Brown Stew Fish Is Delicious and Easy To Make

Jamaican food is just too delicious for words. The mixture of bold flavors and spices just makes your mouth water thinking about it.  I have been cooking Jamaican food for well over 20 years now and it is by far my favorite. I might be a little biased since it is the food that I was raised on being that I was born in Jamaica. 
Brown Stew Fish is so good, it has you thinking about it long after you have consumed it. A plate of brown stew fish, some rice and peas, and flavorful steamed cabbage sends you to bed sucking your fingers like a little baby.  You can make your own brown stew fish dinner at home with no problem. For a dish that is so delicious, you would be surprised how easy it is to make.
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  • 2 lbs of fish (White Fish, King Fish or Snapper works best)
  • One lemon, lime or 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 stalks scallion
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (use regular Habanero if you can't find it)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 2-3 large tomatoes
  • sunflower oil (or oil of choice)
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 2-3 tbsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tbsp browning sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup or BBQ sauce for more flavor
  • 2 cups water
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Cooking Directions:

  • In a bowl, wash the fish with the lemon juice (apple cider) to remove traces of fish smell. You can also use milk or even apple juice for this step.
  • Dry the fish in paper towel one by one to remove traces of water. In another bowl, season the fish with salt and pepper. You can use Adobo seasoning if you have it available.
  • Let the fish sit in its seasoning for about 1/2 hour to 1 hour or longer.
  • Chop up the scallion, scotch bonnet or Habanero pepper, bell pepper, garlic and tomatoes in to small cubes and set it aside.
  • Heat a pan of oil on the stove. Just enough to fry an egg. Fry each piece of fish on both sides until it is harder in texture or has a golden brown color.  Set them aside so they can cool.
  • Drain the oil from the pan and wash it out thoroughly.
  • Remove the fish and drain off the oil
  • Make a Rue: Melt the butter on low heat in the saucepan. Slowly add each tablespoon of flour, making sure to stir out any lumps as you go along. Once both tablespoons of flour is added to the butter, then add your scotch bonnet pepper, onions, scallion, tomatoes, thyme, garlic and bell pepper to the rue. Sautee the vegetables until they are soft.
  • Slowly add water to the mixture (stirring it constantly to keep lumps to a minimum). Add the browning sauce and ketchup or BBQ sauce after you add your two cups of water. You can add as much water as necessary if the two cups are not enough.
  • Stove Top Method:  Add the pieces of fish to the mixture, cover the fish and let it steam. Once the sauce reduces to a thick, tasty sauce you can turn off the stove and let your fish dish cool.
  • Oven Method:  Place the pieces of fish in a baking dish large enough to hold the pieces. Let the sauce with the vegetables reduce on the stove. Cover the pieces of fish with the sauce and let it bake on low for 20 to 30 minutes.

You can serve this brown stew fish with white rice or the traditional Jamaican rice and peas.

ENJOY!  :)


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