Fish Stew Kenya Style

Fish Stew_Kenyan Style

I was craving some whole fish and though in Kenya we mainly deep fry our fish  before stewing, personally i prefer not to plus it is much healthier and still as tasty without the extra oil. I used red snapper for this recipe but you can easily use tilapia, rock-cod, kingfish the choice is yours. Ask your fish monger to scale and cut it for you in large chunks but if you want to practice removing the scales from the skin then by all means buy the fish whole and do it yourself at home. I prefer to have the fishmonger do it, saves me on time when it comes to preparing the dish.

Ingredients: serves 2

  • 1 large whole fish (washed,Cut into chunks, patted dry)
  • salt and black pepper (to season the fish-to taste)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion(chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (grated)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 fresh chili
  • 4 medium-large ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp royco
  • 1 heaped tbsp of dhania

Fish stew-Kenyan style


  1. In a deep man heat oil and fry onions until soft
  2. Add the ginger,garlic,chili and fry until fragrant (do not brown)
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, salt stir and simmer for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft
  4. Add the royco stir, then add the water stir well cover, with a lid and simmer for another 5 minutes
  5. In the meantime, season your fish with salt and black pepper but remember to use sparingly as stew is already seasoned.
  6. Add the fish cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until fish is cooked through.
  7. Sprinkle the dhania on top and serve.
  8. Enjoy with ugali/rice/chapati/mash you decide and some greens.


Royco is a Kenyan brand of mixed spices with some flour as a thickener. 
You can omit the royco and use a tsp of tomato paste and 1 tbsp of flour
to thicken the sauce which you would still add at step 4.

You could also add some curry powder or fish masala.

You can also use a couple of small sized fish and have everyone allocated their own fish.

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44 Responses

  1. shiko says:

    i loved this …. great recipe

  2. shiko says:

    great recipe!! really liked it.

  3. sebagala Nabila says:

    The fish looks appetising….. Really great am trying out this recipe

  4. Nani says:

    Good piece for a young Man learning to cook

  5. Anonymous says:

    I loved this. No more frying first n its pretty fast to make.

  6. elsie shisia says:

    Heaven. Just heaven

  7. MelloSimeon says:

    great wasn’t sure on how to cook fresh fish but now I’m good to go, thank you

  8. terry says:

    tried the recipe it turned out great! thank you

  9. Lynnette says:

    ?????am in love with the recipes

  10. Lynnette says:

    Someone say if weee to Sheena????

  11. Morris says:

    Tasty meals #Sheena’skitchen

  12. Anonymous says:

    Tasty Meals #Sheena’skitchen

  13. maggy says:

    I love it it is yaammy

  14. Mercy kinyua says:

    Hey am a horrible cook and today your recipe change that.that was amazing

  15. Vee says:

    I’m in Germany but i surprise my boyfriend with this recipe this weekend.Thanks Sheena?

  16. Vee says:

    I’m in Germany but i surprise my boyfriend with this recipe this weekend.Thanks Sheena?

  17. lucy karimi says:

    super nice..thanks alot

  18. Pee says:

    The Dish Looks Appetising I Am Falling In Love Wth The Recipe

  19. Dianne Wanja says:

    Love your recipes. Thank you!

  20. Kui says:

    Wow. Looks really good. I will definitely try this ???

  21. bill says:

    your recipe is amaze. it has put a smile on everyone who has eaten it

  22. Lydia says:

    Best fish recipe I’ve found online…very simple too

  23. Mitch says:

    Anyone in 2020 this recipe is amaze…. loved it i am even going to cook it again

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