How to make Brown Stew Fish

Published on February 26th 2022 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Front shot of Brown Stew Fish in a ceramic pot

How many ways do you know how to cook fish? Grilled, fried, steamed, baked, and poached would be the most common responses for most home cooks. However, fish is often served in a stew in a flavorful sauce poured over rice in the Caribbean. This stew fish recipe will show you how to create an authentic brown stew snapper Caribbean style. Also known as Jamaican Brown Stew Fish, this dish uses fresh herbs, seasonings, vegetables, and our local browning sauce to create a rich flavor and beautiful coloring to the fish. Spice up a fish dinner by trying our brown fish recipe for a genuine culinary adventure. Another fish recipe must-try is the Jamaican Escovitch Fish.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Serves
4-6 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Red Snapper Fillets

  • 3 tablespoons Green Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Browning

  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil

  • 1 large yellow Onion - diced

  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced

  • 1 teaspoon Ginger - minced

  • 6 Chadon Beni leaves - minced

  • 1 small Carrot - diced

  • 4 large Tomato - diced

  • 1 Bell pepper - diced

  • 2 Green Onions - chopped

  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

  • Water for cooking

Instructions

Season the fish with green seasoning, old bay seasoning, and one tablespoon of browning, thoroughly coating the fish, then marinate in a container for a minimum of one hour or overnight for more depth of flavor and color.

Add the oil and medium heat using a heavy bottom pan or a large deep skillet.

Once the oil is hot, add the marinated fish and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until browned, then remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chadon beni and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the carrot, tomato, bell pepper, green onions, and one tablespoon of browning and cook for 3-5 minutes using a wooden spoon to stir.

Once the mixture is a chunky salsa-like consistency, return the fish to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add water to create a sauce to your preferred consistency.

Remove from the heat and serve over the cooked rice, pouring the chunky sauce all over.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart