Recipe – How To Make Nigerian Barbecue Fish

This week, our recipe is Nigerian Barbecue fish? It is specifically called Nigerian Barbecue Fish because of the addition of tatashe which is a different type of red bell pepper to the marinade. This gives the fish the redness after it has been grilled. See recipe below. You can also watch a video of how to prepare Nigerian barbecue fish below.

Tilapia is a low calorie and high protein food that helps in the calorie burning process. Tilapia maintains a low scale on fat and calories thus helps our body from aging by reducing any such symptoms. It is also rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins which strengthen our bone health and further reduce the risk of Osteoporosis. It’s advisable to incorporate tilapia fish into our meals for the benefit of the whole family. Enjoy!

Nigerian barbeque fish

Did you miss our recipe for last week? No worries, here is a recipe on Fresh Plantain Fufu. Enjoy!


  • 1 Large Tilapia Fish
  • A thumb size of Ginger
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 7 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (Adjust accordingly)
  • 1 Bulb of onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • A handful of Parsley
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Chicken Seasoning cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of Suya Spice
  • 1/2 cup of Vegetable oil


1. Descale and wash fish, make incisions in the fish for better seasoning and set aside.

2. Secondly, blend the ginger, garlic, peppers, onions, tomatoes, parsley, green pepper, chicken seasoning cube, suya spice and vegetable oil till all is coarsely blended.

3. With gloves or well oiled hands, rub the marinade all over the fish and inside the slits as well and allow to sit for about an hour or 2.

4. Oil your grill rack and if you are using a fish grill basket, oil that as well. Place your seasoned fish in the fish grill basket and place on the grill. You can also place directly on the grill as long as it is well oiled.

5. Flip the fish multiple times in the course of grilling to ensure it cooks well which would take 30-45 minutes and pour some marinade on each side as you flip.

6. Once fish is cooked, serve it hot with the blended marinade (optional), extra onions, green pepper and any other accompaniment.

NB: If you do not have access to some of the ingredients like parsley, you can skip that. That just brings a certain freshness to the marinade taste wise. You can also be adventurous and add scent leaves or partminger. If you also don’t have an open grill, you can also still achieve the same effect in the oven without the extra smoke but you can use liquid smoke to compensate.

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Recipe and video source: Afrolems

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