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By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Published 2009

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You can buy frozen tilapia in Indian grocery stores, but they are skinless fillets which cook too fast and break up, unless you can get hold of the fatter variety. Back in Mwanza they used to cook the whole fish taken fresh from the lake. Good substitutes are cod, halibut or coley steaks, or any whole fish which has firm flesh.


  • Whole fish weighing 4 lb or 4 lb of fish steaks



  • If using a whole fish, get it scaled, then make three to four slashes on either side. You can take the head off, but I don’t. My ex-mother-in-law liked no other part of a fish better, and in her memory I always keep the heads on.
  • With fish steaks, wash and then sprinkle them with a little salt. Leave for an hour.</