Nigerian Catfish Barbecue

Nigerian Catfish Barbecue is a classic Nigerian Meal that is usually eaten in exclusive bars and restaurants.

As with most recipes that turn out Tasty, this grilled Catfish recipe doesn’t need much. The key to Achieving this great taste is to have the right combination of spices soaking in the raw Catfish for the right amount of time.

In this article, I will be showing you how to make the Nigerian Catfish Barbecue

So Let’s Jump in:

For Fish

  • 1 Large Catfish (1kg)
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp Cameroon pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Optional: 1 tsp suya spice
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 Chicken Seasoning cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Aluminum Foil

For sauce

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp curry
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Suya Spice


Catfish Preparation

  • Cut and clean your Catfish thoroughly and use the sliced lemon to get rid of any unpleasant slime;
  • Make long gashes along the body of the fish.
  • Get the aluminum foil and spray it with your cooking oil so that your fish won’t stick to the foil. Place the fish in the center of the foil and Combine all the spices and oil and rub over the fish on both sides.. Squeeze a wedge of lemon all over the fish. Leave to marinate for 30mins or 1hr (preferred). Then wrap your fish lengthwise over your fish.
  • Grill your fish for about 15 – 30 minutes on each side. Use your oven for the grilling ( But you can also use open pit grill). To make the grilled fish in the oven, preheat the oven on medium heat, Flip the fish multiple times in the course of grilling to ensure it cooks well, a time frame of 15 minutes for each side will be enough

Sauce Preparation

  1. Coarsely blend tomatoes, bell pepper, and scotch bonnet pepper.
  2. Sauté onions in oil over medium heat then add tomato and pepper mix.
  3. Season with a stock cube, thyme, suya spice, and curry.
  4. Fry for 15 minutes and taste for salt. Adjust as needed.
  5. Spread some on top of fish or serve as a side.


The most popular way in which the grilled fish is enjoyed is with bottles of beer or some other chilled drinks, which make the spicy deliciousness of the fish go down smoothly. But to really enjoy the Nigerian grilled fish, it is best to serve it with a side of salad or coleslaw and a serving of potato chips.

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