West African Fish Rub


 

West African Fish Rub

West African Fish Rub is a traditional West African spice blend, using local spices, that is used as a very flavoursome rub for grilled or deep-fried fish. The full recipe is presented here and I hope you enjoy this classic West African version of: West African Fish Rub.

Though not truly 'authentic' the rub given below is based on a fish seasoning that my wife uses and it does incorporate traditional West African spices (as well as European-influenced herbs found in West Africa). It makes a fiery and flavoursome rub that goes well with meaty fish.
Ingredients:
  • 6 Sénégal pepper pods
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp dried piri-piri chillies
  • 5 uzazi peppercorns
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp alligator pepper seeds (or grains of paradise)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly-grated calabash%20nutmeg (or nutmeg)
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp parsley

Directions
Add the dry ingredients to a coffee grinder and grind to a fine, smooth, powder. Then add the other ingredients and grind to a smooth paste (you can store this in an air-tight container in the fridge for a few days if needed). Use as a rubbing spice mixture for strongly-flavoured fish such as tuna, monkfish, sardines, mackerel before cooking on a barbecue.

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