Akpi-Ginger Grouper

Hello Family! I hope you are all doing okay with your loved ones. This week I am focusing on one particular spice with the scientific name: Ricinodendron heudeulotii. Ricinodendron are seeds from the Ricinodendron tree. Ivorian call those seeds Akpi, Zairain call them Bofeko, Nigerian call them Okhuen  and Ghanaian  Djansang Wama. These seeds have a particular aroma and I decided to pair them with another ingredient with a good aroma: ginger. A good combination! In Côte d’Ivoire, street doctors (with no diploma ?) assert that : “Akpi will help develop the buttocks”. True or False? I would not know, but let’s get cookong into the Sinaba Lab.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Cost: $


  • 32 oz grouper
  • 10 seeds akpi
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 green onion sprigs
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • In a skillet toast the akpi seeds for 3 minutes.
  • Make cuts in th grouper.
  • Mix akpi, ginger, green onion, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Put the marinade on fish and let it rest 5 mins or more.
  • Bake in oven for 25 mins at 390 or on a barbecue.


Toasting the akpi seeds is not necessary but according to my experience it will make your food taste better. 

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