Beef in Mango Kernel Sauce from Gabon


  • Two to three pounds of beef, round steak or stew meat, cut into large bite-sized pieces

  • 12 mango kernels, crushed with a mortar and pestle

  • 1 cup palm oil, or any oil

  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1-2 tablespoons dried shrimp

  • Cayenne pepper or red pepper to taste

  • salt to taste


  1. In a large pot bring a few cups of salted water to a boil. Add the meat and cook for a few minutes. Drain. Remove and set aside.
  2. Heat half the oil in a skillet. Add the mango kernels. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently.

  3. Heat the remaining oil to the pot the meat was cooked in. Add the tomato, onion, and dried shrimp. Cook for a few minutes then add the meat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for one hour.

  4. While the meat and onion mixture is simmering, use a potato masher to crush the mango kernels . Keep warm.

  5. When the meat is fully cooked and tender, stir in the crushed mango kernels bit by bit. Be careful to avoid forming lumps. Continue to simmer, stirring frequently for a few minutes until the sauce is thickened to your liking.

  6. Serve meat and sauce with boiled yams or sweet potatoes