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Garden egg sauce Cameroon, Nigeria recipe.
Garden Egg Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Garden egg sauce is an easy sauce made with garden eggs (of the same family as egg plants). It is a great side to boiled plantains, yams or potatoes.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: African
Servings: 6
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Precious of preciouscore.com
Ingredients
  • 20 garden eggs
  • 5 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 1/4 cup ground crayfish
  • 1/2 cup dried anchovies (substitute with other dried fish of choice)
  • 1 cup dried shrimp (substitute with other dried fish of choice)
  • 1 large Maggi Crevette (crayfish seasoning cube) substitute with bouillon powder
  • 1 habanero (hot) pepper - optional
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 3/4 cup oil (I mixed red palm oil (1/4 cup) and soybean oil (1/2 cup). You could use just red palm oil or just vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash garden eggs thoroughly and place in a pot. Add water to the same level as the garden eggs. Boil until they are soft and squishy. 

    Drain the garden eggs from the boiling water then rinse with cold water to help cool down quickly.

    Once they are cold, peel each garden egg to remove the outer skin. Place in a bowl and mash lightly with a wooden spoon or place on a chopping board and cut into about 1-inch bits. (Cut them bigger if you prefer a chunkier sauce).

  2. Place oil in a pot to heat up on high heat. Add onions and saute for two minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes and cook until acidity is all done, stirring from time to time. (About 10 minutes)

  4. Add in crayfish and stir. Let it sizzle with the tomatoes for about 2 minutes.

  5. Add in the pepper (if using) anchovies and dried shrimp (remember you could substitute these with any dried/smoked fish of choice). Let them cook for about 3 minutes in the tomato sauce. 

    Note: If you notice your sauce is too dry at this point, add in a little water to loosen it up.

  6. Add in Maggi crayfish seasoning cube and salt to taste and stir well. Finally add in the mashed/chopped garden eggs. Stir well to incorporate. Let them sizzle together for about 4 minutes then turn off the heat.

  7. Enjoy warm with boiled plantains, boiled African yam, or boiled potatoes.

Recipe Notes

You could substitute the garden eggs in this recipe with egg plant. In that case, one egg plant replace 5 garden eggs. So four egg plants will be needed here.