Senegal: Menu of Typical Dishes

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A list of typical Senegalese dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Senegalese-style meal, party or festival.

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Typical Senegalese Dishes

Appetizers and Snacks

  • Akkra (Black-eyed pea fritters)
  • Arachides Grillées (Roasted peanuts)
  • Pastels (Vegetable and fish fritters)


  • Soupokandia (Fish and okra stew)


  • Avocats aux Crevettes (Salad with avocados and shrimp)
  • La Salade Côte Cap Verte (Green salad with chopped eggs)


  • Poulet Yassa (Chicken with onions)
  • Thiou au Poulet (Chicken Stew)


  • Ceebu Yapp (Meat with rice and vegetables); see Ceebu Jen recipe
  • Mafé (Meat in peanut sauce)
  • Thiou a la Viande (Beef Stew)

Fish and Seafood

  • Beignets de Poissons (Fish fritters)
  • Dem Farci (Stuffed fish)
  • Kaldou (Fish in lemon sauce over rice)
  • Mboum (Fish with cabbage)
  • Poisson Yassa (Fish with onions); see Poulet Yassa recipe
  • Ceebu Jen (Fish with rice and vegetables)

Breads and Grains

  • Baguette (French bread)
  • Couscous Mboum (Couscous with vegetables)
  • Daxin (Rice gruel with meat and peanut sauce)
  • Mabxal (Rice gruel with smoked fish or meat)
  • Mil (Millet)
  • Pain de Brousse (Village bread)
  • Supukanj (Rice with okra sauce)

Sauces and Condiments

  • Beuc (Bissap leaf sauce)
  • Diwu Nor (Fermented butter sauce)
  • Nététou (Spicy sauce from néré tree seeds)
  • Yet (Fermented, dried mollusc condiment)


  • Cinq Centimes (Five-cent cookies)
  • Ngalax (Dessert porridge)
  • Sombii (Rice pudding)


  • Attaya (Senegalese tea)
  • Demitasse (Coffee)
  • Jus de Bissap (Bissap flower beverage)
  • Jus de Tamarin (Tamarind beverage)