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Nigerian Fish stew

Nigerian Fish Stew (Imoyo Stew)

I’m sharing one of my favorites stews today and it is Nigerian fish stew (imoyo). This is one of the stew/soup staples in most of the homes in Nigeria or African, the methods of preparing it might be different but this is one of the ways I like to prepare mine. It is a simple and flavor-packed stew, you can make it spicy, no or with little spice. You just make it your own the way you want it. I used boiled method for my peppers sometimes I use roasted pepper base pepper, the procedure can be found in How To make Tomato and Pepper Paste , both methods are delicious for this recipe. Tilapia fish was used but use any type of fish of your choice. Let’s get started!

Nigerian Fish Stew (Imoyo Stew)
  • 1 Tilapia fish or your choice (scaled, gutted and cut into steak)
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 2 Red bell peppers
  • 3 Habanero/Rodo
  • 1.5 Onions (divided)
  • Vegetable oil/Palm oil
  • Curry
  • Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger (minced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion powder
  • Knorr bouillon powder/cubes
  • Salt to taste
  1. Clean the fish; scale the fish if there’s scale on it, cut and remove the gut then rinse out.
  2. Place the fish in a bowl and season with onion powder, Knorr, curry, thyme, ginger, and salt.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  3. Mix and marinate for at least one hour or overnight.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  4. Clean the peppers and onions
  5. Place a large saucepan/pot over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the peppers and one onion, cover with water. Bring to a boil, you will notice the tomatoes peel and the other peppers are softens.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  7. Gently remove them and allow to cool then blend until smooth, or blend immediately, if you’re blending immediately you need to be very careful because the content is hot.
  8. Heat oil in a saucepan/pot over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the chopped onion (the half onion) and thyme sauté until translucent.

    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  10. Add the blended peppers mixture and cook the oil floats.
    Nigerian fish stew {imoyo}
  11. Add the fish and gently shake the contents, if you’re using a spoon to do the mixing/stirring you need to be careful in other not to break the fish. Season with Knorr and salt.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  12. Cook until the fish is fully cooked, about 20 minutes depending on the size of the fish and the type. You will notice the color of the fish and you will notice the oil floats.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)
  13. Serve and enjoy with your favorite side dish.
    Nigerian fish stew (imoyo)

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