Spicy Red Snapper and Fresh Prawn Soup

Sea food is a delicacy enjoyed by different cultures around the world.

However, the kind of dishes savored in one country may differ from the other, based on the available type of sea food.

In Ghana, communities along the coast of the country have wide varieties of sea food recipes. One of the popular dishes that is very healthy and tasty is the spicy red snapper and fresh prawn soup.

This delicacy is usually enjoyed with cooked rice or boiled sweet potatoes.

Below is a step by step, recipe to prepare Spicy Red Snapper and Fresh Prawn soup.


2 Mediums sized Red Snapper

6 Medium sized prawns

5 Medium sized roma tomatoes

2 Table spoons tomato puree

1 large onion

1 small onion

1 inch piece of ginger

1 single clove from bulb of garlic

2 green habanero peppers

4 chilli peppers

1  bouillon cube

Salt to taste

2 basil leaves


Remove scales and offal from the two red snapper fishes, wash very well and the cut each into two halves.  Clean the prawns well and add them to the red snapper in a large sauce pan.

Clean small onion, ginger, green habanero peppers, garlic and blend them together into a smooth paste. Pour this on the red snapper and prawn in the saucepan, sprinkle the bouillon cube on it and add a pint of salt to it. Cover the saucepan with a well fitted lid and set it on fire on low heat.

Wash tomatoes, large onion, chilli peppers well and blend together into a smooth paste and set aside.

Allow the red snapper and prawn on fire to cook for 15 mins, then pour the blended tomatoes, onion and chilli into the boiling content of the sauce pan.

Turn up fire to medium heat and add the 2 table spoons of tomato puree. Gently stir content in the saucepan and add three cups of clean water to the soup.  Cover it and allow the soup to boil for 10 mins.

Taste after the 10 mins to be sure the salt is to your taste. Now add the basil leaves and leave the soup on low heat to boil for 10-15 minutes.

Set aside when soup is ready and serve with cooked rice or boiled sweet potatoes.

Watch below a video tutorial of another spicy red snapper soup usually prepared in Ghana.

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