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Jamaican steamed fish and bammy recipe

steamed fish and bammy

Steamed fish is one of the many different ways fish is prepared in Jamaica. Steamed fish and bammy is a popular Jamaican dish, especially among men.

Jamaican yellow-tail grunt fish

grunt fishes


6 grunt fishes, cleaned and washed, make a shallow slash on both sides of the each fish (use any fish available to you.)

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt (or less)

1 1/2 tsp. fish seasoning

1 tsp. margarine or butter (optional)

1/2 cup water (You can use fish stock instead of water—water is much healthier!)

1 stalk scallion (cut-up)

2-3 slices hot pepper

Piece of green sweet pepper (cut-up)

Piece of green thyme

2-4 slices onion

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1 tbsp. ketchup (optional)

2 medium-size bammy (cut each bammy into 7 pieces)

bammyJamaican bammy



In a small plate, combined salt and dry seasonings together (black pepper, and fish season), then rub on fishes. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes (optional)


Pour the oil into a medium-size Dutch pot. Add the seasoned fishes margarine and  herbs (scallion, thyme, onion,  hot and sweet peppers) . Add 1/2 cup water, cover the pot and steam fish on high heat for 10 minutes.

Jamaican grunt fish


I used 6 fishes, I removed 5 from the pot and placed on a plate, cover and set aside. 1 fish remains in the pot.  Pour 2/3 cup of water in pot. Add the bammy pieces. Spoon the gravy over the bammy pieces.  Add ketchup, taste gravy and adjusting the taste by adding salt if needed. Cover pot and steam bammy pieces for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm. Jamaican steam fish and crackers is also popular in Jamaica



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