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Escovitch Fish Recipe

The Escovitch Fish Recipe is a traditional Jamaican dish. It is first fried and then covered with a spicy sauce that preserves it. When people did not have electricity, it was one of the most famous dishes to be prepared; as it could be left out for a day or two without spoiling. It is a popular Good Friday menu favorite as well.
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Est. time: 1 hr Yield: 2-3

For the Fish

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar, 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 large/2 medium onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 carrot, sliced into strips
  • 1 chocho, peeled and cut into strips (substitute with sweet pepper)
  • 4 JCS Whole Pimento grains 2.5oz
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper


  • Make diagonal slashes in fish. Season with port royal fish frye, salt, black pepper and ground pimento.  
  • If using whole fish, rub the mixture inside the fish itself. If using sliced fish, rub the mixture over each slice.  
  • Sprinkle the fish with the seasoned flour, and deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.  
  • Place all the ingredients for the escovitch sauce in a pot, and bring to a boil. Boil for about half a minute so vegetables do not loose their crunch.
  • Pour the sauce over the fish.
  • Serve with bammy, festival, Johnny cakes or bread.

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