Step by step on how to cook Yoruba fresh fish stew popularly known as “Omi Obe Eja”
People of South-West Nigeria, Yoruba, do not joke with Fresh Fish Stew aka Omi Obe Eja for it’s delicious and nutritious value.
The viscosity of this stew is more watery than that of beef or chicken soup and it is not fried like stew for rice.
Because of this, the Yoruba termed it omi obe eja.
Everyone eagerly anticipates tasting the distinctive flavor of fresh fish stew served at ceremonies.
1 medium size fresh fish of your choice (Tilapia, Obokun, Catfish etc)
2 large red bell peppers
4 scotch bonnet peppers/ habanero
6 tomatoes 1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic -(Not compulsory)
Ginger (size of garlic cloves)- (Not compulsory)
4 cooking spoon palm oil
2 Seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
How To Cook
1. Clean fish in water by rinsing, scaling, and cleaning.
Drain the fish once it has been well cleaned of any fish muck, then season it with salt, curry, thyme, and cube seasoning.
Make careful to season the fish well.
For 30 minutes, set the fish aside.
2. Combine with one cup of water the bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers, garlic, and ginger.
Blend until completely liquefied.
3. In a saucepan, heat the oils for about two minutes, but avoid letting them smoke.
After one minute, add the chopped onion and gently add the mixed mixture.
Leave to cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the tomatoes’ sour flavor has disappeared.
For 20 minutes, cover after adding two glasses of water.
4. Add the fish, and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the fishflakes.
Because the fish has already been seasoned, taste it to see whether you need to add any salt.
Cook for a further five minutes, then turn off the heat.
Be cautious not to add too much water because fresh fish typically release water as you cook it.
It must not be too thick though.
Fish soup is served with ewedu, vegetables, and okro as a side dish.
If you’re not a fan of drawing soup, you may also eat it sans Ewedu and Okro.
In Yoruba culture, this dish is called Obe Eja Tutu and not rice stew.
Try it out to compare the results.