Jamaica Brown Stew Fish Recipe

Jamaican cuisine features a wide array of seafood and fish dishes. Brown fish stew is one of Jamaica’s favorite dishes. A delicious dish made with simple ingredients and quite easy to prepare. You can use red snapper or tilapia for this dish. This recipe uses browning or brown sauce but if you can’t find it in your area, you can substitute it with soy sauce. The rich, salty, and tangy sauce is just perfect for hot steaming rice.


• 1 red snapper, cleaned
• 1 tsp fish seasoning
• ¼ tsp ground black pepper
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• ½ red bell pepper
• ½ green bell pepper
• ½ yellow bell pepper
• 1 sprig of thyme
• 2 tbsp ketchup
• 1 ½ cups of water
• ¼ tsp fish seasoning
• 2 tsp browning
• 1 tbsp butter


This recipe takes about 40 minutes to make. Serves 2.

Cut fish in half, diagonally.
Season the fish with fish seasoning and black pepper.
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
Fry the fish for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Using a paper towel, wipe off the oil from the frying pan.
Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Add onion, garlic, bell peppers, and thyme.
Sauté for 3 minutes.
Add water, ketchup, fish seasoning, browning, and butter.
Once the sauce boils, add the fried fish.
Cover the pan with a lid.
Simmer to reduce the sauce and cook the fish for 8 to 10 minutes.
Turn off heat.
Put the fish on a serving dish and pour sauce on top.

Ideas And Tips:

• Browning is a natural food coloring used throughout the Caribbean. Aside from giving a dark brown color, it also adds an authentic Caribbean flavor to the dish. It is made from sugar, seasonings, and oil or water. Do not use too much browning as it can give the dish a bitter taste.

Jamaica Brown Stew Fish Recipe
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