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Ndole Cameroonian Peanut Stew

Ndolé: Cameroonian Peanut Stew

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  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 lb (~500g) spinach
  • 2/3 lb (~300g) ground beef
  • 1/2 lb (250g) fresh shrimp
  • 1/4 lb (~100g) smoked fish, deboned and flaked
  • 1/4 lb (~1oog) roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp (30g) dried shrimp (on Amazon)
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


Step 1 – Create Your Ndolé Paste

  1. Start your ndolé by creating your fragrant base of roasted peanuts, chopped onions, garlic, ginger, and water in a blender. Once you’ve gotten a nice paste, turn off your blender and set it aside.

Step 2 – Cook Your Shrimp

  1. Take a deep pot over medium-high heat and add in your olive oil. As the bottom of the pan starts to get hot, add in two tablespoons of olive oil and your sliced onions.
  2. As your onions start to soften 1-2 minutes later, add in your shrimps. Cook the shrimps for 2-3 minutes as they start to develop a nice pink color, but be careful not to overcook them or else they’ll become stringy and dry.
  3. Set aside your cooked shrimp and onions for the time being as we move onto the meat.

Step 3 – Move onto the Meat and Spinach

  1. In the same pan, next add the ground beef and sear the meat as it starts to brown.
  2. Once the meat has browned, add your pureed peanut mixture into the pan, mixing it well into the meat.
  3. If you’d like, here you can add your dried shrimps and smoked fish flakes to give your ndolé some added flavor.
  4. Add in all your spinach leaves and bring your ndolé to a boil.
  5. Once the ndolé has started to boil, lower your stovetop heat to a simmer and let it cook for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on the moisture levels, and add a bit more water if you feel that the ndolé is starting to dry out.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches

  1. Once your ndolé is cooked, season it with salt and pepper to your liking, then take it off the heat and transfer it to your serving dish.
  2. Finally, add your cooked shrimp and onions on top, and enjoy! Ndolé can be eaten with a side of fried plantains, rice, or even some good old flatbread.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min