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Malawian Chambo is a popular and traditional dish from Malawi, featuring the country’s prized freshwater fish called chambo. This flavorful and aromatic recipe combines the delicate taste of chambo with a blend of local spices and herbs. Whether enjoyed as a family meal or served at special occasions, Malawian Chambo showcases the culinary heritage of Malawi.

Malawian Chambo Recipe

Experience the taste of Malawi with this authentic Malawian Chambo recipe. The dish features marinated chambo fish seasoned with a flavorful blend of spices, herbs, and tangy lemon juice. The fish is then grilled to perfection, resulting in a moist and tender delicacy. Serve it with a side of nsima (cornmeal porridge) and a refreshing tomato and onion salad for a truly traditional Malawian meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine malawian


  • grill
  • mixing bowl
  • knife
  • Cutting board
  • baking dish
  • kitchen tongs


  • chambo fish
  • garlic
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • coriander
  • tumeric
  • salt
  • cilantro


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, minced garlic, paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt. Mix well to create the marinade.
  • Place the chambo fish in a baking dish or marinating container, and pour the marinade over the fish, ensuring it coats both sides. Let the fish marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight for more intense flavors.
  • Preheat your grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.Remove the marinated chambo fish from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for a few minutes.
  • Grease the grill grates lightly to prevent the fish from sticking.
  • Place the marinated chambo fish on the preheated grill and cook for approximately 7-10 minutes on each side, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Adjust the grilling time based on the thickness of the fish.
  • While grilling, baste the fish occasionally with the leftover marinade to keep it moist and enhance the flavors.
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the grilled chambo fish from the grill using kitchen tongs or a spatula.
  • Garnish the grilled chambo fish with fresh cilantro leaves for added freshness and aroma.
  • Serve the Malawian Chambo hot with nsima (cornmeal porridge) and a side of tomato and onion salad.


If chambo fish is not available, you can use a similar freshwater fish with a firm texture, such as tilapia or bream.
Adjust the spice levels according to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of spices used.
For an authentic Malawian experience, serve the chambo fish with nsima, a staple cornmeal porridge in Malawi.
Indulge in the flavors of Malawi with this delightful Malawian Chambo recipe.


Serving: 500g
Keyword malawian chambo
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