This Jamaican brown stew fish is just magical, a very delicious fish recipe! The fish version of Jamaican brown stew chicken, it is first fried simmered down in a down to a sweet-savory sauce.
Brown Stew Fish
Brown stew fish is fried fish them stewed down on low heat in a sweet-savoury sauce that is flavoured with Jamaican herbs and spices.
If you like your food slightly sweet or spicy, this is the perfect fish dish to try
What Goes In Jamaican Brown Stew Fish
Here are the ingredients you need for brown stew fish!
- Fish: This most popular fish that Jamaican stew is snapper, parrot or barracuda. But any fish can be stewed. It is best to use fishes that are not very soft or easily break apart when cooked.
- Browning sauce: Use to darken the stew
- Scotch bonnet pepper, pimento (allspice), garlic: Both for frying the fish and making the sauce.
- Salt, black pepper: To season the fish.
- Tomato, onion, thyme, bell pepper: Essential ingredients to brown stew fish.
Ketchup is a common ingredient that is often used brown stew fish but I no longer use ketchup in my cooking so I don’t add it here.
Tips For Frying The Fish
Make sure the fish is completely dry before you fry it. This makes it easy to fry. After washing the fish, drain away all the water and dry it with a kitchen towel. This helps a lot.
Add garlic, pimento (allspice) and scotch bonnet pepper to the frying oil to give the fish a lovely flavour.
How To Cook Brown Stew Fish
Step 1. Wash the fish in lime/lemon and vinegar wash.
Step 2. Pour away all the water and dry the fish.
Step 3. Seasoning the fish with salt and black pepper.
Step 4. Add enough cooking oil to a frying pan at high heat.
Step 5. Once the oil is smoking hot, add chopped garlic, the whole bonnet peppers and pimento berries.
Step 6. Add the fish and fry until both sides are golden brown.
Step 7. Remove the burned garlic, scotch pepper and pimento berries. Pour away the frying oil leaving about a tablespoon in the pan.
Step 8. Add chopped tomato, bell pepper, onion, crushed garlic, chopped scotch bonnet pepper, scallion, thyme and pimento berries. Sauté for three minutes.
Step 8. Add water, browning and salt, stir. Cover the pan and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the fried fish halfway through.
Step. Simmer until sauce is reduced.
What To Serve It With
In Jamaica, we serve brown stew fish with rice or boiled ground provisions.
On Sundays, Brown stew fish is served with rice and peas with a side of fresh salad for Sunday dinner.
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Jamaican brown stew fish recipe
- 2 lbs Fresh fish
- 1 Stalks scallion Chopped
- 2 Small tomato Diced
- 1 Bell pepper Chopped
- 3 Sprigs fresh thyme
- 5 Garlic cloves 2 Crushed & 3 chopped in two
- 1 Small onion Chopped
- 1 ½ Scotch bonnet pepper Keep one whole pepper and remove the seeds from the half and finely chopped
- 8 Pimento berries (allspice)
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 1 tbsp Browning sauce
- 1 Cup Water
- ¼ Cup Cooking oil
Wash the fish
- 1 Lemon/lime
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- Wash the fish with the lime/lemon and vinegar. Drain any excess water from the fish and dry the fish.
- Mix about ¾ tsp salt and ½ tsp of black pepper together and rub all over and into the fish.
- In a frying pan, pour the cooking oil and put on high heat
- Add the chopped garlic, the whole bonnet peppers and 5 pimento berries to the oil.
- Add the fish to the frying pan. Let the fish fry on both the sides until it gets a golden brown colour.
- When the fish is all fried, remove the pan from the fire. Remove the burned pepper, garlic and pimento berries.
- Pour way the oil leaving about a tablespoon in the pan. Return to the fire on low heat.
- Add the chopped tomato, bell pepper, onion, crushed garlic, chopped scotch bonnet pepper, scallion, thyme and the rest of the pimento berries. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the cup of water, the browning sauce, stir. Cover the pan and leave to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Half way through add the fried fish. Spoon the sauce over the fish.