Steamed Fish Recipe (Jamaican Style)

steamed fish and crackers

Over the years I have developed a special appreciation for Steamed Fish. Maybe it’s because I’ve become somewhat of a pescatarian. Maybe, it’s because there is something special about Jamaican style steamed fish. Whatever the reason; I know that am just one of the millions of steamed fish lovers roaming around. And if you’re a fish lover like me the easy to follow recipe below is exactly what you need to recreate this tasty Jamaican classic.

 

Though steamed fish can be made using any firm white fish, Snapper is the Jamaican fish of choice. To prepare, the fish is cooked in a buttery sauce laden with fresh vegetables and accented with herbs and spices for a delicious meal. Every cook has his/ her way of preparing this dish but when prepared properly the results is melt in your mouth perfection. Steamed fresh fish, like plenty of other Jamaican foods is rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiac or not, I promise this is one of the most delicious, satisfying meals you will ever enjoy.

fresh clean red snapper

though snapper is the #1 fish of choice for many Jamaicans when cooking steamed fish any firm ocean or fresh water fish can be used to prepare this hearty, healthy dish.

traditional Jamaican Steamed fish can be cooked with any number of fresh veggies but, for authentic flavor onion, garlic, thyme and allspice are a must. Even though butter is traditionally used to make this dish, I have found that coconut oil add a delicious exotic flavor to this tasty dish

red snapper and ground provisions

oven steamed snappers

If/ when you’re cooking for a crowd. Stuff whole fish with lots of veggies. I like callalloo and okra, arrange them in a single layer, cover with foil and pop them in the oven for an hour or so.

Some popular Jamaican steamed fish combos include Rice & Peas and steamed veggies, Boiled dumplings,  ground provisions, or fried dumplings just to list a few.  Serve Steamed fish with your favorite Jamaican or other side dish for a healthy delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.

steamed fish and crackers

 

For years I heard how good Steamed Fish & Crackers (another Jamaican staple) were. Still, I could never understand what all the fuss was about. Then a few years ago I gave it a try. Pick up a pack of Excelsior hard crackers in your local grocery store, or buy them on Amazon.com and see for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.  

 

 

 

 

 


3

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lime
  • 2 lb. whole fish
  • 2 C. water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Okra, optional
  • 2 med carrots, cut up
  • ¼ scotch bonnet pepper, optional
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 stalks scallion

INSTRUCTIONS

Rub fish inside and out with cut lime. Rinse with cold water. In a large skillet melt butter, over medium heat. Add all ingredients except fish. bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add fish, cover and let cook for another 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with hard crackers, boiled green bananas, ground provisions or over a bed of white rice.

Cuisine: Jamaican | Recipe Type: Fish

Notes

If you are a novice or if you just don't feel like it... have your fisherman remove the gills and trim the fins for you.

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