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Mackerel fish stew

Mackerel Fish Stew

Mackerel fish stew is a very simple stew and tasty stew that can be enjoyed with rice, yam, swallow like amala, eba or anyone of your choice. You can use either palm oil or vegetable to make this stew.

To know the real mackerel fish, it looks white, if it’s black as in the white part is not white enough then it’s a “counterfeit”.

You can cook this fish without baking or frying check out for Easy Catfish Stew more insight on how to make it.

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Mackerel fish stew
Mackerel Fish Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Keyword: Mackerel fish stew
  • 4 Mackerel fish (cut into steaks, gutted, and rise)
  • 10 Tomato (I used Roma)
  • 1 Big Red bell pepper
  • 2 Habanero/Rodo (use more or less)
  • 1.5 Onions (divided)
  • 1 inch Ginger (minced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • Palm oil/Vegetable oil
  • Seasoning powder/cube
  1. Cut the fish to steaks, remove the intestines and rinse. Season salt and seasoning powder/cube let it marinade for at least 30 minutes. The real mackerel should be white if it's not white it's can be the same.

    Mackerel fish stew
  2. Fry or bake if you wish. I bake until golden brown and set aside. You can also cook the fish without frying or baking.

    Mackerel Fish Stew
  3. Get the peppers, deseed the red bell and habanero, rinse, cut into small pieces and blend with one onion, blend until smooth. 


    Mackerel Fish Stew
  4. For this step, you can either boil until the pepper mixture is thickened, or cook when it is added to the oil.

  5. Place a large saucepan/pot over medium-high heat and add oil, allow it to get hot. Add thyme and the remaining onion (whole) and fry until the onion releases its fragrance. Your kitchen will smell heavenly; I love the smell of frying Remove the onion and discard.

    Mackerel Fish Stew
  6. Add the blended pepper and cook until the content is thickened about 15-20 minutes or until the oil floats. The time will to cook will vary depending on how much water you added when blending. I didn't add water because my blender can blend without adding water.

    Mackerel fish stew
  7. Add the fish cook for about 10 minutes to absorb the pepper mixture, check the seasoning and adjust it if necessary. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes or more until it gets to the consistency you want.

    Mackerel fish stew
  8. Serve and enjoy with your favorite side.

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  9. Mackerel fish stew paired with rice, and vegetable stew.

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  10. Mackerel fish stew served, eba with vegetable stew. Enjoy!

    Mackerel fish stew

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