sharing the printable format and for sharing your story with the business mind magazine. Dont forget the planned recipe for the day... Grinning
I sure won't forget, Oyeniran!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Nice one there, I prefer grilling cos it's less stressful. Frying fishes frightens me o, with the all the splashing.
Happy eating Precious, chop remain o.
Ha Bola, frying fish can be a nightmare sometimes. Thank God for ovens!
Your own dey inside fridge o.
Pamela Orock says
God bless u Precious
God bless you too, dear.
Jessica Hugo says
That's how you keep making people salivate w'out even sending the food over as a gift. *rolling eyes* lol. This is really really nice precious.
Don't worry Jess, one day we may meet and share some of this food. A girl can dream, right?
I will try grilling but I fry with a lid over my pan playing hide and seek with whatever is inside.lol!!
Hahahaha serious hide and seek!
Tega Enai says
Which day will I have the privilege of eating your delicacies.??
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One day, Tega. One day!
That looks so delicious and I haven't had my dinner yet. Will try your recipe one of these days!
Please let me know how it goes, Sharon.
Nice one Precious, this looks delicious and yummy! I like grilling/steaming the fish in a different pot for a while before adding it to the stew but which ever way, it always comes out delicious.
Hope you are doing great? I've been away for a while, been extremely busy..Warm regards.
I'm good, Tessy! Hope you are too. It's been so long.
IT LOOK SO YUMMY..WILL TRY THIS AT HOME
Please let me know how it goes, Elika.
That looks really yummy, who will not like to make fish stew after this recipe? Oya fish stew here I come.
Thanks dear. Enjoy your fish stew.
I don't even like fish, but your pictures are so tempting lol. I may just try this soon haha.
Awww Zinny, it's worth trying!
Parvine Dohya says
You're really an inspiration to many. thanks much for the cooking tips. you're the best👍
Thank you so much, Parvine!
Dear sweet Precious
Do you think this recipe would work in a crock pot ?
Precious Nkeih says
Hi dear, I am sure that will work though I have never tried it. Please let me know if you try it.
Lum olga says
M just soo happy to learn alot from u God bless u and more grace ND strength to u as u continue to tich us
Hi Lum, it is such a blessing to be able to help. God bless you.
Quinvis Quinvis says
Wow, all d explanations are just so easy to understand and make good use of it. Whatabout when the tomatoes is still stinky, what can be done
Mokam Synthia says
I tried this recipe and I fell in love with the new wonderful smell it emanated, thanks mummy Precious