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Samaki wa Kukaanga

Kenyan fry shack

(Kenyan spicy fried fish filets)

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Samaki wa kukaanga, Swahili for "fried fish," is a simple but popular way to prepare fish in Eastern Africa. It is sometimes sold at roadside stands.

4 servings


  • Fish fillets, cut into serving portions -- 2 pounds
  • Lime or lemon juice -- 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, minced -- 4-5 cloves
  • Salt -- 2 teaspoons
  • Cayenne pepper -- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil -- 1/2 cup


  1. Add the fish, lime or lemon juice, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper to a large, non-reactive bowl and set aside to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the fish fillets from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Fry the fillets in the hot oil until browned on each side.
  3. Serve with rice and sukuma wiki (see greens recipe variations).


  • The amount of cayenne can be varied to your taste. Or try using a minced jalapeño or Serrano pepper.

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