Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Plantain Stir-fry – Sierra Leone Flavours

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 I never ever leave London’s Brixton market without a backpack fully laden with food. Infact, I buy my backpacks solely on how much ‘salone food’ I can fit in to them. Style – that don’t matter.

So on my last trip to Brixton, I loaded up on 6 tins of coconut milk, 1.5 kilo of cashew nuts, 2.5 kilos of rice flour, 12 packets of plantain crisps (mini chefs are obsessed with these), 1 kilo of okra, 6 scotch bonnet chillis, 6 phone cards, 6 mangoes and 6 plantains. Sadly I had to leave behind the black-eyed beans, pistachios, water melon and star fruit. But only until the next time.

I mean, how else would a girl to get her Sierra Leonean hit on a farm in Suffolk?

 Broccoli and Plantain Stir Fry @ Recipes From A Pantry

Well one of those plantains made it into this super easy smoked mackerel, broccoli and plantain stir-fry. The sweet plantain really worked well with the salty smoked mackerel. The quantities in this stir-fry recipe is a guide. You can ignore the fish and make this as a plantain and broccoli stir-fry if wanting to serve this to vegetarians.

I have a post about how to fry plantains that might be useful if you have not cooked them before. And a little tip you want to eat this one warm as plantains fried like these are much better warm. Well try this easy smoked mackerel, plantain and broccoli recipe and let me know what you think.

Sierra Leone flavours – is the spot on my blog where I share both traditional Sierra Leonean recipes and West African fusion recipes.

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Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Plantain Stir-fry - Sierra Leone Flavours

A super easy smoked mackerel, broccoli and plantain stir-fry.
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Bintu Hardy


For the stir-fry sauce

  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame oil

For the stir-fry

  • 1 plantain
  • Oil for frying
  • 250 g (9oz) broccoli cut into even sized florets
  • 200 g (7oz) smoked mackerel shredded
  • 2 spring onions scallions sliced
  • Rice and toasted sesame seeds to serve


  • Mix the ingredients of the stir fry sauce together and set aside.
  • Peel the plantain and cut into slices.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the plantain slices for about 2-3 mins on each side until golden brown and cooked through. You might need to do this in two batches.
  • Whilst the plantain slices are cooking steam the broccoli for about 7 mins or until you get the softness you desire and set aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in the wok and add the spring onions and stir fry for a min.
  • Then add in as much of the stir-fry sauce as you like, cook for a min before adding in the fried plantain, broccoli and smoked mackerel and stir fry for another min.
  • Serve warm with some rice and toasted sesame seeds.
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For vegans ignore fish and add more plantain.[br]Feel free to make up more stir-fry sauce to your preference.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a very different and flavorful, healthy recipe! I love it and will try soon! Thanks. Love your posts.

  2. I am the same with visits to Wembley. Though mine is a bootful of loot vs a bagful.
    Lovely recipe using two of my fave ingredients. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Zainab. I want to eat more salone foods in y diet and this is the way I can d it.

  3. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten plantains Bintu. All those Sierra Leone flavours sound so vibrant and delicious.

  4. I keep meaning to go to Brixton, but other things get in the way. It’s years since I’ve been there. Sounds like you really take advantage of all the food that’s on offer in the market. Love the look of your smoked mackerel dish, full of lovely flavours, a real Bintu dish. GG

  5. YUM! I’ve never cooked with plantain, actually I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten it either. Must rectify that asap.
    Janie x
    PS that’s a LOT of stuff to fit in one backpack – it must be HUGE!

  6. I just love that you’ve incorporated flavours of your homeland into this stir-fry, Bintu! I absolutely love mackerel, as well, and always used to eat it as a student in the UK … it was always so cheap for a start! What a great combination of ingredients you’ve used here!

    1. The great thing about cooking for yourself is that you get to substitute anything you like.

    1. I know what you mean Tiny. That is one of the fun things for food bloggers. You get to change up your recipes frequently.