INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Pieces of Tilapia
  • 1 Yellow Onion (Medium) 
  • 5-6 Habanero Peppers (Based on preference)
  • Ginger (1/4 Thumbsize – based on preference)
  • Garlic (I personally don’t like garlic so I always omit)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded & Chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Suya Pepper
  • Salt
  • Cooking Oil (Vegetable, Olive Oil, etc.)
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 Lemons
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cooking Spray

PROCEDURE:

  1. Clean the fish; make sure to cut off the fins, scales, etc. and rinse it off with water
  2. Make 3-4 incisions on both sides of the fish and place it in a large bowl
  3. Soak the Tilapia in 3-4 tablespoons of Distilled White Vinegar, fresh lemon juice from one lemon, and 2-3 tablespoons of salt for a few minutes (around 10-15 minutes) then rinse
  4. Pat the fish dry and place in a dry bowl
  5. In a blender, pulse onion, peppers, ginger, suya pepper, and 2 tablespoons of oil
  6. Taste the mixture and add salt, if needed
  7. Squeeze 1/2 lemon all over cleaned fish and wearing gloves generously fill the inside and outside of the fish with the blended ingredients
  8. Wrap the bowl with cling wrap and place it in the fridge to marinate overnight*
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF/177ºC/Gas Mark 4
  10. Line baking sheet with parchment paper/aluminum foil and generously spray the with cooking spray
  11. Lightly shake the bowl and remove the cling wrap
  12. Transfer the coated Tilapia to the greased baking sheet, add sliced onions/other veggies (if using) and bake in the oven for 30 minutes using the middle rack in the oven
  13. After 30 minutes, open the oven and using a cooking brush, brush the top of the fish with the juices from the fish
  14. Serve with Fried Yams, Banku, Kenkey, etc. 
  15. Enjoy! If this recipe was useful, please leave a comment below!

*If you are using the same day, make sure to marinate the Tilapia for a few hours prior to baking!