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Hutwise Stewed Pepper & Shrimp Sauce (Shito)


Never mind the name: shito sauce is a serious comfort dish for Ghanaians. Anyone who grew up in Ghana, and went to boarding school knows this. It doesn't need any cooking, warming up, or anything. Just add 2, 3...or maybe 5 spoons as as a side to any dish.  Ghanaians like to eat this with kenkey, gari, and cooked rice.

Shito is the word for pepper in Ga, a Ghanaian language from Accra. Shitor din (black pepper), commonly called 'shito', is widely used as the name for the hot black pepper sauce ubiquitous in Ghanaian cuisine.  Some Nigerians say that Shito is to Ghanaians what Agoyin sauce is to Nigerians.

Shito sauce consists primarily of oil, onions, ginger, dried fish, shrimp, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and spices. These ingredients are usually blended together and cooked for an hour or more depending on the quantity one is making. The blend of spices and fish differs between different regions and villages but owes its original recipe to the Ga tribe.

Preparation and usage

In Ghana, shito is used with a variety of dishes. These include kenkey, steamed rice, gari and waakye (rice and beans). Its uses have been adapted to that of a hot sauce or chili oil. It is not uncommon to find shito being eaten with bread or spring rolls. Most of the Chinese restaurants in Ghana use “shito” as condiment to fried rice/steamed rice instead of “Layou” (Chili oil).

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