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Jamaican Brown Stew fish

Jamaican brown stew fish recipe

Full of flavour, the Jamaican brown stew fish recipe is the perfect Sunday dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 232 kcal


  • 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)
  • Salt
  • 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.


Ketchup is sometime use to thicken the sauce and give the dish a hint of sweetness. If you wish to use ketchup, add it after you add the water to the pot.
Keyword brown stew fish, Fish, Jamaican ackee and salt fish recipe