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Introducing “Tolo Beef”: Ghana’s Savory Salted Delight!

Step into the vibrant world of Ghanaian cuisine with our tantalizing homemade recipe for Tolo Beef, also known as Ghanaian Salted Beef. Bursting with flavors that will transport your taste buds to the heart of West Africa, Tolo Beef is a cherished delicacy that combines the perfect harmony of saltiness, rich umami, and a touch of smokiness. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure as we unveil the secrets behind this irresistible Ghanaian treat. Get ready to savor the flavors of tradition and experience the true essence of Ghana in every delicious bite!

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Homemade Ghanaian salted beef, also known as "Koobi," is a traditional Ghanaian delicacy made from salted and dried fish, typically tilapia. While tilapia is the most common choice, other types of fish like mackerel or herring can also be used.
To prepare homemade Ghanaian salted beef, the fish is thoroughly cleaned and gutted. It is then seasoned with a mixture of salt and spices, such as ground pepper and garlic. The seasoned fish is left to marinate for a period of time to allow the flavors to penetrate the flesh.
After marination, the fish is typically sun-dried or air-dried until it becomes firm and dry. This drying process helps to preserve the fish and gives it a distinct texture. Once dried, the fish is ready to be used in various dishes.
In Ghana, salted beef is commonly used as a flavor enhancer in soups, stews, and sauces. It is added to dishes during cooking to infuse a rich, salty, and slightly fishy flavor. The dried fish can also be rehydrated before use by soaking it in water for a short period.
Ghanaian salted beef is a popular ingredient in dishes like light soup, groundnut soup, palm nut soup, and kontomire stew. It adds a unique umami taste and depth of flavor to these traditional Ghanaian recipes.
Please note that this information is based on general knowledge of Ghanaian cuisine, and specific recipes and preparation methods may vary depending on regional and individual preferences.
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Prep Time 2 days
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 days 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Ghanaian cuisine


  • 2 pounds beef (brisket or any suitable cut)

  • 1 cup kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • Water for boiling


  • Rinse the beef under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut the beef into large, manageable pieces.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the kosher salt, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground allspice, ground coriander, and ground black pepper. Mix well to create a spice rub.
  • Rub the spice mixture all over the beef, ensuring that it's evenly coated. You can use your hands to massage the spices into the meat for better flavor penetration. Place the spiced beef in a large, resealable plastic bag.
  • Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Place the bag of beef in the refrigerator and let it marinate for at least 24 hours or up to 48 hours. The longer it marinates, the stronger the flavors will be.
  • After the marinating time has passed, remove the beef from the refrigerator and rinse off the excess salt and spices under cold water. Pat the beef dry with paper towels.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the beef to the boiling water and reduce the heat to low. Let the beef simmer gently for about 2-3 hours or until it becomes tender.
  • Once the beef is tender, remove it from the pot and let it cool. You can slice the beef into thin strips or chunks, depending on your preference.
  • At this point, you can consume the salted beef as is, or you can further cook it by stir-frying it with vegetables or incorporating it into other dishes.
  • Store any leftover salted beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
    Enjoy your homemade Ghanaian salted beef!



Serving: 50g
Keyword Homemade Ghanaian Salted Beef
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