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Smoked fish in groundnut sauce and matoke

A traditional Ugandan dish you can make right at home!  The salty smoked dish is served with a traditional groundnut sauce made with a specific type of peanut grown specifically in continental Africa. Plus, dig in this dish with a homemade Matoke (aka yummy plantain steamed and grilled). 




  • 6 large green banana
  • 1 pack banana leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 litres water

Smoked Fish in Groundnut Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • A small knob of ginger, finely minced
  • 2 birds eye chilli peppers finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 1/2 ounces peanuts (grounded or peanut butter)
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 8 oz smoked fish (unsalted)
  • Sea salt, to season



  1. With a pairing knife or a peeler, take the skin off of the banana.
  2. Slice the plantains into one-inch pieces and place them in a bowl with the lemon juice for 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse plantains and place them in a pot with water. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until plantains are tender.
  4. Drain extra water and serve plantains as is, or lightly mash them together into a thicker consistency. Set aside for serving. 

Smoked Fish in Groundnut Sauce 

  1. In a medium/large pot add oil and onion at medium-low heat.
  2. After a minute add garlic, ginger and chillies and continue cooking for an additional minute.
  3. Reduce the heat and add tomato paste and some salt for seasonings
  4. Mix all ingredients thoroughly
  5. Add ground nuts and continue stirring in low heat until it becomes a thick paste.
  6. Add water, mix well and increase the heat to medium.
  7. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes in medium-low heat.
  8. Add fish and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. The sauce should have volume (not too thick like a paste). 
  10. Taste and season with salt if needed. 


  1. Serve fish with warm plantains topped with any extra groundnut sauce poured over the top. Enjoy!

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