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How to make brown stew fish Jamaican style

Fried fish in Jamaica can always go one of two ways – escoveitch a savoury favourite or brown stew for a more filling meal. Usually cooks use a meaty fish that holds up well when stewed the lighter fare typically shells and gives way when cooked down and so are better for another type of dish. A longtime favourite for brown stew is the kingfish, a meaty fish steak that is a good alternative to eating tuna or salmon. Kingfish are ocean fish that are related to the Spanish mackerel and is a migratory species of mackerel of the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.


Sliced of Kingfish

1 onions

2 tomatoes

2 stalks scallion/ green onion

1 small potato

1 carrot

2 cloves garlic

Optional 2 tbsp finely chopped dill

½ cup Fish stock or water

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil


  1. Prepare fish by washing carefully and descaling, rub salt and pepper and let sit for 10-15mins to air dry then fry fish
  2. Strain nearly all the oil from frying pan, leaving roughly a tbsp behind along with any drippings
  3. Sautéonions, tomatoes, scallion, garlic and other vegetables in frying pan
  4. Add stock or water and simmer until flavor blends
  5. Add fish to sauce
  6. Cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots are cooked through
Jamaican Style Brown Stew Fish served with fresh garden vegetables
Jamaican Style Brown Stew Fish served with fresh garden vegetables

Brown stew fish recipe Jamaican style.

All done, please eat, post a pic tagging @IrieThyme and Enjoy!

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