Roasted Fish


Ok I lied, its more like baked fish…..

Oven baked tilapia

A few years ago, I discovered this recipe and it has taken me a long time to perfect it and add it into my arsenal of recipes that I use very often in my house. Its healthy which is something I am always gunning for these days and so very delicious! You see one of my fave dishes growing up in Nigeria was Boli and fish, If you grew up in the Eastern part of Nigeria, it is an amazing snack that is sold on the road side. I sometimes randomly during my day smell authentic boli roasting and I just want to run back to my house in Port-harcourt and run to the lady that sold Boli and fish a few minutes away. Alas I cannot and therefore I tr my best re-create that recipe at home. It still has never come out exactly like hers (I think I am missing something in the sauce) but It gets very close with each time I try. Next time I go home, I would make a dash for her stall pen and paper in hand and beg on all fours if necessary for a recipe and I can only hope to try and recreate it. In the mean time here is my recipe for roasted fish. Hope you have an awesome week and we will chat soon!

Roasted fish

Serves 1
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region African
Whole baked fish. Roasted whole fish. African, Nigerian


  • 1 whole tilapia/mackarel/Red snapper (Any fish can be used.)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (atarado/habenero)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 finger garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 handful fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cube seasoing cube (i.e maggi/knorr to taste)


Step 1
Clean and rinse fish with warm water and set it in the middle of my foil paper
Step 2 Blend Maggi, onions, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, oyster sauce, soy sauce and scotch bonnet peppers (ata rodo)
Step 3 Marinate the fish in the sauce and put it in my fridge for one hour.
Step 4 Remove from the fridge and add some fresh tarragon. Cover with some fresh sweet peppers and some more tarragon
Step 5 Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Step 6 Open the foil paper and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes until the fish is crispy.


You can modify the quantities of the ingredients you add to the marinade to your taste. A recipe is only a guideline.

whole tilapia1

Till next time



p.s I am contemplating putting up a post about home decor  featuring my apartment..but I am not


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  1. dat1okrikagirl Says: June 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    thanks for the recipe Lohi, i love baked fish.
    –you should definitely do a home decor post, i love seeing new idea

  2. My people are from the Lake Victoria region in Kenya so give us baked fish (TILAPIA esp) any day and we will be content for life! This looks great and I can imagine very healthy. I like the kick of pepper in there too!

  3. can i use parsley instead of tarragon??

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