African Fried Smoked Fish with Gari Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 1 pound (450 g) smoked herring or mackerel
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons peeled and finely grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and pureed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste blended with 1/4 cup water
  • 2 fresh red chiles, minced
  • 1/2 pound (225 g) green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups gari*
How to cook African Fried Smoked Fish with Gari:
  • Season the fish with salt and ginger. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan, and saute the fish until crisp and brown. Remove from the oil, drain, set aside, and keep hot.
  • In the remaining hot oil, add the onions and saute until they are almost brown. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chiles, green beans, and garlic salt. Return the fish to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Put the gari in a bowl and add enough lightly salted cold water just to corer it completey. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until the gari absorbs the liquid and swells. Fluff the gari with a fork. Accompany each serving of fried fish with some of the vegetables, and gari.


The African Fried Smoked Fish with Gari recipe is from The Ivory Coast. Its original name is Atsieke. Pronounced acherker, atsieke is street food at its best. Particularly popular at the street stalls and roadside cafes of the colorful Abidjan (the country’s economic center) suburb of Treichville, atsieke is a combination of fish, vegetables, and gari, and is usually served with Chile Sambal or Pepper Sauce. You can also serve it with a combination meat and vegetable sauce.


*Gari is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. Gari is often served and eaten after sushi, and is sometimes called sushi ginger.

This recipe for African Fried Smoked Fish with Gari serves/makes: 4

The African Fried Smoked Fish with Gari (Atsieke) recipe is adopted from A Taste of Africa by Dorinda Hafner 2002 .

Main Ingredient: Herring (more Herring recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: African (more African recipes)

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