Samaki Wa Kukaanga

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Prepare time: 30 min
Cook: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hr 10 min

Samaki wa kukaanga,  in Swahili for “fried fish,” is a dish that is simple and also a very popular way to prepare fish in Eastern Africa. It is a popular item at roadside food stands.


  • Fish, whole or fillets cut into serving portions — 2 pounds
  • Lime or lemon juice — 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, minced — 4 or 5 cloves
  • Salt — 2 teaspoons
  • Cayenne pepper — 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil — 1/2 cup


  1. Add the fish, lime or lemon juice, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper to a large, non-reactive bowl and set aside to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Remove the fish from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Fry the fish in the hot oil until browned on each side.
  4. Serve with rice and sukuma wiki.


The amount of cayenne can be varied to your taste. Or try using a minced jalapeño or Serrano pepper.

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