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AFRICAN CUISINE: Senegalese Pan-Fried Fish Balls

Foodies, get in here! Learn how to make this delicious balls of protein here.
In Senegal, these round little fish cakes are known as boulettes de poisson. You can make and shape the balls ahead, then cover them and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to cook them. A cocktail sauce infused with chili powder accompanies the fish balls.


2 tablespoons water
3/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 large eggs
1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
1 pound cod or other flaky whitefish fillets, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup prepared cocktail sauce


Combine water, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, salt, pepper, and eggs in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Place bread in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Add 2 tablespoons egg mixture, fish, parsley, and garlic; process until a thick dough forms. Shape dough into 16 (1-inch) balls.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge fish balls in flour and dip in remaining egg mixture. Add fish balls to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning frequently.

Pour tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes (optional)


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