Nigerian Fish Rolls recipe : How to make Nigerian fish rolls

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Nigerian Fish Rolls is a deep fried crispy Nigerian snack made with flour, margarine, eggs and baking powder, and then filled with mashed spiced fish.
I love easy recipes and this is just one of my favorite Nigerian snacks; easy to prepare and simply delicious…here’s the recipe 🙂

If you like videos, this is detailed video on How to make this classic Nigerian Fish Rolls


Nigerian Fish rolls ingredients:
 For the Fish rolls dough/pastry:

  • 350 grams Flour
  • 100 grams margarine
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 teaspoonful baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoonful salt
  • 1 tablespoonful sugar(optional, if you want it savoury and not sweet)
  • 1/2 cup water (or enough to get a  smooth, firm dough)

For the Nigerian Fish Rolls Filling:

  • Fresh mackerel fish or canned mackerel or tuna
  • 1 tablespoon grated or minced onions
  • Vegetable oil for frying
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Quick note: The classic old school recipe doesn’t add sugar, but you can add sugar to the dough and also spice up the fish to get a tastier modern flavor.

Making the Nigerian Fish Rolls :

1. First, season the fresh fish with a little salt and fry lightly in hot oil or boil or roast; then take out the bones and mash well with the minced onions.

You don’t have to fry the canned fish, simply mash it and add some grated or minced onions

2. In a bowl , add the flour, salt, baking powder and margarine; Mix well , add the egg and mix thoroughly.

3. Now, add the water bit by bit, and knead the dough until you get a smooth but firm dough.

4. Next, place the dough on a flat board/table and cut out a bit. Using a rolling pin, roll out the small dough until it’s flat and then cut to form a rectangular shape.

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5. Now add the mashed fish and fold/roll the dough. Keep rolling it until you get the length you desire.

6. Heat the oil until hot (not smoking hot) and fry the fish rolls on low heat until it’s crusty and brown.

7. Now the fish rolls are ready…Enjoy!

Nigerian Fish Rolls are a big favorite and usually eaten on its own as a snack or enjoyed with a chilled or hot drink.

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  1. Kellamare
    March 5, 2022 / 1:14 am

    You can make anything and everything as
    long as it’s cooking
    You are a cooking ? ma

  2. February 6, 2022 / 10:31 am

    What if I don’t want to put fish on it bcos is just for sell for kid

  3. Esther
    July 29, 2021 / 12:32 am

    Well I was concerned about my oil usage so I baked my fish roll in the oven and it turned out to be dry and hard.

  4. Tolulope Ayomide Nifemi
    October 21, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Good works?
    Thanks u so much its really helpful????

  5. Josey
    September 6, 2019 / 11:27 pm

    Thanks you sooo muchNky,being to do this now that i got this site open i will try it myself cos vendors own is something else,please czn i get your whats number?Joe

  6. Madu chidera
    June 8, 2019 / 12:12 am

    I v learnt soooo much today Tanx you dear

  7. digia elizabeth
    July 18, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Can I use meat as the filling instead

  8. Wealth
    July 10, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Tanks a bunch NKY av learnt a lot here.

  9. Anonymous
    May 24, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Pls can I add a little bit of sugar?

  10. damihlorlar
    April 11, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Enter your comment…is sugar added when making fishroll

  11. vivienne
    February 25, 2017 / 10:30 am

    please oh. how else can you melt butter without using the microwave oven cos am a student. cant afford that right now

  12. Anonymous
    August 16, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    But what is the difference between fish pie and fish roll

  13. Pastor Nnamdi Obisike
    March 18, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    this is great am so happy that I can prepare most of these foods without my wife's assistance, God bless you teacher Nky

  14. Anonymous
    September 8, 2015 / 5:40 am

    Do you know how I can achieve a soft fish roll after it has been fried? sometimes i like it when it is soft, not crunchy

  15. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    How many tablespoons will give me 50g of sugar and margarine. Tanks u ma

  16. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Pls hw many tablespoons gives u 100g margarine?

  17. Anonymous
    May 12, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    I have read several good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting.I wonder how much attempt you put to create any such excellent informative website ().

  18. Anonymous
    April 10, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Can I use the sausage roll dough?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 12, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      I havent tried using it.

  19. Anonymous
    April 10, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Can I use the sausage roll dough?

  20. Anonymous
    February 21, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Pls how much baking powder is needed for 2 milk cups?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      1 leveled teaspoon baking powder

  21. Anonymous
    February 20, 2015 / 9:58 am

    hmm tried it, though d taste was ok but dont know how I got it wrong,everytin keep opening up inside d hot oil n d fish feeling scattered out in d oil,plz how do i roll it well without d ending mouth opening again.Thanks for ur effort dear

  22. Anonymous
    October 2, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    please can i use 500g butter for 1kg flour. thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2014 / 3:13 pm

      Yes you can.

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2014 / 12:43 pm

      Pls can u send me ur whatsapp number

  23. Anonymous
    August 27, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    please can you send me recipe for chap man tthank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 3, 2014 / 3:42 pm

      coming soon 🙂

  24. Anonymous
    August 18, 2014 / 3:00 am

    just tried this, it was really nice but i found that the salt in the dough was too much, and i didn't use all the half tablespoon, is it possible you made a mistake and wrote table spoon instead of teaspoon…… apart from that it was really yummy. reminded me of primary school days when i buy this outside…..thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 18, 2014 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks for your feedback dearie.As for the salt, mine wasn't salty, but since all salts are not made the same way, I bet I'll have to reduce the one in the recipe to suit most palate.Thanks for the insight.

  25. Anonymous
    July 17, 2014 / 2:15 am

    Hi lily,thanks 4 a 9ice work,pls can I spice up d fish?if yes, pls explain how to me. thank uoooooo!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 2, 2014 / 7:51 am

      You can spice it up by marinating with your spice of choice before frying the fish.

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2014 / 3:01 am

      i was thinking you may not need to spice up the fish, cos somehow over spiced fish may just make you get tired of eating it….but a lil salt and pepper on is ok though

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 18, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      If the fish is going to be used for this fish roll recipe, she can marinate it with mashed seasoning cube without over spicing.

  26. Anonymous
    July 17, 2014 / 2:14 am

    Hi lily,thanks 4 a 9ice work,pls can I spice up d fish?if yes, pls explain how to me. thank uoooooo!

  27. Anonymous
    May 21, 2014 / 9:50 am

    I have tried it but it sock oil what will do.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 21, 2014 / 11:50 pm

      You have to fry a little at a time and in very hot oil.

  28. Kelsey Ewande
    May 20, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    How much water

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 21, 2014 / 11:50 pm

      1/2 cup water (or enough to get a smooth, firm dough)

  29. Kelsey Ewande
    May 20, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    How much water

  30. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    pls hw do i follow u on facebook.

  31. chikodili
    December 12, 2013 / 6:19 am

    I tried it yeepeee… thanks for all the great recipes

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 19, 2013 / 10:30 am

      lol…I feel your excitement dear…you're welcome 🙂

  32. Catherine Nkeiruka
    December 11, 2013 / 8:50 am

    Can it be baked as well?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 12, 2013 / 6:17 am

      Yes dear, but the authentic Nigerian fish rolls is fried.. the oil actually gives it a distinct taste 🙂