Go Back
+ servings
Nigerian fish stew

Nigerian Fish Stew Recipe

Abi Olayiwola
Delicious,spicy and easy to prepare fish stew cooked in Nigerian style pepper and tomato sauce. It is perfect for slurping on a cold day, or eaten with other foods at any time of the day.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine African, Nigerian
Servings 4
Calories 289 kcal


  • 4 fillets Sea bass You can use any fish available
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Scotch bonnet
  • 3 Tomatoes large or ½ can chopped
  • 1 ½ Onions medium
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger grated
  • 3 tablespoons Palm oil
  • 1 cup Fish stock
  • 1 tablespoon Basil chopped


  • Cut each fish fillet into two or three pieces, depending on the size. Pour in a bowl, season with salt and keep to one side.
  • Remove the stalk from the red pepper. Blend with habanero, 1 onion, tomatoes, garlic and ginger.
  • Heat the palm oil in a sauce pan for a few minutes until the colour starts to change. Be careful not to bleach the oil.
  • Chop the remaining onions. Add into the pan and fry for 2 mins.
  • Pour in the blended pepper, tomatoes’, onion, garlic and ginger mixture.
  • Add the stock, and some salt to taste.
  • Cover the pan allow to simmer for about 15 mins.
  • Add the fish as well as the basil and stir.
  • Cover the pan and allow to continue cooking until the fish is cooked which should be no more than 10 mins.
  • Remove the pan from heat and serve.


Calories: 289kcal
Keyword Fish soup, Fish stew, Imoyo, Nigerian fish stew, Obe eja tutu
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!