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Peppered Fish Recipe – Nigerian Food

Peppered fish is one of the common Nigerian fish recipes. Some people call it fish in Pepper sauce or Pepper fish because the fish sauce is always spicy.How to fry fish

Just like peppered chicken, peppered snail, peppered meat and even peppered turkey, it can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

The popular types of fishes used for this recipe are Mackerel, Croaker, Argentina Silus, Hake, Horse Mackerel and Tilapia. The fish can also be in roasted , grilled or fried form

In Nigeria, it is a popular kind of food/snack served in parties, family reunions, get-togethers and even for picnics. If you wish you can call it a Nigerian dessert.

Enough of the introduction!!!

Let’s start with the ingredients needed.



Vegetable oi

Roughly blended tomatoes, chilli Pepper,onions and Bell pepper


Curry powder


Ginger powder

Seasoning powder


Frying the fish

  • Add some 1 teaspoon salt to the fishes.
  • Toss it up so that it mixes well with the fishes
  • Place clean frying pan on fire.
  • Pour vegetable oil into frying pan
  • Allow oil heat up
  • Place fishes in hot oil
  • Allow the fishes fry till edges are golden brown
  • Turn the fishes to allow the other side fry to a nice shade of golden brown…..

Pepper Sauce Preparation

  • Place a clean pot on fire.
  • Add some of the hot oil used for frying the fish.
  • Pour in the roughly blended Tomatoes, chilli Pepper, Onions and bell pepper paste.
  • Add Ginger powder, seasoning powder, Curry powder,thyme leaves and salt in little quantity.
  • Stir the mixture.
  • Cover the pot with lid and allow to cook for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and add more salt or seasoning powder (if necessary).

Peppered Fish Preparation

  • Put the fried fishes in the pepper sauce
  • Gently mix to make sure the fishes are properly coated with the sauce
  • Cover the pot and allow to cook for 1-3 minutes on low heat


Peppered Fish can be served with a variety of dishes such as Jollof rice, fried rice, dinner rolls, fried plantain, Garri and even with palm wine or a bottle of chilled drink.

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