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Thieboudienne (Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish) Recipe

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As a Nigerian, I thought nothing could rival our jollof rice, but after I tasted Thieboudienne (also ceebu jen or thiebou dieune), the Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish, a mini war for my heart began!


Prep Time1 hr

Cook Time1 hr

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: African, Senegalese, West African

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 654.9kcal

Author: Yummy Medley


The Fish

  • A handful of parsley about a heaping cup
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Scotch bonnet/ habanero pepper
  • 1 tsp shrimp bouillon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2.5  lbs blue snapper fish preferably cut into fish steaks or any white fish of your choice

The Rice

  • 2 cups of broken jasmine rice or regular jasmine rice soaking
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 purple eggplant
  • 4 carrots I used orange purple and yellow carrots
  • 1/2 a head of cabbage
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 3 scotch bonnet/ habanero peppers
  • For the sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 large onions sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 scotch bonnet/ habanero peppers I used green scotch bonnets, the color doesn’t really matter
  • 3 tbsp shrimp bouillon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste


Marinating the Fish

  1. With a mortar and pistol or in a food processor, grind the parsley, garlic, scotch bonnet, bullion black pepper and salt into a rough paste.
  2. Poke two holes into the flesh of the fish and stuff them with the parsley mix.
  3. Broil or Fry the fish until it is golden brown on each side, and set aside for the sauce.

How to Cook the Rice

  1. In a mortar and with a pestle or in a food processor grind the scotch bonnet peppers and garlic into a rough paste)
  2. Saute the sliced onions in the oil over medium heat until translucent
  3. Add in the tomato paste, and stir fry for 5 minutes. The tomato paste may start to brown a little.
  4. Add in the ground garlic and scotch bonnet and stir fry for another 2 minutes
  5. Add in bullion, black pepper, and 8 cups of water. At this stage, taste the sauce for salt, and adjust to your preference.
  6. Add in the tough vegetable first in to the sauce and cook until tender. In this case, add in the sweet potatoes, cook until tender and remove, then the carrots, cook until tender and remove. Continue adding in the vegetables until all the vegetables are cooked.
  7. Set the cooked vegetables aside and then add in the fish and cook in the sauce for 2-5 minutes.
  8. Once the fish has simmered in the sauce for 2-5 minutes, gently remove it from the sauce.
  9. At this point, drain the rice that has been cooking and pour into the sauce. The sauce should just cover the rice. Adjust the amount of water at this stage if needed to make sure that the rice is just covered.
  10. Cover the pot and simmer on low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes. You may seal the cover of the pot with foil to prevent steam from escaping.
  11. At the 15 minute mark, check that the rice has absorbed the moisture and is soft. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes if it needs more time. If the water has dried up and the rice is still not soft, add in 4 tbsp of water, cover and allow to cook.
  12. Serve hot with the vegetables and fish, and lime wedges


Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish Calories and Nutrition

This dish is quite rich and calorie dense (one of the reasons it was such a local favorite as an expensive but tasty energy source), so minimal servings are definitely recommended with this senegalese jollof rice! The estimated calorie count and nutritional information for one serving (meaning a plate) of thieboudienne is shown below with an assumption of a total of 8 servings from the ingredients above. Please note that the nutritional information below, including ingredients and calculations is sourced from a third party site and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will depend on the brands used, measuring standards, portion sizes and other factors.


Courtesy of YummyMedley.com


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