Types of Fish used in Nigerian cuisines
FISH & SHELLFISH
Excellent source of protein calcium phosphorous and vitamins A&D
fish and hot smoked dried fish is eaten widely in Nigeria. Fresh fish
was preserved by hot smoking till dry on wood fires by fisherman who
went to sea in their canoes. The demand keeps the local fish industries
thriv ing and smoke dried fish has become synonymous with Nigerian cuisine.
All types of white or oily fresh fish cray- fish and prawns are preserved
by this method.
Types of fish
White fish :- Sole Cod Tilapia Bream Catfish.
Oily fish :- Whitebait Herring Mackerel Sardine.
Shellfish: -Prawns Crayfish Crab Lobster Periwinkles.
Stockfish (air-dried fish usually Cod imported from Nor-
way) used preferably soaked overnight in cold salted water
Good fresh stock made from bones and flesh of meat fish and poultry
with added vegetables herbs and spices is the base on which most recipes
in this book is built. The bones releas gelatine whilst cooking which
gives body to the stock and the vegetables gives additional flavour
thus enhancing greatly the overall taste of a dish whenever used. But
if time is of the essence stock or bouillion cubes are accept able replacement
following the makers instructions for use. The disadvantage I find with
this is the lack of jellying qualities and some are too highly seasoned
and after a while every dish starts tasting the same. Vacuum parked
fresh stock portions is now readily available in supermarkets.
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