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Jamaican Escovitch Fish

Jamaican Escovitch Fish paired with Bammy –Tart, spicy and slightly sweet sauce and vegetables topped with red snapper.
Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 317kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 pounds whole red snapper about 2-3 fish or any white fish – cleaned and scaled.
  • Salt and pepper or any seasoning of choice
  • 1 lime or lemon
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or more as needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 yellow medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot Julienne
  • ½ red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper pierced or replace with ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Jamaican all spice
  • 1- tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup malt vinegar sub red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground white pepper


  • Rinse fish; rub with lemon or lime, seasoned with salt and pepper or use your favorite seasoning. I used creole seasoning. Set aside or place in the oven to keep it warm until sauce is ready.
  • In large skillet heat oil over medium heat, until hot, add the fish, cook each side- for about 5-7 minutes until cooked through and crispy on both sides. Remove fish and set aside. Drain oil and leave about 2-3 tablespoons of oil
  • Add, bay leave, garlic and ginger, stir-fry for about a minute making sure the garlic does not burn
  • Then add onion, bell peppers, carrots, thyme, scotch bonnet, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, all spice-continue stirring for about 2-3 minutes. Add vinegar, mix an adjust salt and pepper according to preference. Let it simmer for about 2 more minutes. 
  • Discard bay leave, thyme spring and serve over fish with a side of this bammy. You may make the sauce about 2 days in advance.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3210IU | Vitamin C: 60.6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.7mg