Fish and Greens Recipe - A Delicious Central African Republic Dish

Fish and Greens

Fish and Greens Recipe - A Delicious Central African Republic Dish
Region / culture: Central African Republic | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Fish and Greens
Fish and Greens

Fish and Greens is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the flavors of tender fish with hearty greens. This recipe is a popular choice for those looking for a healthy and satisfying meal.


Fish and Greens is a traditional dish that has been enjoyed for generations in many cultures around the world. The combination of fish and greens provides a balanced meal that is both flavorful and nutritious.


How to prepare

  1. In a deep pan, fry the fish in the oil.
  2. Add the garlic and onion.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until the onions are clear.
  4. Add water and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and spinach. (If using other greens, blanch them ahead of time.)
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Simmer until everything is cooked.
  8. Serve with Baton de manioc / Chikwangue, Fufu, or rice.


  • Substitute the fish with shrimp or chicken for a different flavor.
  • Add bell peppers, carrots, or other vegetables for added texture and color.
  • Use different types of greens, such as spinach or collard greens, for variety.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use fresh fish for the best flavor.

- Be careful not to overcook the fish, as it can become tough and dry.

- Adjust the seasoning to suit your taste preferences.

- Feel free to add other vegetables or herbs to customize the dish to your liking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Fish and Greens with Baton de manioc / Chikwangue, Fufu, or rice for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

Blanch the greens before adding them to the dish to help retain their vibrant color and nutrients.

- Simmer the fish and greens together to allow the flavors to meld and develop.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use olive oil or coconut oil instead of cooking oil for a healthier option.

- Replace the canned tomatoes with fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce for a different taste.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the fish and greens ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook. This dish can also be frozen for later use.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Fish and Greens in a large serving dish with a garnish of fresh herbs or a squeeze of lemon for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Fish and Greens with a crisp white wine or a light beer for a refreshing and complementary drink.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 300 per serving


Carbohydrates: 12g per serving


Total Fat: 15g per serving

Saturated Fat: 2g per serving


Protein: 25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Fish and Greens is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Iron.


This recipe contains fish and may not be suitable for those with seafood allergies.


Fish and Greens is a well-balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.


Fish and Greens is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is easy to prepare and perfect for a healthy meal. Enjoy this dish with your favorite side dishes for a complete and satisfying meal.

How did I get this recipe?

I vividly recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Fish and Greens. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished helping my Aunt Sarah in the garden. As a thank you for my hard work, she invited me into her cozy kitchen to show me a new recipe she had learned from a friend.

As I watched her prepare the dish, I was mesmerized by the colors and aromas that filled the room. The fresh herbs, vibrant vegetables, and succulent fish all came together in perfect harmony. I knew right then and there that I had to learn how to make this dish for myself.

Aunt Sarah patiently walked me through each step of the recipe, explaining the importance of using the freshest ingredients and cooking with love and care. She told me stories of how she had learned the recipe from a fisherman she had met on a trip to the coast many years ago.

The fisherman had taught her the importance of respecting the ocean and the bounty it provided. He showed her how to select the best fish, how to clean and prepare them with precision, and how to pair them with the perfect combination of greens and herbs.

As I listened to Aunt Sarah's stories, I felt a deep connection to the recipe and the tradition behind it. I knew that I wanted to carry on this knowledge and share it with future generations.

Over the years, I perfected my own version of the Fish and Greens recipe, adding my own twist with a special blend of spices and herbs that I had collected from my travels. I shared the dish with my friends and family, who all raved about its delicious flavor and wholesome ingredients.

One day, I decided to enter a cooking competition at the local fair. I brought my Fish and Greens dish as my entry, hoping to showcase the recipe that had become so dear to me. To my surprise and delight, I won first place in the competition, and my recipe was featured in the local newspaper.

From that day on, my Fish and Greens recipe became a staple in my household. I would prepare it for special occasions, family gatherings, and quiet dinners at home. Each time I made the dish, I felt a sense of pride and joy in knowing that I had learned something valuable and passed it down to my loved ones.

As I look back on my journey with the Fish and Greens recipe, I am filled with gratitude for the people and places that have inspired me along the way. From Aunt Sarah's kitchen to the fisherman's seaside shack, each experience has shaped me into the cook I am today.

I am proud to carry on the tradition of this beloved recipe, knowing that it will continue to bring joy and nourishment to those who taste it. And as I grow older, I find comfort in knowing that the memories and stories behind the recipe will live on in the hearts of my family for years to come.


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