Authentic Jamaican Escovitch Fish

October 14, 2022

Caribbean food is just an amazing and underrated cuisine. Today, we bring you a hidden Jamaican gem: Escovitch Fish. An easy and flavorful dish that will make you feel like you're in a beachfront restaurant. It has bold flavors that are combined harmoniously.

Authentic Jamaican Escovitch Fish


Fried fish

  • 1 tsp Grace All Purpose Seasoning  (Buy Now)
  • medium-size snappers (cleaned & scaled)
  • lime
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 8 spring onions sprigs
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tbsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp oregano
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • ½ medium-size red bell pepper
  • ½ medium-size yellow bell pepper
  • ½ medium-size green bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt


                    • Cover the cleaned snappers with lime juice. In a small bowl mix all the spices (except the spring onion and the thyme sprigs). Season the fish with this mix. Make sure it is well coated. Place 1 sprig of thyme and two of spring onions inside each fish (see the picture above). Let it marinate in the fridge for 1 hour at least. I would recommend overnight.
                    • Cut the onion, bell peppers and carrot into thick julienne. Pierce the scotch bonnet pepper with a knife. Cut the garlic cloves into slices.
                    • In a pot add the vinegar, sugar, peppercorn, and thyme. Let it boil. Lower the temperature to medium heat.
                    • Toss the carrot and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the vegetables. Let it simmer for 5 minutes until the onion is transparent but still a bit crunchy. Season with salt.
                    • Fry both sides of the fish until they have a brown crust and the inside is fully cooked but not dry. Let it drain the excess oil and serve covered with the vegetables.
                    • Enjoy!
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