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Jamaican steamed fish recipe

This Jamaican steamed fish recipe makes a delicious fish dinner. Comes with a savoury sauce and made in ONE pot. Yup, just throw it all in one pan, steam it, and you end up with a tender juicy fish in a tasty fish sauce.

Jamaican steamed fish recipe

Steamed Fish

Steamed fish is once of my favourite Jamaican fish dishes. Not just for it’s amazing taste but because it is so versatile. I can cook it as a full meal or as a main dish.

You can steam any type of fish but it is best to choose a fish that doesn’t break apart easily when cooked. Red snapper, doctor fish, butterfish are fish that steamed well.

I was unable to get any of these fish so I opt to using sea bass. Even though this fish taste great when steamed, it is a little bit to soft for this recipe.

steamed sea bass


There are a few variations to Jamaican steamed fish. As I have done with this recipe, this fish is steamed with vegetables like pumpkin, okra and carrot. You can also add corn or potato.

Jamaican sometime steamed fish with bammy or water crackers. This way the steamed fish is eaten as a full meal.

You can steam this fish without all the vegetables, bammy or crackers and serve it as a main dish.

What You Need For This Recipe

Here is the ingredients for steamed fish:

steamed fish ingredients
  • Fresh fish: Use any fish the you like, I am using sea bass.
  • Fish stock: If You want to be authentically Jamaican using fish tea soup mix. Mix this in half cup of water before adding it to the pot.
  • Scallion, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, onion, pimento (allspice): all the usual suspects in steamed fish
  • Vegetables: I am using pumpkin, okra and carrot.
  • Salt and black pepper: To season the fish

How To Cook Jamaican Steamed Fish

You basically adding all ingredients to one pot and let it steam. How easy?

how to cook Jamaican steamed fish

However, you must let the vegetables cook a little before adding the fish to prevent it breaking. Once you add this fish cover and let the pot steamed.

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Jamaican steamed fish recipe

Jamaican Steamed Fish

Fish steamed with vegetable, what could be more tastier?
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Fish, steamed fish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 465kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 3 lbs fresh fish
  • 10 Medium okras Chopped in ¾
  • 2 Small carrot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Medium onion
  • 1 Stalk scallion
  • 3 Sprigs thyme
  • 6 Pimento berries
  • ¼ lbs Pumpkin
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ Black pepper
  • ½ Salt
  • ½ cup Fish tea soup mix Or fish stock

Clean the 'fish

  • 1 Lime/lemon
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  • Wash to in wash with lime juice and vinegar. Drain away the water
  • Combine the salt and pepper and use it season the fish
  • Place a pot on medium heat and add the scotch bonnet pepper, onions, scallion, thyme, garlic, pimento, carrots, okras, pumpkin, coconut oil and the fish tea soup mix/fish stock.
  • Cover and let is simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Place fish into the boiling fish stock, spoon stock over the fish. Turn the heat down, cover and steam for other 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the fish half way through.


  • If you are using fish tea soup mix, add it to half a cup of water before adding it to the pot.


Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Steamed Fish
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    I just recently found your site. I was looking for a steamed fish recipe that was relatively fast and easy. I tried yours yesterday and my family loved it so I’m looking forward to coming back and getting more delicious recipes. Thank you.

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