How to prepare salt fish balls

Pulse daily DIY recipe teaches prospective chefs how to prepare healthy, Ghanaian dishes in a simple way.

Fish ball


(4½ oz) salt fish fillet

225 g (8 oz) cold mashed potato

1 small onion, finely diced

1 tbsp spring onions (scallions), finely sliced

1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 large egg

1 tsp West Indian pepper sauce

½ tsp of Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp of light soy sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp English mustard powder

plain (all-purpose) flo

ur, enough to shape the balls

groundnut oil, for frying

salt and freshly ground

black pepper

lime wedges, to serve

red pepper mayonnaise, to serve



To prepare the salt fish, soak it in a bowl of water for 24 hours, changing the water five or six times. Transfer the soaked fish to a saucepan, cover with water and then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the fish is tender. Drain the fish, leave it to cool and then flake.

Add the fish to the mashed potato in a large mixing bowl and stir together well. Then add all the remaining ingredients, except for the groundnut oil, and check for seasoning. The mixture should be fairly stiff, yet workable.

With floured hands, shape the mixture into about 12 balls. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan over a medium heat until it is hot, then shallow fry the balls in batches for about a minute on each side or until they are golden brown. Serve with lime wed


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