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