Nigerian Smoked fish with greens
Smoked Fish with greens is a flavourful and fresh way to use greens. By greens, I mean green amaranth which is simply called Green in Nigeria. It is a quick and simple dish to make, convenient for a quick dinner on a weeknight because it comes together very fast with little effort.
This dish is really healthy, with just a little carbohydrate like rice or potatoes, you will feel full but light. Sauteed greens pair very well with fish and smoked fish adds an extra depth of flavour to the dish. It tastes good with most sides, I served mine with boiled sweet potatoes.
I used smoked mackerel but you can use any smoked fish. You can also use leftover fish from a previous dinner, just flake and add being careful not to break it up too much. Dry fish is also a good alternative but will need to be boiled with a little water to soften it before using. Use the stock to replace water in the recipe.
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To prepare Nigerian Smoked fish with greens
150g Smoked fish 100g Green (Green amaranth leaves) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove garlic 1 Spring onion stalk 3 scotch bonnet 3 whole tomatoes
Rinse whole smoked fish using warm water.
Remove the head, skin and stomach contents and discard, rinse inside the belly and remove the bones.
Flake fish into sizeable chunks.
Pick and wash green leaves, shred and set aside.
Chop onions, spring onions, scotch bonnets and tomatoes, crush the clove of garlic.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add vegetable oil, when hot, add chopped onions.
Fry onions until soft, add garlic, the white of spring onions, fish flakes and salt.
Stir and fry until fish has dried a little.
Add tomatoes and stock cube, fry until tomatoes have softened, about 3 minutes.
Add the shredded green with 2 tablespoons of water.
Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the greens have softened.
Stir gently and taste for salt.
Take off the heat.
Served with boiled sweet or Irish potatoes, East African chapati, rice, roasted plantains etc.
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