African Sauce Shito

By West Africa Cooks, 5 October, 2014

What Is Shito?

What is shito and where is it from? Shito is a Ghanaian sauce (fish and chilli oil slow cooked for hours) which can be eaten with rice, yam, gari and more. You can also use it as a spread. Shito, is the word for pepper in the Ghanaian native language. As with most sauces across west Africa made from pepper it can be very hot to the taste. The heat is balanced by eating it with plain food such as foofoo (fufu).

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Shito sauce consists primarily of fish oil and/or vegetable oil, ginger, dried fish, prawns and/or crustaceans, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and spices.

In Ghana, shito is used with a variety of dishes. These include kenkey, steamed rice, eba and waakye (rice and beans). In most Chinese restaurants across Ghana, shito replaces hot oil as a condiment to fried rice. Buy Ghana Best Shito Hot Now!

A Note on Ghanaian Food

Watchi (Ghanaian Black-Eyed Peas and Rice) Maybe also spelling wakye or Waakye - rice and beans
Awiesu which is coconut powder, rice powder, sugar, salt deep fried
Apraprasa, which is corn soup, pepper, palm nut nuts
Kenkey fermented corn and cassava dough, wrapped in corn or banana leaves and cooked into a consistent solid paste
Chinchinga is Ghanaian or west African kebab Chinchinga makers are very secretive about their spice mixes
Kelewele is sweet plantain which is marinated in ginger, cloves, chilli then fried until caramelised


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