Prepare time: 30 min
Cook: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hr

Atsieke as the name implies is a nutritious meal. Rich in protein and carbohydrates. It can be taken alongside vegetables and fruits. It is common among many Ivorians and people living in the West African region.


  • 1 pound (500 g) smoked herring or mackerel
  • Salt
  • 3 tablspoons peeled and finely grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and pureed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste blened with 1/4 cup water
  • 2 fresh red chiles, minced
  • 1/2 pound (250 g) green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups gari


  1. Season the fish with salt and ginger. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan, and saute the fish until crisp and brown.
  2. Remove from the oil, drain, set aside, and keep hot. In the remaining hot oil, add the onions and saute until they are almost brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chiles, green beans, and garlic salt.
  4. Return the fish to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  5. Put the gari in a bowl and add enough lightly salted cold water just to corer it completey. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until the gari absorbs the liquid and swells.
  6. Fluff the gari with a fork. Accompany each serving of fried fish with some of the vegetables and gari.