FISH ROLLS. ( Frying method)

Fish roll is a yummy snack eaten in cameroon, nigeria and other African countries. A delicious snack made out of pastry and a filling like sardines or mackerel and fried in oil. Alternatively fish rolls can also be baked if you prefer the healthier version. To get the best fish roll, I will advise you try and make your own pastry instead of buying from the store . This snack is super tasty and slightly addictive. When you eat two you need a third and a fourth 😅. The crust on the outside is crispy and the fish filling is so full of flavour. For this recipe , the dough is elastic and perfect with the right proportion of ingredients. Get your flour, margarine, sardines in oil and all other ingredients (see below)



For the dough 21/2 cups of all purpose flour

3 tablespoons of margarine (or butter at room temp)

1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

2 tablespoons of sugar

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

1/4 cinnamon

1 tablespoon evaporated milk

200mls warm water


1 tin of sardine

Half of a medium onion

1/4 carrot

1 spring onion

1 litre oil for frying.


Open the tin of sardine and pour in the oil into  a frying pan or pot with one tablespoon of oil.  Let it heat up for one minute then you put in the onions spring onions, carrots , chilli which is optional if you want spicy fish rolls and fry for 5 minutes.  Add in the sardine , mash it and any other vegetables you will like to use which is optional. Set aside and there you go. The filling is ready . 

For the dough , put your cups of flour in a bowl and then add the sugar, baking powder and salt . Add in the warm water and let is set for an hour . Once the dough has risen cut into four squares and use your hands to divide into small pieces like the shape of a small ball. 

Please see image above on how I rolled the dough with a rolling pin. Put in the filling, fold along the sides and set aside for frying . Pour some vegetable  oil into your frying pan or deep fryer and fry until golden brown turning from side to side . Once ready put your fish rolls on a kitchen towel which will help to absorb the oil. 

Try this recipe and you will love making fish rolls. Enjoy !

Alternatively you can also bake in an oven for a healthier option