I had this Pepper soup with Tilapia once and I got hooked!
I went over to my friend’s house to visit and like most African women she loves to cook – we all know its one thing to love to cook and quite another to actually know how – my friend knows how to cook!
So there I was hoping for some jollof rice and these friend plantains she usually prepares when I go over to see her when Sarah said to me, “Lynda I’m also making some pepper soup – would you like some?”
My first thoughts were, “Uhm – NO!”
To be honest, hearing the words pepper and soup in the same statement scared me a bit; and the image my mind conjured up at the thought of “pepper soup” was a cauldron filled with chilli pepper swimming in a watery broth. Nevertheless, my answer completely conflicted with my thoughts as I blurted out an oddly firm “Yes!”
I may not have had an idea of what “pepper soup” really was, but I knew Sarah could cook – very well!
Just last week we shared mashed beans with plantains and yams with fried stew and shrimps and boy were they delicious; I had no reason to doubt “pepper soup” would knock my socks of and it sure did!
What’s in store-bought Pepper Soup Mix?
- 1 tbsp dried cloves
- 1 tbsp aniseed pepper
- 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp allspice seed
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp tamarind pods
- 1 tbsp dry ginger
- A pack of ground pepper soup mix
- 2 Tilapia Fish
- 1 Bouillon cubes
- Pinch of Salt
1. The “pepper soup mix” was a pre-packaged mix of herbs and spices we mixed with 5 cups of water and sliced onions.
2. While the pepper soup cooked, the Tilapia (fin removed) was thoroughly cleaned, cut into 3 or 4 pieces and seasoned with salt and garlic.
Tilapia – scale free, cleaned
3. After 5 minutes, Tilapia is added and allowed to boil in the soup for 15 minutes by which time the fish should have softened.
With the Tilapia fish all nice and soft and the kitchen’s pleasant aroma, we were ready to dig in!
I love Tilapia fish pepper soup – it tasted spicy, tangy, deeply flavorful and I love it! So, I swore to cook it for my friends or while at home by myself on a cold, winter night.