Fried Plantain And Fish Eaten With Pepper Sauce

 Fried fish with pepper sauce and ripe plantain

My Dear Diary,
 You already know how local and bush yours truly is when it comes to meal selection. With all
the modern, citified and sophisticated dishes in town, see the bush meal she prepares. I am sorry for this bushness o. To my surprise, instead of rejection of pepper as usual by the kids, they all kept asking for more. They are full of surprises! On a normal day, this type of meal will divide the family in two. The pepper eaters and non eaters. Today the case is different. My only savior is that I promised to repeat this dish tomorrow. How that will happen I don't know, all I know is that the promise saved my head.

Eating fried ripe plantain with pepper sauce is something I really enjoy. I am not a pepper fan, but, when it comes to pepper sauce, I love it.

INGREDIENTS FOR MY PEPPER SAUCE


  1. Roughly ground Fresh red peppers
  2. Knorr cubes
  3. Onions
  4. Vegetable oil
The fresh red pepper is ground together with enough knorr cubes and some chopped onions. When  a bit smooth, they are poured into a pot of vegetable oil before turning on the heat.
The pot is brought to a boil while stirring continues. The pepper *boils* in the oil, *not fry.* check for salt and taste, then turn off the cooker. I do not allow the pepper to fry. I only cook it in shallow oil. The aroma of pepper sauce is something else. It is very inviting. 

Cooking pepper in oil this way,greatly reduces it's hotness. The onion and knorr cubes just give it a kind of unique stew aroma.


 frying salted fish
The fish is washed and salted before frying in hot oil. Fry with moderate heat and try to avoid the temptation to chew some while frying. Succumbing can make you clear  the fry pan before I say "jack"


 fried fish
Once the fish gets brown, it is ready for my pepper sauce. Pouring some sauce on fried fish can make one eat more than usual.


 fried plantain and fish eaten with pepper sauce
 empty plate of peppered fish with dodo
With this local dish, be sure to gather empty plates with no left overs.

TIP: Fresh red pepper is difficult to preserve, even in the fridge, my pepper still rots. This is my own way of preserving fresh pepper. I buy in bulk, grind with maggi or knorr cubes and some onions before cooking in oil. For preservation, I cook  with much oil, pack in containers and store in the fridge.

This method of preserving fresh pepper saves me from cooking two pots at every meal. I just add more sauce to the plates of pepper lovers after dishing. It helps to enhance the taste for them too. This way, there is no raw pepper taste and both pepper lovers and non lovers get to enjoy their meals.

When preserved this way, fresh pepper can last for as long as I want. The oil covers the pepper even while in the fridge.When  cooking, I scoop the pepper sauce without the oil.
Tired of seeing left overs? Give this a trial o.
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39 comments:

Nollywood REinvented said...

Aaah! This one has my name written ALLLLLL over it. Infact, I'm breaking my fast in a couple of minutes. Let's put this recipe to the test shall we?

Eya Ayambem said...

Yes o, Carry go!

dayor said...

:D....I love fried plantains.I should try it with your pepper sauce

Myne Whitman said...

You don't eat fish head? Please throw it over here, ahahha...

Eya Ayambem said...

Please do Dayor. The combination of sweet plantain and some hot pepper will create a long lasting memory. If you try this, be sure to do it again and again.

Eya Ayambem said...

You needed to have come behind the scenes to see me do justice to that fish head. I did not want you to see an empty plate. Didn't want no one to think I eat too much.
After clicking on the camera, I settled down to work on that juicy fish head. Ahaaaa, Now I know another fish head "liker," hahahaha...

Hannahs Haven said...

Liking the tip on preserving pepper. Pls what fish did you use? And can you also advice on other good fish also. Thanks.

Hannahs Haven said...

LOL... I don't eat fish head oh, there's nothing in it to eat. Always throw it away before cooking.

Debby 'Baro said...

This is one of the best meals you have shared. Dodo with fried fish and pepper sauce is delicious and light. See you when am back from the kitchen!

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks HH, I used croaker. Well, I eat all edible fish. I am a fish lover maybe because I don't like meat much.
I hear *fish with scales* are the most nutritious and healthy though I'm not sure if that is true. Salmon are Tuna are also among those with less mercury and healthy too.

Can anyone add to the list for us pls?:)

Eya Ayambem said...

Issorait, see you then.

Adekunle Emike said...

I am happy to be on this site. You just got yourself a regular visitor.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Tanx aunty Eya,atleast I av an idea of how what av been enjoying since is prepared.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks Ade, you are welcome!

Eya Ayambem said...

Thank you Bonario, so you started enjoying this long ago? congratz!

sykik said...

Madam,

I am back oh......so please do the needful by sending these meals to me for tasting asap.


Salt said...

*with the insides of my mouth watering over* THIS is just one of my fav meals of all time. With dodo or boiled (old) Yam, and I am in heaven!!!!! Thanks for sharing this my dia. It makes me want to dance. Lol! Cos that is what I am having for dinner tonight!!!!

Unyime-Ivy King said...

Me too, I don't like fish head. I throw it away as well, lol.

Unyime-Ivy King said...

What a yummy looking meal- I am so cooking this for breakfast tomorrow for my family, lol. Thanks for tantalizing my taste buds o. I will look for you when next I am in Abuja for sure, lol. Happy new year girl, and thanks for keeping in touch. God bless you real good.

Eya Ayambem said...

I just sent it, please do not forget to check for salt before scoring.

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks salt! How was dinner?

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks Ivy, hope you had a fun Christmas.
Cant wait to meet you!

Eya Ayambem said...

OK, how did it go?

Cozyluv said...

I love this and the pepper preserving lesson. God bless u real good

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying ur Blog, got the link from Lindaikeji's blog. Nice ideas u have here. Keep it up

Eya Ayambem said...

Thank you for leaving this comment!

Eya Ayambem said...

My pleasure!
God bless you too.

Anonymous said...

Got this link from Linda's blog also,I love learning new recipes,I can see I have clicked on the right link...cheers!!!!!!

Eya Ayambem said...

Thank you for clicking and for reading.

Anonymous said...

Wow got this from LindaIkeji'S blog, Omo all this your food make sense, will tell my girlfriend to always visit this blog and her friends, at least make dem learn. And by the way the blog is interesting.

Anonymous said...

This blog makes a lot of sense,got the link from Linda Ikeji's blog.
Keep up the good work!

Eya Ayambem said...

Thank you!

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks!

Amy said...

Had this for dinner but with some variations. Instead of plantain, soft fried sweet potatoes. Also I added ginger to the sauce and instead of just fish, fish and shrimp. DH loved it so much he almost licked his plate. Looking through for something else new to do. Thanks a bunch.

Eya Ayambem said...

Thanks for sharing. I will try with potatoes and shrimp next time. Thanks Amy!

Anonymous said...

Do i blend eith tomatoes or just tatase?then what do u mean by boil pepper in oil n nt fry. Pls explain. Want to mk dis for dinner tonight. Thanks

Eya Ayambem said...

You grind fresh red pepper. I mean you should cook in in not very hot heat so that it doesn't fry the pepper dry. Cook in oil, but with low heat.

Anonymous said...

Mots - Thanks so much Eya.. I am an Indian and my whole family eats this sauce with everthing! since my cook left for a holiday...I was missing the sauce very much and YOU made my life lovely by giving this recipe :)
I made it...and it came out very well....thank once again.....

Eya Ayambem said...

You are welcome. I'm happy you liked it and thanks for the feedback.
Love to your family.

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