Hot Pepper Sauce (Ghana Shitor) Preparation Process

 Hot Pepper Sauce (Ghana Shitor)  Preparation Process

This condiment is served with many Ghanaian dishes, and helps define Ghanaian cooking. Sometimes it is used as an ingredient in a dish.


2 cups vegetable oil 

1 onion, finely chopped 

4 TBS fresh ginger, grated

 4 TBS tomato paste 

1 chicken stock cube

 1 cup dried shrimp, left whole

5 TBS dried shrimp (ground in a blender or food processor) 

1–2 dried chili peppers, seeded (ground with shrimp in blender) salt to taste


Heat oil over medium heat. 

Fry onion until softened. 

Stir in ginger, tomato paste, and crumbled stock cube.

 Lower heat; stir in dried whole and powdered shrimp with chili. 

Cook for 2 minutes, stirring well. 

Turn off heat and leave to cool.

 Store in a covered jar, refrigerated. Topped with 1–2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the sauce will keep for several months. Serve with anything as a table condiment, or use during cooking

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