Today marks a very new milestone for me and my house. We’ve decided to take a stab at being Vegetarian (with the exception of seafood) and I’m truly excited. In the past, we’ve tried this for a few months, BUT I found myself reverting back to Meat due to my constant overdrive of sweets and dairy, which I guess was my way of substituting heavily for the “No-Meat” meals. However, due to health reasons (which I’ll go into further detail in the future once I’ve confirmed everything), I’m going on a full Vegetarian diet, also minimizing dairy extremely, and will only eat seafood as a source of meat (for the nutrition value).
Luckily, my supportive Husband has decided to join me, so I won’t feel alone. How great right? Yes, I know. Haha! Thank Goodness for Him.
Anyway, to start my first day of this new Lifestyle, I’ve made Red Snapper fish with loads of flavor and spice, stewed down to perfection. Please don’t mind the fact that the fish is not in it’s wholeness. I actually sliced each fish in half, BUT also the cooking has made it extremely soft and GOOD.
Although I usually speak of my “Southernness” a lot (especially when it comes to my food inspirations), I am in fact from a Jamaican family and most of my life, I’ve had a balanced diet of Jamaican food and Southern food, so I’m pretty well-rounded in flavor. I don’t make a lot of Jamaican dishes (mainly because I’ve eaten it so much growing up), but now more so, because it consists of a WHOLE LOT OF MEAT. Oh, well! Haha. Today’s dish took all but 30 minutes and it’s an easy and healthy way to eat. I feel full BUT “light” and it’s the beginning of my new journey to eating clean.
So be prepared for more Vegetarian recipes, BUT I can guarantee that the flavors and GOODNESS won’t end, I promise!
I hope that you enjoy.
Jamaican-styled Stew Fish Recipe
- 2 whole red snapper, gutted and de-scaled
- 2 small yellow OR purple onions (cut into rings)
- 2 green bell peppers (thinly sliced)
- 2 carrots (cut into thin-medium slices)
- 3 scallion (cut into large pieces)
- 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp ground thyme
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp browning (optional, BUT Recommended)
- 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (optional for added spice)
- Salt and pepper
- Chop the onions, peppers, scallion and garlic.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour and water. Put the flour into the bowl first and then slowly add water while stirring so that the flour doesn’t end up in clumps.
- Cut the snapper into 2 large pieces: head tail (3 pieces if bigger size) and season with salt and pepper (making sure to season the inside of fish as well).
- Add oil to a nonstick pan and heat on medium high heat.
- Gently fry each piece of fish for 2-3 minutes per side OR until slightly brown.
- In a large pot on medium heat, sauté the onions, peppers, scallion and garlic in butter for 5 minutes, until onion is slightly softened.
- Add all of the ketchup, soy sauce, white vinegar, thyme, ginger, cayenne pepper, and browning to the large pot, including the flour and water mixture.
- Snuggle the fish into the pot OR until nicely covered by mixture.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, flipping fish over halfway through.
- Serve immediately with your choice of side (I chose boil dumplings).
- Bon Apetit!
And wallah! There you have it. A great meal to start a great way of eating full of veggies and great tasting flavor. Rest assured, you can pair your Stew Fish with anything you like, but in the Jamaican culture, it’s usually boiled dumpling, fried dumpling, or some form of rice or “heavy side” that makes it as a side to the dishes made.