Cookbook:Firire (Senegalese Fried Fish with Sauce)

Firire (Senegalese Fried Fish with Sauce)
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Firire is a dish loved by most Senegalese people. It is usually eaten as dinner and can be served with bread or fresh green salad.




  1. Wash the fish very well and make slashes along the body.
  2. Combine the garlic, mustard, vinegar, chile powder, red pepper, onions, and a pinch of salt. Rub on the fish, and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Scrape the onions off the fish, and reserve them.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over moderate heat. Add the fish, and fry on both sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
  5. Add the marinated onions to the pan. Fry until browned, stirring every 2–3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the green pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook for about 7 minutes. Set aside this sauce.
  7. Combine a dash of vinegar, oil, and mustard to make a dressing. Toss the dressing with the lettuce and cucumber. Set aside
  8. Fry the plantain, and season with salt to taste.
  9. Arrange the salad in a dish, and place the fish in the center. Garnish with tomatoes and plantains. Serve with the reserved sauce.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can enjoy the firire with bread instead of plantains. It is also excellent with mayonnaise.