Sierra Leone Party Fish Balls

Sierra Leone Party Fish Balls

There are some foods that you rarely see in Sierra Leonean homes until party time. Fish balls are a good example. I recently made some for the first time for my niece’s sixth birthday party. To my surprise, they got great reviews and many people asked about the recipe, so here it is. I hope you like it too.


  • 2 medium potatoes (approx. 400g)
  • 700g mixed fish fillets (e.g. cod, pollock and salmon)
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ red chilli pepper, finely chopped
  • Large handful chopped fresh herbs, finely chopped (approx. 30g – I used dill, chives, parsley)
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • ½ salt
  • Flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Bread crumbs


Preparation method

  1. Peel the potatoes, boil until soft, and then mash. Remove and set aside side to cool.
  2. In the meantime, steam the fish in a pan for about 10 minutes, turning around until all parts of the fish are cooked. Discard any excess fish water.
  3. Add the fish to the mashed potatoes. Mix well, separating the fish into smaller flakes using a fork.
  4. *Add the remaining ingredients up to the salt and mix to combine all the ingredients. Use your hands to roll into small balls.
  5. Thoroughly coat each fish ball firstly in flour, then in the beaten eggs and lastly in the breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crunchy on the outside.
  7. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.


*Note: you can use a mortar and pestle or food processor to finely blend the onions, garlic and pepper before adding at stage 4. 

Serves: Makes approx. 50 fish balls (10+ servings);

Cooking time:1hr

Main ingredients: Boneless white fish fillet and salmon fillet

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