How to make domedo, the spicy pork and popular street food in Ghana

Ama Nunoo Ama Nunoo | Editor March 25, 2020

Photo: MyWeku Tastes

Ghanaians have some very tasty street foods and one of my favorites is domedo, pronounced “do-m3-do.” It is simply fried, or grilled pork chops marinated in local spices usually sold in the evenings. Almost every corner in the capital, Accra sells domedo at night.

There are different variations to this street food, and it is perfectly okay to experiment with it to suit your pallets. However, most people enjoy it very spicy.

It is usually enjoyed with yam chips or on its own. Others also pair it with their Jollof, banku or kenkey. Whenever you visit Ghana, make it a point to try domedo, or try this recipe and let us know how you liked it.

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kg Pork joints cut into small to medium-sized pieces (about 2-3 inches)

2 medium-sized onions

100g ginger

2-4 tablespoons of virgin oil

1-2 Scotch bonnets

2 tablespoons thyme

6 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon rosemary

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon black peppercorn

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1-2 tablespoons salt or to taste

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Banku and domedo, Photo: Pizarea


Blend the onions, garlic and scotch bonnet peppers in virgin oil

Add the thyme, cayenne pepper, rosemary, ground cinnamon, black peppercorn, coriander seeds and salt to the blend and blend for about 20-30 seconds to mix well

Lay the pork pieces on a baking tray

Pour the blend onto the pork to mix well

Grill for 30-40 minutes on medium to high heat.

Wash and dry the pork pieces with a piece of cloth before rubbing the spice mix or paste in to allow the spices to soak more into the meat

Pour out excess liquid to use as stock later as you grill

High heat was used to get the pork chargrilled in the last 5-10 minutes

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Photo: Soronko