Jamaican Steamed Fish With Crackers

Steamed fish is a very popular Jamaican seafood dish. Although the term ‘steamed’ is used, the style of cooking consists of poaching the fish directly in a soup base instead of placing the fish on a steaming rack. The pot is lined with aromatics and vegetables with a soup base or liquid. The fish is then placed on top of the vegetables and allowed to cook in the pot, covered with a lid. The bed of aromatics and vegetables not only prevent the fish from sticking to the pan while cooking but it also gives the fish aroma and flavor. Okra is the most commonly utilized vegetable in Jamaican steamed fish. The dish is also spicy, as the locals use scotch bonnet peppers. This healthy fish dish is a complete meal on its own but you can also serve it with crackers, biscuits or rice.


• 2 cups Grace fish tea mix
• 1 cup of diced Irish potato
• 1 cup of diced pumpkin
• 4 okras, sliced
• 4 medium red snapper, cleaned
• freshly ground black pepper
• 1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• ¼ cup of diced tomato
• 2 scallions, sliced
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 4 sprigs fresh thyme


This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make. Serves 4.

Pour fish tea into a pot and boil over medium heat.
Put in potato, pumpkin, and okra.
Cover pot with a lid and simmer while you prepare the fish.
Cut a slit on each side of each fish.
Stuff each fish with some of the scotch bonnet pepper, onion, tomato, scallions, and garlic.
Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper on each side of the fish.
Arrange fish in the pot.
Add the rest of the vegetables and herbs on top.
Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat and transfer fish to a serving plate.
Arrange crackers around the plate.
Pour sauce and vegetables on top and serve.

Ideas And Tips:

• Grace fish tea is a product of Jamaica. It is a complete fish flavored soup mix in powdered form sold in a 1.6 oz packet. Simply dissolve it in 2 cups of water to use as your soup base.

Jamaican Steamed Fish With Crackers
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