Fish Yassa Recipe


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Fish Yassa on Rice with Plantains

Wait, have you seen / tried my chicken Yassa recipe? It’s everything and a half !!!!. If you love tangy deliciousness, you will definitely love yassa. I am a huge fan of this onion, lemon and vinegar based dish, mostly because it’s different from the ordinary. The recipe has its roots in West Africa with original Yassa originating from Gambia/Senegal, the extensive marination and combination of tangy and spicy flavors gives this dish its distinctive taste and a place as a top contender for truly authentic West African food.

The best part of the recipe is how quick it is to prepare once you get the marinating process out of the way. I made use of  defrosted frozen fish fillet in this recipe, however, you can use bone in fish chunks if you prefer.

Any white fleshed fish will be appropriate for this recipe. You can choose Basa, Tilapia, Haddock, Cod etc

Fish Yassa

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Serves: 6

You can choose to add some carrots into the sauce. Sliced carrots can be added in just before the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  • 4 Tbspn fresh lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbspn Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbspn Vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large onions (Thinly sliced) (White onion is preferred)
  • Salt – To taste
  • 2 cubes Maggi (Bouillon )
  • 2 fresh Chilies (Chopped)
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 6 large Fish Fillet (cut into chunks)
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil (Divided)
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  1. Combine ingredients 1 through 8 in a large bowl. Take ⅓ of combined ingredients and blend for make a paste
  2. Combine blended seasoning with fish fillet and set in the fridge. Allow to marinate overnight (up to 24 hours)
  3. Add in bay leaves with the remaining onion mix from step 1. Set aside to marinate along with the fish
  4. Set a large skillet on high heat and add in half of the oil. Remove fish pieces from the marinade and sear on all sides until browned. Remove fish pieces from oil and set aside.
I cheated and baked my fish instead. I baked at 450 for 5 minutes (shhhh--- don't tell!!)
  1. Pour onion mix into the pan and stir to combine. Add in any left over fish marinade. Simmer until onion is translucent
  2. Add in 1 cup water into the onions. Cover and simmer on low-medium heat for 30 minutes. Now add in the cooked fish and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  3. Serve on rice with a healthy helping of golden fried plantains. Enjoy!!!
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By |October 3rd, 2015|8 Comments


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    I love what you doing here, it helps out a lot. I would like to know are there any videos on cooking? I’m wanting to know how to make soups and different foods from the intestines all the inside of a goat and goat head Nigerian Way?

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  3. Aderonke Iyiola October 4, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Hi Admin, thanks for all the healthy recipes on this platform. Please can you kindly specify the type of vinegar for this recipe. Well done.

  4. Estti E. October 3, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    This looks delicious and easy to make ! I’ll definitely try it.

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