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Jamaican Curry Fish Recipe

Jamaican curry fish recipes

curry fish

Jamaicans love fish, fish curried is one of the many different ways of preparing fish recipes in Jamaica. For this recipe, I am using the white grunt fish. However, you can use your choice fish; even fish fillet.


2 lbs. (about 4, depending on size) grunt fish /scrape/gut/wash with lime and water or vinegar and water solution/drain off excess water

1 stalk scallion

Piece of fresh green thyme

2 slices  hot pepper

2 slices green sweet pepper

1 tsp. black pepper

1 1/2 tsp. Maggi Season Up fish flavour

1 1/2 tbsp. Indian curry (use your choice)

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. salt

Fish has a mild to medium flavour, and as I mentioned before it is best to use mild to medium strength condiments to season the fish. Condiments with strong flavours will be too overpowering; you want to taste the fish. Seafood should be lightly seasoned.



Prepare the fish by using a sharp knife to remove the scales, gut and remove the inside. Wash the fish in vinegar and water solution. Put to drain, then place fish in a clean bowl;  one fish can be cut into two halves if the size is big, if not make a diagonal cut on both sides. In a small bowl, mix the fish flavour, salt and black pepper, then use to rub inside of the fish and the cut on both sides. Put seasoned fishes in bowl, cover and set aside.


This is optional, but I rather to pulverize the natural herbs in a food processor or blender, it makes the gravy more richer. Put the scallion, thyme,hot pepper and sweet pepper into a food processor, pulverize for a few seconds (not very fine), set aside.


Put a Dutch pot or skillet with cover, on low heat. Add the oil, put the curry into the hot oil, and stir to dissolve. Put the seasoned fishes neatly into the pot. Add the pulverized herbs and water. Cover the pot, turn the heat up to medium/high and simmer until it becomes gravy or to the consistency that you desire. Remove from heat when done and serve with steam rice and cooked dumplings and boiled green bananas.

Do not forget your vegetables. This is how myself and most Jamaicans who live in Jamaica eat our vegetables. Yep, no dressing, just plain and so-so-soh (just as it is)



If you live in Europe, then you probably can get doctor fish (Garra rufa). curry doctor fish is equally yummy.

doctor fish


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