Sunday, April 18, 2010

Benin - Dahomey Fish Stew

Dahomey is what Benin was called back in the 70s. This is a recipe for their traditional fish stew.


* 2 fillets of sea bass, sea bream or any other firm fleshed fish
* flour
* salt and pepper
* oil for frying
* 1 onion
* 2 tomatoes
* 1 cup of fish stock or water
* chilli flakes

Place some flour (about 4-5 tablespoons), salt and pepper in a bowl.

Cut the fish into 2 inch pieces and coat it in the flour mixture. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces on both sides.

When they're done, take them out and drain on kitchen paper.

Chop the onion and place it in the pan with just 1 tbls of the oil. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the two chopped tomatoes, one cup of fish stock, the fish pieces and one teaspoon of chili flakes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with rice and sprinkle a few more chili flakes on top.

This was lovely. The fried fish pieces were really full of flavour after being simmered in the stew. It went well with rice because of the chili flakes spicing it up a bit. Nice!

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