SHITTO (West African Hot Sauce)


ShittoShitto (West African Hot Sauce)

Yes I know, the name does have some part of it does remind you of a certain bad word :). However, if you love hot and spicy, shitto is definitely your thing.

Can you imagine eating a source does also flavored with fish?

You can use it as a dip to eat spring rolls, samosas, sausages, chicken, etc. You can also use it as a sauce on fried rice, white rice and waakye.

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SHITTO (West African Hot Sauce)
Shitto is eaten with a lot of dishes in West Africa like fried rice, Kenkey, Banku, Eba, Waakye, etc.
Shitto
Course Sauce
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Course Sauce
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Shitto
Instructions
  1. Fry the blended onions for 5 minutes
  2. Add your blended ginger and let cook for another 5 minutes
  3. Add bony fish and shrimp powder and stir in the Maggie cube
  4. Lower the stove and let it simmer for another 20-30 minutes and add your can of tomato paste.
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37 thoughts on “SHITTO (West African Hot Sauce)

  1. Queenette

    I love Shitto! I will try this recipe and let you know how it comes out. Thanks Fred!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      I’m glad you love shitto, its an all time hit :). Please let me know how it goes.

  2. Adeola @ coilsandglory.com

    Is there a way to make this without the tomato paste? I don’t like can food, can’t stand the “can” taste. Also, it seems like the paste will kill the pepper & shrimp tase

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Adeola, you can do it without canned tomato paste. I add it for flavor, you can choose to not add it. Some people use the dried cayenne pepper but I choose to use fresh habaneros. Thanks for asking.

  3. chrissy

    I’m obsessed with hot sauces! I have to try this!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Good to know that I’m not the only one obsessed with hot sauces :). Thanks for stopping by Chrissy!

  4. Elizabeth

    Mmm what an intriguing combination of flavours! What would you serve this hot sauce with?

    1. Fred Nonterah

      You can serve it with fried rice, white rice, as a dip for spring rolls, fries, etc.

  5. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    I’ve only been to Ghana once and sadly I wasn’t there long enough (it was an in and out trip after business in Nigeria) to experience Shitto, but it definitely sounds interesting and I will have to give it a try next time I am in Ghana. Looking at the ingredients, it sure does sound interesting but I’m not sure where I would source many of them as they are unfamiliar to me.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Oh wow!!! If you live in the US you can get the ingredients in one the stores in this link or on amazon.com: http://www.fredinthekitchen.com/find-an-african-store-in-your-city/

  6. Michelle @ Brown Butter and Biscuits

    I’ve never tried shitto but I’m definitely interested now! Sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Let me know how it goes when you try it. Thanks for stopping by Michelle!

  7. Tanya

    I love hot sauce! This sounds hot and tasty. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  8. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    I can just imagine how hot this would be. My husband would love it for sure. Happy Holidays!!

  9. Zach

    Delish! I can’t wait to try this. Is it also commonly served at restaurants?

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes it is, if its West African. But it used as a dip or a sauce for a lot of things. Thanks for stopping by Zach!

  10. Katrin

    I love spicy food! Your sauce sounds so delicious. Have to try it!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks for stopping by Katrin!

  11. jacquee | i sugar coat it!

    Now this sounds like something I’d want to put on everything – dangerously GOOD!!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      I eat with almost anything Jacquee. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Amy

    This sounds really interesting and I have been thinking about purchasing powdered shrimp for a couple of other recipes as well. It’s not an ingredient that I am familiar with but I like branching out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Hi Amy, you can also try using anchovies instead of the powdered shrimp. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Michelle Blackwood

    Hi Fred, I thought I accidentally opened a bookmarked page on my browser. I love shitto so much that I have experimented with recipes in the past. I attended an African church in Ohio for a year where they had the vegan version on the menu with jollof rice every week. I miss it so much, I tried to create my own vegan version several times.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Wow! A vegan version sounds very interesting. Let me know how the vegan version works out. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Michelle Ferrand

    This sounds fantastic!

  15. Derek | Dad With A Pan

    Not gonna lie, the 5 year old in me giggles at the name of this.. lol! But with 4 habanero peppers this is definitely a serious salsa! l’d definitely get down on this!!

  16. Allison

    I love this recipe I know if I look hard enough I can find these ingredients where I am. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes you can, you cn find the ingredients in an Asian store if they’re no African stores in your area. Thanks Allison!

  17. Jackie Garvin

    Fred, I stand amazed by your tolerance for hot peppers. That’s some serious heat in this sauce. I learn so much about new ingredients from your recipes. I’ve never heard of powdered shrimp but that sounds like something I need to investigate.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Jackie, you can lower the amount of hit if you ever try it. Then again, Shitto is meant to be eaten quite sparingly.

  18. Emily

    I had to laugh at the name of this hot sauce haha, it sounds so delicious and I love hot and spicy sauces.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      I know the name always get those new to it, lol.

  19. Andrea

    this hot sauce looks beyond amazing. I am really blown away with the amount of heat you can take, as someone that lives in New Mexico I know how much they like their green chili here still getting used to the heathens.

  20. Azlin Bloor

    Thank you for this recipe, Fred. I love making mafé but can’t get the fish (hot) sauce for it here. So I just use tabasco. But now, I can make my own!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Let me know how it goes when you try it. Thanks

  21. Nicole

    Yummy!!!! I love just love all your spicy recipes!!! I can imagine putting this on just about everything!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes, I eat it with almost anything. It’s a great dip as well.


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