Growing up in Ghana we ate more fish than meat or even chicken. Fish was in our daily meal. It was in our stews, soups, or sauces. This is because fish was easier to get and more affordable for the middle and the lower class in Ghana.
Eating fish every day can get old and boring so for that reason, we found many ways of cooking fish. Sometimes we make fried fish, grilled fish, smoked fish, dry fish, etc. In consuming fish on a daily basis we learned how to season it very well so that it is enjoyable. This is how we came up with this Afromeals Fish Rub!! This fish rub is also amazing with other seafood.
Fresh fish is always a great option however if you have frozen fish that works too. Take the time to defrost it.
- Remove scales from fish using a spoon or a knife to scrape the fish. Remove the gills and fins from the fish using cooking scissors and rinse the fish off with cold water. Rinsing your fish with hot water will cook the fish.
- (Optional) If you have lemon or lime fruit or juice, use it to rinse the fish. My family always rinsed the fish with lime or lemon to remove the fish smell and also the slime that some of the fish have. Once you rinse the fish with lemon juice, rinse it with cold water again.
- Pat dry your fish with a paper towel. On a cutting board, cut your fish into three pieces or you can keep the fish as a whole and make 2-3 slight cuts diagonally in the front and the back of the fish. This would help the fish cook through if you are not cutting it up.
- Add salt or bouillon powder to your fish according to your sodium tolerance. (Note: there is no salt or bouillon powder in our Fish rub)
- Rub about 2-3 teaspoon of Afromeal fish seasoning to your fish. Make sure to get it on the outside and the inside of the fish. Then add 1 tablespoon of oil to the fish.
- (Optional) Cut up some fresh onion and bell peppers and add it to the fish, then add about 1-2 teaspoons of oil to the fish.
- (Optional) place fish in a ziplock bag and let it marinate for about 30 minutes – 2 hours in a refrigerator.
- Place your fish on a grill, an air fryer, or bake it for about 20 minutes. For air, fryer bakes it at 375 F. To keep fish juicy on the outside wrap it with foil. However, if you prefer it a bit crunchy, leave the foil off.
- To fry fish, heat up oil in a pan, then slowly place the fish in the oil. Be careful as the fish would cause the oil to pop. Do not turn fish until you see it browning on the part facing down in the oil. If you turn it before time, fish will break apart in the oil :(. Carefully flip it to the next side and let that part fry as well. (Be careful as oil might pop while flipping it.). Once done frying rest it on a paper towel.
- You can pair fish with fried or baked plantains, potatoes, rice and stew or beans.