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Nigerian Fish Roll Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

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Nigerian fish roll recipe




15 people

Prep Time
20 Min

Total Time
1H 10 Min

  • 400g of plain flour
  • 100g of margarine/butter
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ cup of water, or enough to get a non-stretchy dough
Ingredients For Filling:
  • 1 or 2 fresh mackerel fish (cut in pieces) OR canned tuna/mackerel
  • 1 Irish or sweet potatoes, cube-sized
  • 1 grated carrot, optional
  • Half of an onion, sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil of choice
  1. 1
    If using fresh mackerel, put in a pot and bring to boil with water on the same level with the fish. Season with salt and seasoning cube(s) if needed.
  2. 2
    When soft, take off heat and allow to cool. Debone and mash with a fork. If using canned mackerel/tuna, there’s no need for step 1, just mash with a fork.
  3. 3
    In a large pan, heat up oil and sauté onions till it’s translucent. Add your grated carrots (optional) and stir to combine. Add your cayenne pepper to your taste then add your cube-sized Irish/ sweet potatoes. Add your stock (from your boiled fish), cover and allow the potatoes to cook till soft. Add your mashed fish then stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. 4
    For the dough
    In a large bowl, add flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  5. 5
    Make a well in the middle and add your butter/margarine. Mix well with hands to get a crumbly texture, much like bread crumbs. Then, add your egg and stir into the crumbly dough.
  6. 6
    In little increments, add water and mix thoroughly. Repeat the process till you achieve a non-stretchy dough.
  7. 7
    Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 3-5minutes then allow to rest covered for about 5 minutes.
  8. 8
    Return to your lightly floured surface and cut out a portion to be rolled out. Roll with the aid of a rolling pin to get the thickness and shape desired. Cut out the extras to get a rectangular shape or most preferably, can use a pie cutter.
  9. 9
    Fill at the edge of your rectangular shaped dough, fold and seal at the other end with water. Repeat the process till your fish roll is exhausted.
  10. 10
     Deep-fry in a preheated oil till golden brown. To know when the oil is hot, just drop a small dough into the oil, if it turns brown and floats then it’s ready to be used.
  • This ingredients and recipe is very similar to that of fish pie recipe. The minor differences are the shape of the dough and fish pie is baked instead of fried.
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Here are the frequently asked questions about making fish rolls

Can I add yeast to my dough for fish roll?

You can add either yeast or baking powder to your fish roll dough.

How long can fish roll be stored for?

Fish roll could be stored in a freezer for about 4-5 days and reheated in an oven when needed. However, it's best eat it within 24 hours of making 

Can I roll out the dough, keep in the freezer and fry the next day?

You can roll out the dough from the freezer a day after. Just allow to defrost for about an hour then fry. 

What is Mackerel?

Mackerel is popularly known as Titus fish. It’s also called iced fish and called “Eja Alaran” in Yoruba.


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Type: Snack

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 15 servings

Preparation Time: PT20M

Cooking Time: PT50M

Total Time: PT1H10M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Margarine/Butter
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Mackerel fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrot
  • onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg

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