Yasa Tibs (Ethiopian Sautéed Fish)

“Yasa” means fish and “Tibs” means that the meat is served in large pieces which is reserved for guests and special occasions. Use the Ethiopian Berberé Spicy Red Pepper Paste for this recipe.


Juice from 4 limes

1½ teaspoons Berberé Red Pepper Paste

1 pound cod fillets, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon spicy paprika

3 garlic cloves, minced

1" piece ginger, peeled and grated

¼ cup plain tomato sauce

¼ cup fish stock

¼ cup chopped cilantro

  • Mix the lime juice and berberé paste in a glass container. Marinate the fish for 1 hour.

  • Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and paprika and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1–2 minutes.

  • Add the fish with the marinade liquid, the tomato sauce, and the fish stock. Cook on the first side for 2–3 minutes. Turn it over to cook on the other side for 2–3 minutes. It is done when the fish is flaky. Pour the contents into a bowl and sprinkle cilantro over top. Serve with rice or flat bread.

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