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Couples Resorts Recipe Time: Escoveitch Fish

Escoveitch Fish is a traditional Jamaican dish that is enjoyed by both locals and foreigners. The style of cooking originated in Europe/Mediterranean where it was known as ‘Escabeche’ and was then brought to Jamaica by the Spaniard. The dish can be described as being pickled since pickling was a great way of keeping food from spoiling in the days of no refrigeration. It is similar to a ceviche with the difference being that the fish is fried and not raw and served with bammy more times than not. As the mecca of first class cuisine, Couples Resorts shares this simple, but tasty Jamaican recipe with you below. Note that Red snapper, mullet, king fish, other firm-bodied fish and even the deadly Lion Fish can be used successfully in this spicy recipe.

Escoveitch Fish & Bammy

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Ingredients for Escoveitch Fish
  • 1 Small onion slice or julienne
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 small carrot julienne
  • 1 cho-cho julienne
  • 1 piece sweet pepper julienne
  • 1 scotch bonnet cut into thin slices
  • 1 stalk scallion julienne
  • 1 sprig thyme chopped
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 pimento berries cracked
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 snapper fillets
  • Salt and pepper

Escoveitch Fish Method
  • Sautee onion /garlic /carrot/cho-cho /sweet pepper /then add all remaining seasonings
  • De glaze with vinegar then remove from heat and fold in butter
  • Add 4 seasoned snapper fillets with salt and pepper to cook until golden brown on each side; remove from heat and pour escoveitch over fish

Ingredients for Bammy
  • 3 large bammies cut into triangles
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt & pepper

Bammy Method
  • Soak bammy in all the above mixture for about 5-10 minutes
  • Fry bammy by using deep fat frying method. Fry the bammy until golden brown, then remove from oil and leave to drain on cheese cloth

So, if you go fishing whilst on your all inclusive vacation, be sure to take your catch of the day to our talented chefs and they will whip you up a tasty Jamaican dish you are sure to enjoy!
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