Shito (Black Sauce)

Shito (black pepper) is one of Ghana’s most loved sauces and it is in every home. After it is prepared, if it is well-preserved, it can last from months. It is a ready-to-eat sauce that goes with yam, potatoes, rice, gari, bread, kenkey and act as a dipping sauce. All you need are jars to store them.


  • 1 liter of vegetable oil
  • 4 onions
  • 75 g of ginger
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 300 g tomato paste
  • 4 fresh ripe tomatoes
  • 3 x 50 g packets ground dried shrimp, fish or crayfish
  • 30 g dried chilli flakes (increase if you like it extra hot)
  • 2 tsp each smoked paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander
  • salt to taste


  1. Blend the onions, ginger and garlic.
  2. Fry the blended mixture in the oil for about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and fry for about 10 minutes to get rid of the sour taste.
  4. Add your blended tomatoes and leave to cook for about 20 minutes until it has release all the moisture. Keep stirring it to prevent it from burning.
  5. Add the dried ground ingredients and spices and stir.
  6. Add the salt as preferred and stir.
  7. Leave to cook for about 20 minutes until it obtains a rich brown color.
  8. Leave to cool completely before pouring them into jars.

Nb: Ensure there is enough oil on the surface of the jar to help it last longer. Use a dry spoon to fetch the sauce when needed. You can store it in the refrigerator or freezer for prolonged life span.

Enjoy Cooking, Yours truly, Lady Elolo


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