Char Grilled Tilapia

Tilapia is one of the most common fishes found in Ghana especially in Accra. Every area in Accra has a tilapia joint. It is part of our night life. Tilapia is enjoyed most when it's charcoal grilled because that gives it a smoky beautiful taste. You swing by your favorite tilapia joint after work and have a grilled fish platter with banku or a grilled fish bbq with friends. I mean an area that doesn't have a tilapia joint is that one too an area. 

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What you need

2 large tilapia

1 large onion

1 tablespoon ginger paste/grated or finely diced

1 medium garlic clove

1/2 cup petite belle pepper/kpakpo shito

1 tablespoon veg oil

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon rosemary



 Blend the onion, pepper, garlic with little water. Pour into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients excluding the fish. Taste and adjust salt.  Score the fish (cut diagonal lines on it) and pour marinade over it. Put into a ziplock bag or in a bowl with a cover. Put into fridge and allow to marinade for at least 6+ hrs.

Set up your charcoal grill and make sure heat is medium high. Oil fish and put on hot grill as gently as possible so as not to bruise it. Depending on the size of your fish grill each side for 10-15 mins then turn  gently. so the other side cooks. Manage the heat properly so fish does not burn when grilling. 

Serve with chili sauce and sautéed veggies.  Chili sauce can be made by blending about 2 medium tomatoes, a handful of chili peppers (add more or less) and 1 medium onion. Whiles blending make sure it doesn't go too smooth, we are not making baby food. Add salt and serve with grilled fish.