Insider Kitchen: how to prepare budget friendly fish stew

Stew as we know it mostly comprises tomato, pepper and onions. Today we are going to try something not so new to some of us but it is guaranteed to burst your taste buds.

The Nigerian fish stew largely includes a wide variety of fish, so regardless on your budget; you can still create an exotic dish!

Here is a list of what you will need.

Fish (Fresh or smoked) I prefer fresh fish but we can work with both!
Two spoonful of vegetable oil (or palm oil)
Tomatoes
Fresh bell peppers (the quantity you buy depends on how “hot” you like your stew)
1 onion (aka Bitcoin)
1 garlic (this is optional but I love the aroma it gives)
Powdered or fresh ginger
Seasoning
Salt
Fresh vegetables; can be scent leaves or ugwu (this is also optional but you really wouldn’t want your fish stew to look bland).

Now, let’s cook…

Step 1

Place your fish into a clean bowl and take out unwanted parts. Place fish parts into a pot, sprinkle very little salt, and add just one seasoning cube and cover to boil for a few minutes.

Step 2

Place a clean pot on your already lit stove or gas and add the vegetable oil (or palm oil). Wait till when the pot is hot enough and add the sliced or diced onion (I slice mine).

Step 3

Add garlic too and stir. Add already blended pepper and tomato, add seasoning (which also includes curry and thyme) and add salt to taste.

Step 4

Stir fry for a few minutes, allow for deep fry. Place cooked fish parts in a clean bowl, mash into very small pieces and “sprinkle” over the stew.

Stir so the mixture can seep into the already boiled fish.

Step 5

Rinse vegetables, cut and add to sauce, take down after a minute.

Note that you can spice your stew with shrimp, periwinkle or crayfish if you want.

There you have it!

Low-budget fish sauce can equally contain the classes of food. Serve this highly protein-enriched stew with boiled rice, yam, spaghetti or even bread.

 

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  • Bello Olabisi, known to most individuals as Dorian is a literature student. She's a dark poet with a weird sense of humor, a spoken word artist, a nature photographer, a freelance writer, an active volunteer and a lover of stuffed toys.

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