Taste of Ghana: Banku with Tilapia Recipe

Dish recipes: Banku with Tilapia
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Embark on a culinary journey to Ghana with Banku with Tilapia, a traditional dish that celebrates the vibrant flavors of West African cuisine. Made from fermented corn and cassava dough, Banku is paired with grilled tilapia fish to create a dish that's both comforting and satisfying.


2 cups cornmeal

1 cup cassava flour


Salt to taste

2 fresh tilapia fish, cleaned and gutted

1 onion, sliced

2 tomatoes, chopped

2 hot peppers, diced

1 tablespoon ginger paste

1 tablespoon garlic paste

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Fresh lime or lemon wedges for serving


In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal and cassava flour. Gradually add water and knead until a smooth dough forms. Add salt to taste. Divide the dough into small balls and flatten them into discs. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the dough discs and cook for about 30 minutes, or until they float to the surface and are cooked through. Remove from water and set aside. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. In a bowl, combine sliced onion, chopped tomatoes, diced hot peppers, ginger paste, garlic paste, paprika, black pepper, and salt to taste. Mix well to make a marinade. Rub the marinade all over the tilapia fish, ensuring they are well coated. Grease the grill with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Grill the tilapia fish for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and charred on the edges. Serve the grilled tilapia fish hot with the cooked Banku, accompanied by fresh lime or lemon wedges for squeezing over the fish.


Enjoy Banku with Tilapia as a wholesome meal that's perfect for sharing with family and friends. Serve it with extra hot pepper sauce on the side for those who like it spicy.

Experience the authentic flavors of Ghana with Banku with Tilapia, a dish that's as delicious as it is culturally rich. Whether enjoyed for lunch or dinner, this traditional Ghanaian meal is sure to leave a lasting impression.