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Ghana shito in a glass jar

Ghana Shito

Abi Olayiwola
Delicious, hot sauce from Ghana which also serves as a condiment. Shito makes everything taste better!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Condiment, Dip
Cuisine African
Servings 12 servings
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups Vegetable oil
  • 3 pieces Onions medium, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic peeled and cut into smaller pieces
  • 5 cm Ginger root (1/2 a thumb size)
  • 2 Scotch bonnet stalk removed
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup Dried fish pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Chili flakes/powder
  • 1/2 cup Ground shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cloves
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut the dried fish into smaller pieces, while removing the bones. Wash and soak in some water just before you start cooking. This will make it easy to blend later.
  • Heat oil in a pan (use a non-stick pan if you have one) under medium heat.
  • Add the onions into the oil. Stir until the onion slices are translucent, and just beginning to brown. This will take 10-15 mins.
    Fried onions in a pot. Ingredients for Ghana shito
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. In that time, drain the fish and pour into a blender. Prepare the scotch bonnet and garlic. Add into the blender with the tomato puree and ginger root.
  • Add the onion and the oil into the blender and puree. Pour the blended mixture back into the pot and place on low heat.
    Ghana shito - Blended ingredients in a pot
  • Add the dried shrimp, pepper flakes, cloves and a dash of salt.
  • Allow to simmer gently, while stirring frequently to prevent burning. If it the sauce appears dry, you can add more oil.
  • The colour will change gradually and by the time the sauce is done, it will be quite dark. This will take around 20 mins.
    Ghana shito in the cooking pot.
  • Allow to cool and keep in a closed container. Refrigerate and use as needed.



Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 191mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 227IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Ghanaian dishes
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