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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup Recipe

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe



 Sierra Leone is a small coastal African country where fishing is a way of life. 

Roadside market in Sierra Leone
Roadside market in Sierra Leone

As such fish is an important representing almost 70 percent of the animal protein consumed in Sierra Leone. The herb sorrel or sour grows wild in Sierra Leone. The leaves of the sorrel plant are the part used in recipes throughout Sierra Leone. 

Because of its pungent flavor, sorrel is often combined with fish; blanch the sorrel leaves before cooking if they taste too sharp. Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup is an easy one pot recipe to make ahead or on a weeknight. 

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe


Ingredients:
1 handful fresh sorrel leaves, chopped
Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe
Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup
4 ounces any smoked fish
Peppers to taste
2 cups water

Directions:
In a large pot with water boil the sorrel for 3 minutes, drain water. Add water, fish and seasoning to pot of sorrel and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice or as a soup.


Did you know…?
Sorrel has a characteristically sharp acidic taste and contains large amounts of oxalic acid which can interfere with absorption of some minerals. Spinach and broccoli also contain high amounts of oxalic acid.

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