Recipe/ West African Food

Turmeric and Coconut Fish Yassa

Turmeric Fish Yassa

Add Coconut Oil and Turmeric to Your Fish Yassa and It Will Be Even More Irresistible!

What Is Yassa Sauce?

Chicken and fish yassa are popular Senegalese and Malian dishes. Without delving too deep into the origins of this dish you can see distinct indigenous African influences from the simple flavour inducing ingredients. Onion is something that has been here for the longest time therefore we have a hunch that this dish has old roots. The additional dijon mustard and lemon or vinegar, we think come from the French. Regardless of the source, yassa today is as popular as ever when it comes to West African recipes. Poulet yassa is even more popular and is noted as a speciality from Casamance.

How Is Yassa Made?

So.. add an onion, garlic, ginger, dijon mustard, bouillon cube, lemon, oil, water and blend. Use half to marinade the whole fish, then add the other half to a pot and reduce to a thick and concentrated sauce. We enjoyed this with a side of yam fries.

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Turmeric and Coconut Fish Yassa

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By Freda Muyambo Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Add Coconut Oil and Turmeric to Your Fish Yassa and It Will Be Even More Irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 yellow scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 whole red snapper or tilapia fish
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 yellow bell pepper/capsicum

Instructions

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1. Place the onion, garlic, chilli, mustard, turmeric, bouillon, lemon juice, and water into a blender and crush well.

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2. Spread half the marinade over a properly gutted and scaled fish. Ensure some of the mixture goes into the cavity. Drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.

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3. Bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes.

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3. In the meantime julienne and saute the yellow bell pepper in the coconut oil then add the other half to a pot and reduce to a thick and concentrated sauce.

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4. We enjoyed this with a side of yam fries. Steamed rice would also go perfectly with the fish.

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