Assorted fish and beef sauce

Yesterday I made one of my go to sauce for when I want a different taste to the regular stew. I was not so busy at the time I was cooking it so I decided to capture the process for the blog. This sauce is my go to for when I want something quick, delicious and fuss free. I wasn’t sure what to call it ..simple sauce? assorted sauce? pepper sauce? I have for now decided to call it assorted fish and beef sauce because it makes use of atleast 3 types of fish. If you have a better name for it please let me know but for now, let’s Cook:

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

400g tin chopped tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes

2 scotch bonnet (rodo)

3 large onions

1 large bell pepper

2 stock cubes

Few pieces smoked, grilled or fried mackerel or any fish of choice

1 dried  smoked catfish

Stock fish

Fried meat

Fried assorted meat (Optional)

2 cooking spoons vegetable or sunflower oil

DIRECTIONS

1) Chop the onions, bell pepper, scotch bonnet and tomatoes.

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2) In a pan, heat the vegetable oil, add sliced onions and fry for 2 minutes.

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3) Add the chopped tomatoes, bell pepper , scotch bonnet, stock cubes and salt.

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4) Add stock fish, followed by the smoked catfish, mackerel, fried beef and leave sauce to fry for 10 minutes.

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You can either shred the smoked fish or leave in whole. Also for this sauce you can add shrimps , turkey or whatever you have in the freezer. However the dried fish and grilled fish gives the vava voom to this sauce.

Pepper sauce

There you have it. Delicious, simple sauce which can be served with rice, boiled potatoes, yam, bread, etc. I served it with rice below.

Sauce

It’s super tasty even in its simplicity and thus has been my go to quick sauce for many years.

assorted fish sauce

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Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce is versatile and popular in most Nigerian homes. It is commonly eaten with Yam, Agege bread, pasta and so on. Most commonly used Fish for this sauce is mackerel but you can use sardines and other types of fish. It is cooked similarly to Corned beef sauce and I dare say it’s sister to corned beef sauce.Younger sister perhaps? lol..

One of my memories of this sauce is having it with yam and my mum used to put on beans all in a bid to get me to eat beans. I would eat up the sauce on the beans, she would add  more sauce and on the cycle goes till I had atleast eaten half of the beans. I’m sure back then she never thought that a day would come when I willingly cook and eat beans. God bless my mum and all great mums out there.

Here is my simple recipe for cooking fish sauce. Let’s get cooking:

 

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INGREDIENTS

3 scotch bonnet

1 bell pepper

400g plum tomatoes

1 brown onion

2 cooking spoons sunflower oil

2 maggi cubes

1kg Mackerel fish

Salt

DIRECTIONS

1) Cut the Fish and clean.

2) Put the fish in a pot add stock cube and some water and leave to boil

3) Debone and Mash the fish then set aside

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4) Blend the scotch bonnets, bell pepper, tomatoes and onion.

You can blend peppers in a combination that suits you. What you need is about 600ml of blended pepper.

5) Pour sunflower oil in a pot and heat. When heated, add the blended pepper, maggi cubes and salt. Leave to cook for 10- 15 minutes.

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6) Stir and add the fish

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7) Stir in the stew and leave to cook for five minutes. Stir intermittently

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8) Take off heat and fish Sauce is ready.

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Enjoy with Agege bread, yam, pasta, beans and many more

Fish Sauce

Bon Appetit

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