Talking about Lagos street food cannot be complete without talking about seafood fries. As a little girl anytime my dad travelled to Lagos to make supplies, he would buy fried prawns, fried tiny fish and we would eat it with soaked garri.
As Lagos is a coastal city, most major markets in Lagos will have at least one street food vendor that sells fried seafood. Fried prawns, shrimps, crabs, whiting, anchovies, tiny sardines mussels… etc properly seasoned, coated with flour and deep-fried. They are either sold freshly fried or fried dried and packaged in clear cellophane (nylon) pouches.
Recently I was in a market in Ibadan and I saw a hawker selling fried and dried whitebait and shrimps pre-packed in clear cellophane (nylon) pouches.
While the street vendor is likely going to call all the fried fish “Yoyo” (Whitings). This coated fried fish treat is usually a mix of all kinds of miniature fish like whitings, sardines, smelt, anchovies… whitebait in short.
These treats are so popular in Badagry, Epe, Lagos Island as well as other parts of Lagos.
Where to source fresh seafood in Lagos?
For bulk buying
- Makoko Fish Market in Yaba,
- Apapa Fish Market, Apapa ,
- Epe Fish Market (Oluwo Retail market), Epe.
Smaller retail markets
- Law School under bridge at Ozumba Mbadiwe,
- Sunday Market Ogba, but only on Sundays for a variety of seafood.
- Please comment below for other locations you know of in Lagos.
- Seafood of choice (whitebait, shrimps, crabs etc)
- Cayenne pepper (ata gigun, atarugu, powdered dry pepper)
- Flour (to coat)
- Vegetable oil (enough for deep frying)
Note: You can add further seasoning of choice as you see fit.
- Clean seafood properly,
- Season with salt and pepper, toss lightly to ensure even seasoning. Put it in a sieve to allow the water strain.
- Sprinkle flour and toss around to ensure it is well coated
- Heat up oil till very hot
- Deep fry till golden brown and slightly crisp.