Yassa Onion Simmer Sauce (Traditional)

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This generations-old Yassa recipe is Jainaba’s favorite dish and the vibrant version she grew up eating in her native land The Gambia, West Africa. It is still served there to this day. Bursting with intense flavors, this classic recipe retains its traditional and authentic roots.

Yassa captures the tropical flavors of Africa with big, bright citrus notes. It is the perfect example of how simple fresh ingredients always make the best dishes. KOA starts by stir-frying fresh ginger and garlic to release their bold flavors. They then add gently caramelized onions for sweetness, fresh citrus juice for brightness and balance, and finally smoky paprika and other warm spices to create an exotic essence. Then it simmers, slowly, in an imported Dijon mustard sauce, for a rich and complex depth of flavors.

To whip up a quick meal on busy weekdays, simmer covered with chicken, meat, seafood, tofu and/or vegetables.