Grilled Mackerel with Ata Din Din: Guest Recipe From Tokunbo Koiki

Since the launch of her business, Tokunbo’s Kitchen, 2 years ago, Tokunbo Koiki has successfully operated at 6 street food festivals, hosted 9 pop-up and supper clubs events and completed 3 in-house chef residencies. In 2017 the business hosted an on-going residency at a Boutique hotel in North London with 80 – 100 covers per service, serving Nigerian Food and many a recipe, to a demographic that had never tasted many of the dishes that were on the menu.


Ultimately she would love to feed the likes of John Boyega and Anthony Joshua, proud British-Nigerians who are making waves internationally but for now she’s happy to feed the world, and you. my lovely readers!

If you are interested in giving some Nigerian inspired food a go, then then this recipe from Tokunbo is for you. A quick recipe to make, it can make a winning meal on a weeknight!


Grilled Mackerel with Ata Din Din (fried pepper sauce)

  • 2-3 Whole Mackerel – cut into 3 pieces each
  • 3-4 fresh lemons
  • 3-4 bell peppers
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 medium red onion (half chopped)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • Oil
  1. Run water over fish inside and out. Then use paper towels to dry it up.
  2. Season fish with salt, pepper and squeeze some lemon over it.
  3. Grill fish in oven for 10-15 minutes
Ata Din Din:
  1. Add peppers and half onion into a blender. Process into a coarse almost smooth texture. Pour mixture into a strainer to drain out excess water.
  2. Fry the remaining chopped onions in oil until golden. Add pepper mixture and seasoning. Stir to combine. Add salt as required. Leave to simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add grilled mackerel to your ata din din. Simmer for another 3 minutes.
  4. Serve with grilled plantain.

Doesn’t it just look and sound amazing?! Would love to hear if you give this simple and quick tasty family meal a try!

Rebecca x

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