The catfish or catfish (Silurus glanis) is a large, predator-like freshwater fish that is also found in Cameroon. It is known for its striking appearance with an elongated body, smooth skin and a large, broad head with whiskers that give it its characteristic appearance. Catfish is a popular food fish in many countries, including Cameroon, and is often prepared in various dishes.
Here is a simple recipe for a Cameroonian dish with catfish:
- 500 g catfish fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 pepper, chopped
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Pinch of ground pepper
- Fresh parsley or coriander to garnish (optional)
- Salt to taste
- In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil and add the onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers. Sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
- Add the tomato paste, cumin, paprika, thyme and pepper and mix well.
- Add the catfish fillets and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer the dish until the fish is cooked and the flavours are well blended (about 15-20 minutes).
- Season with salt and garnish with fresh parsley or coriander (optional) and serve.
This catfish dish is hearty and full of flavour. The fish has firm, juicy flesh and absorbs the flavours of the spices and vegetables well. It can be served with rice, potatoes or bread and is a delicious Cameroonian dish that will delight fish lovers.