Volta Seafood Stew Recipe

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Volta Seafood Stew Recipe

Volta Region Seafood Stew

My beautiful African wife is from the Volta region, in Ghana. And this, Volta Seafood Stew recipe,  is a particularly special favorite dish of mine. My bet is, once you’ve tried some, it will be a favorite of yours, too.

Volta Seafood Stew Recipe-

Ingredients:
  • 12 oz. fresh, prawns, (shrimp), peeled and deveined, shells and heads reserved
  • 2 tsp. tomato purée
  • 1″ piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled, and chopped fine 
  • 1 onion, peeled, and rough chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet chili pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 lb. fresh Atlantic mackerels, scaled, gutted, deboned, and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 Maggi seasoning cubes, crushed
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 14 oz. canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 white potato, peeled and chopped into 3/4″ cubes
  • 6 oz. okra, trimmed and rough chopped
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Directions:
  1. Place the prawn heads and shells into a medium-sized skillet and sauté until crispy and golden-brown. Crush with the back side of a wooden spoon, then add one teaspoon of the tomato puree and cover with 8 ounces of water. Raise heat to a simmer; skim off any scum that rises to the surface, and leave to simmer until ready for use, later.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-duty large skillet and tenderly fry the garlic, onion, ginger and Scotch Bonnet until softened, and light golden-brown.
  3. Now add the coriander seeds, cloves, paprika, crushed Maggi cubes and fennel seeds. Stir to combine well.
  4. Add and stir in the remaining tomato puree, then add and stir in the chopped tomatoes, thyme and cubed potato. Simmer until the potatoes are starting to soften – 5-6 minutes should do it.
  5. Strain the prawn stock through a sieve, pressing down on the shells and heads, then pour the liquid into the skillet with the stew. Simmer for 4-5 minutes to reduce some, then add and stir in the mackerel, prawns and okra. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes, just long enough so the seafood is cooked through.
  6. Serve your Volta Seafood Stew Recipe garnished with a sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro. Also, give each person a ball of banku, fufu, or kenkey.

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