Mackerel In Tomato Sauce – Quick Stew for Rice

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This is a quick fish stew recipe for a busy night or when you want something different from the everyday stew. Feel free to substitute catfish or any other type of fish you prefer.


  • 2 Large mackerel fish – Cut and Cleaned
  • 4 Large tomatoes – cubed
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Dried pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pepper flakes (Optional)
  • ½ Large onion- thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Palm oil
  • 2 cubes Maggi
  • Salt – To taste


  • Season the cut mackerel with 1 cube maggi, pepper flakes and salt- set aside


  • Heat up the palm oil in a large pan. Fry the onion until browned

Mackerel step 2

  • Place the fish pieces in the onion. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes

Mackerel step 3

  • Add in the chopped tomatoes, peppers, maggi and salt. Gently combine (making sure not to break the fish). Cover the pot


  • Simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes

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By |August 25th, 2014|34 Comments


  1. Ngo February 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Made this today for my Nigerian hubby who loves food…and I’m happy to report it was a hit! I did substitute frozen Basa fish steaks for the mackerel and red onions for the yellow variety. The dish was easy to prepare and quick!! Im fairly good in the kitchen but not well versed in Nigerian cuisine until recently when I ran across this website. I love the variety of recipes. I’ve made the jollof rice with bay leaves and jollof spaghetti (I used rotini and ground beef) and hubby loved every dish! God bless and enrich you my dear. I will definitely get my cooking chops the more I come to the site!!! Bravo!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Amen amen amen!!! Your feedback made me smile, thank you for taking the time.

  2. Angie February 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Am Kenyan married to a naija and this😁was awesome ..He loved it

  3. Ayishaa July 31, 2015 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Ure officially all shades of awesomeness. This meal came out amazing..I was scared of the Palm oil initially but it turned out soooo good.

  4. Victoria July 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I just made this sauce. It was so easy to make and so delicious. My kids loved it. Waiting for my husband to have a taste.
    Thanks Ronke for the recipe

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      That’s great to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

  5. uchenna March 15, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Waow tried the stew today. It was yummy yummy though I added
    grounded crayfish n small Ugu leaves. Thanks dear.

  6. emerald January 17, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Wow! So easy to make, am sure gonna try did out today

  7. maryam yusuf January 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    You are amazing.. u changed me from a bad cook to a fantastic cook… please do you add water after putting the cubed tomatoes?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      No you do not.. the tomatoes will release water into the sauce.

  8. terry December 10, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I want to make this tonight using can mackrel. What are the dried peppers?

  9. Nky October 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I tried it! It was really nice. Thanks a lot for this website and the lovely recipes

  10. Kiki October 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Do you think this recipe will work well with Titus fish too?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Titus and Mackerel are pretty much thesame- so Yes.

  11. Mrs Remi October 15, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Do u know a good chef/cook in lagos-Nigeria? Pls recommend…….i need some good food…

  12. bisi September 23, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Nice sauce

  13. chimmysam August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Wow!I just did it now,infact that’s we are taking for dinner. Thanks to you. I need more receipts.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Glad the recipe worked out great for you. We have lots more recipes on the website.

  14. stella August 26, 2014 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Love it and will try it, thanks

  15. Amira August 26, 2014 at 1:49 am - Reply

    This is the meal that the Fanti tribe in Ghana refer to as fanti fanti. I have some in my refrigerator now. We don’t fry the fish at that stage. We cook it in the sauce at the tomato stage.

    • Amira August 26, 2014 at 1:54 am - Reply

      Will try your method too. The finished fanti fanti looks just like yours.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie August 26, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

        very interesting, never heard of fanti fanti

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 26, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Thanks for the addition!

  16. Ngozi August 25, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I love this stew! Delicious and easy to prepare. Goes well with rice or boiled yam. Yummy!

  17. mabizzy August 25, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

    nice n easy to prepare after a stressful day at work. i really appreciate what you are doing, keep it up

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