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Nigerian Fish Stew - Fried Fish Stew

Super tasty Nigerian fish stew - Fried fish stew! This red African stew made with fish, peppers and spices is easy to make and it is versatile. You can pair with ewedu or okro to eat swallow, have it with rice, on pasta, with plantain and other foods. This one is a keeper for Fish stew lovers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: fish recipes, Main Course, sauce, Stew
Cuisine: African, American, Mediterranean, Nigerian
Keyword: african fish stew, African stew, Fish stew recipe, fried fish stew, hake fish stew, how to prepare fish stew, Nigerian Fish Stew, Nigerian Stew, Spicy fish stew
Servings: 6
Calories: 1kcal
Author: K's Cuisine
Cost: $10


  • 3 Bell peppers
  • 3 Scotch bonnets
  • 4 Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Small Brown Onion To sautee in oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Thumbsize Ginger
  • 1.5 kg Fish Gutted and cut into fillet
  • 1.5 Cup Vegetable or Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Stock cubes
  • Salt


  • Blend the bell peppers, scotch bonnets, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and onions. Set aside.
  • Clean and season fish with 1 stock cube, Multipurpose seasoning and salt. Mix well.
  • Add vegetable or Sunflower oil in a pot or chip pan. When the oil is heated add seasoned fish and fry till golden brown.
  • Add vegetable or sunflower oil in a different pot, then add chopped onions. Sautee onions for 2 minutes before adding the blended pepper.
  • Add the remaining stock cube and salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes or till stew is fried before adding the fried fish.
  • Leave stew to fry for another 5-10 minutes before taking off heat. Thats Nigerian Fish Stew done.
  • Serve with rice, plantain, swallow or any food of choice


*Long red peppers can be used instead of Red bell peppers
*Scotchbonnets can be substituted for Habanero. (Use as much as you can handle the heat)
*If you prefer, you can use more oil to fry the stew and decant after cooking.
*You can decant oil on the stew after cooking.