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Jamaican Escovitch fish recipe

Jamaican Escovitch fish recipe

Learn how to prepare Jamaican ecovitch fish recipe with these easy to follow directions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword fired fish, Fish, Jamaican Escovitch fish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 157kcal
Author Lesa


  • 2 lbs Fresh fish
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Medium onions Slice thin
  • 1 Large carrot Cut into thin strips
  • 4 Scotch bonnet pepper De-seed two and slice. Leave the other two whole
  • 10 Pimentos berries (allspice)
  • 2 oz Apple cider Vinegar
  • Cooking Oil
  • 1 Lime/lemon To wash the fish



  • Wash the fish in water with the juice from the lime/lemon.
  • Drain away the excess water and dry the fish as much as possible, using kitchen paper roll helps a lot.
  • Mix mix the salt and black pepper together to make the fish seasoning.
  • Rub the seasoning all over and into the fish. Cut small deep gashes in each sides of the fish and rub the seasoning into it.
  • To a frying pan, add about a ¼ cup of cooking oil, just enough to cover one side of the fish at a time (you are NOT deep frying the fish). Place on medium to high heat.
  • Cut the garlic cloves in half and drop them into the oil along with 5 grain of pimentos berries and who whole scotch bonnet pepper.
  • Once the oil is hot carefully place fish in. After 2-3 minutes turn the heat down to medium. Fry both sides of the fish until is crispy.

Escovitch sauce

  • Pour away the oil in the frying leaving about 1 tbsp. On low heat, add the onion, the rest of the pimento berries, the slice scotch bonnet pepper, carrot strips and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and brown sugar, cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Pour over the fried fish and leave to absorb the flavour.


  • Use only one scotch bonnet pepper in the escovitch sauce if you can't take to much of the spice.


Calories: 157kcal