Grilled Fish Recipe: Poisson Braisé

Africa is a continent where seafood dishes are very popular. An Ivorian favorite dish called Poisson Braisé is a spicy grilled fish served with plantains or yams. Fish is very affordable in the Ivory Coast and this dish is a popular after-work treat or a good meal at home.

This recipe uses an entire fish marinated in a mix of herbs and spices and grilled to perfection. You may pair this spicy grilled fish with salad, rice, bread or a hearty soup.


• 1 whole Seabass, cleaned
• 1 medium onion, grated
• 1 tbsp grated ginger
• 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
• 1 tsp garlic, grated
• 1 tbsp lime juice
• 1 bouillon cube
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tbsp oil
• ½ tsp chili powder or to taste

Onion Sauce:

• 1 tbsp oil
• 1 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1 tomato, mashed
• 1 bouillon cube
• black pepper
• 1 tsp freshly ground green chilies
• 1 tbsp lime juice


This recipe takes about 50 minutes to make. The fish needs to marinate for at least an hour or overnight. Serves 3 to 4.

To prepare the marinade, put onion, ginger, parsley, garlic, lime juice, bouillon cube, black pepper, oil, and chili powder into a small bowl.
Mix together until you form a paste.
Cut 4 slits on each side of the fish.
Rub marinade all over the fish including the cavity.
Put the fish in a sealed plastic container and cover with plastic wrap.
Put it in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour.
Grill the fish for 30 to 40 minutes.
While the fish is grilling, prepare the onion sauce.
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add tomato, bouillon cube, black pepper, green chilies, and lime juice.
Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer grilled fish to a plate and pour onion sauce on top.

Ideas And Tips:

• You may use tilapia, perch or red snapper.

• Whether you are grilling the fish in an oven or outdoor grill, make sure to oil the baking sheet or grill before putting the fish in.

• You can also pulse all the ingredients for the marinade in a food processor to make a smoother paste.

Grilled Fish Recipe: Poisson Braisé
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