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Ethiopian Asa Tibs

Ethiopian Asa Tibs & Berbere Spice Mix is a delicious fried fish treat for any party. The ubiquitous Ethiopian spice blend is so versatile and can be used with any variety of foods.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 443.93kcal
Author: Chef Mireille


  • 2 pounds monkfish or your favorite white flesh fish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons berbere
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 3 finely chopped small chiles
  • juice of 1 lime


  • Sprinkle berbere over fish and leave for 1 hour to marinate.
  • Heat enough oil in a large skillet for deep frying. Add fish pieces and fry until golden on all sides and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Add onions and cook until golden and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Most of the oil will have evaporated. Add garlic and chiles. Cook for 1 more minute.
  • Return fish to the pan. Add lime juice and toss to combine.
  • Serve with lime and an extra garnish of more berbere.


The spice mix will yield about 1 cup.


Calories: 443.93kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.42g | Protein: 23.66g | Fat: 35.34g | Saturated Fat: 3.11g | Sodium: 563.07mg | Fiber: 4.01g | Sugar: 2.56g
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