how to steam fish jamaican style

Tired of the same old fish recipes? Looking to add a little more flavor and flair to your dinner table? Then look no further than this guide on how to steam fish Jamaican style! Whether you’re looking for a simple recipe or something more complex, we’ve got you covered. With just a few ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time!

Gather all your ingredients

Gather all your ingredients for a delicious Jamaican steamed fish recipe. You will need 2 cups of fish stock, 2 whole red snapper (about 1 ½- 2 Pounds cleaned and scaled), 3-4 medium whole red or yellowtail snapper fish or sliced kingfish, 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt, 3 lbs fresh fish, butter or oil, bell peppers, onion, fish seasoning or salt and pepper, coconut milk and carrots and okras.

To prepare the dish first clean and wash the fresh fish with cold water. Then melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients except for the fish to the melted butter and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally add the fish to the skillet along with coconut milk and let simmer for another 10 minutes until cooked through. Serve with your favorite sides! Enjoy!

Prepare the fish fillet

Preparing a fish fillet is an easy and straightforward process that can be done in just a few steps.

Start by rinsing the fish fillet with cold water and patting it dry with a paper towel. Once you have dried the fish, use a sharp knife to remove any bones or scales from the fillet. You may need to use tweezers for this part of the process if there are very small bones present.

Next, you will want to season your fish with salt, pepper, and other spices of your choosing. This will add flavor to your dish and ensure that it tastes great when cooked.

Finally, place your prepared fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) and bake according to recipe instructions or until desired doneness is reached. Once cooked through, let cool slightly before serving and enjoy!

Begin cooking the fish with spices

Begin cooking the fish with spices is an easy and delicious way to enjoy a variety of flavors in your meal. All you need to do is season the fish with a combination of spices such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and other herbs or spices of your choosing. This can be done either before or after cooking the fish and will add a wonderful flavor to your dish. Once you have seasoned the fish, you can cook it by baking, grilling, pan-frying or steaming it. Steaming is a great option if you want to maintain all of the nutrients in the fish while still achieving a perfectly cooked result. Simply place the seasoned fish in a steamer basket over boiling water and steam until just cooked through – usually 8-10 minutes for fillets – then serve!

Create a steam sauce with onions, carrots, and bell peppers

Creating a steam sauce with onions, carrots, and bell peppers is an easy way to add flavor to your favorite fish dishes. This flavorful blend of vegetables provides a delicious base for steamed fish. Start by heating some oil in a pan and adding the chopped onion, carrot, and bell pepper. Stir occasionally until the vegetables are tender and fragrant. Add your favorite herbs or spices for extra flavor before pouring in just enough water to cover the vegetables. Simmer on low heat until the liquid has reduced by half and then strain out any solids. Serve this tasty steam sauce over your favorite steamed fish dish for a delicious meal!

Add thyme, pepper, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper to the steam sauce

Jamaican Style Steamed Fish is a delicious and flavorful dish that is easy to prepare. The key to achieving the best flavor and texture is to add thyme, pepper, garlic, and scotch bonnet pepper to the steam sauce. To start making this tasty dish, first season your fish with salt, pepper, and other desired spices. Then heat some oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add garlic, paprika, thyme, onion, all spice and onions. Stir for about two minutes before adding diced pumpkin and chopped scallion. Next add coconut milk along with hot pepper and pimento berries before bringing the mixture to a boil. Finally add the fish into the boiling mixture before covering it with foil or a lid. Allow the fish to steam for 10-15 minutes until it is cooked through before serving warm with your favorite sides!

Add tomatoes to the steam sauce

Adding tomatoes to your steamed fish sauce adds a delicious and flavorful twist to your dish. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, making them an ideal addition to a healthy meal. To add tomatoes to your steam sauce, begin by sautéing the tomatoes in a little olive oil. Once softened, add them along with garlic and herbs of your choice to the boiling fish stock. Allow the ingredients to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy the delicious tomato-infused flavor of your steamed fish!

Place the fish in a steamer basket in a large pot

Using a steamer basket to cook fish is a great way to keep it moist and flavorful. Place the fish in a steamer basket inside a large pot filled with 1-2 inches of water. Bring the water to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid. The steam will cook the fish in 8-12 minutes, depending on its size, so check it periodically for doneness. Once cooked through, season with herbs and spices of your choice before serving.

Pour the steam sauce over the fish fillet

Pour the steam sauce over the fish fillet is an easy way to add flavor and moisture to your fish. Simply add a few tablespoons of your favorite sauce or marinade to the fish before you begin cooking. The steam helps to infuse the flavors into the fish, leaving it moist and tender. This method works well with any type of fish, from salmon and cod to trout and tilapia. It’s also great for adding extra flair when serving up dinner for guests – simply pour over some extra sauce at the end for a delicious presentation!

Cover and cook for 15 minutes

Cover and cook is a popular method used to prepare food that requires minimal effort yet yields maximum flavor. This technique is perfect for busy schedules, as it only requires a few minutes of your time. To ensure the best results, keep the heat low and make sure to use plenty of liquid or stock to create steam. It’s also important to remember that different ingredients may require varying cooking times, so be sure to check for doneness before serving. Whether you’re making a succulent seafood dish or a tender cut of meat, cover and cook is a great way to get dinner on the table in no time!

Garnish with fresh herbs and vegetables

Begin cooking the fish with spices

Garnishing with fresh herbs and vegetables is a great way to add flavor and texture to your dishes. Herbs can be used to enhance the natural flavors of any dish, while adding a burst of vibrant color. Whether you are using fresh herbs in salads, soups, sauces, or as a garnish on fish or meat dishes, they can be an easy and flavorful addition to any meal. Fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, oregano, rosemary and sage are all excellent choices for garnishing. Vegetables also make beautiful garnishes that add flavor as well as color – bell peppers, onions and potatoes are all good options for steaming with fish or adding to salads. For an Asian inspired meal try steaming the fish alongside ginger, scallions (spring onion) and soy sauce for added flavor!

Serve with boiled green bananas or plantains

Serve with boiled green bananas or plantains

Boiled green bananas or plantains are a delicious and versatile side dish that can be enjoyed as part of many Jamaican meals. Green bananas are a staple in Jamaican cuisine, often boiled in their skin until tender with the skins discarded afterwards. Plantains, which are a close relative to the banana, can also be boiled and served as a side dish. Both green bananas and plantains pair well with vegan Ackee, vegan Jamaican salt fish, curried dishes and other Caribbean favorites. They also make great additions to salads, soups, stews and stir-fries for added texture and flavor. For a simple way to prepare both green bananas and plantains, cut off the ends of the fruit before peeling away the skin. Once peeled, boil them in lightly salted water for about 10 minutes or until tender. Serve warm with butter or your favorite condiment for added flavor!

Tips for getting perfect Jamaican style steamed fish

Tips for getting perfect Jamaican style steamed fish

Cooking up a delicious Jamaican-style steamed fish dish can be easy and rewarding. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect Jamaican style steamed fish:

1. Start off by selecting the best quality fish. Try to get fresh, whole red or yellowtail snapper if possible.

2. Clean and wash the fish before prepping it for cooking. You can season it with salt, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce as desired.

3. Heat a large skillet with coconut milk and bring it to a boil before adding carrots and okras (optional). Let this simmer for 10 minutes before adding the fish pieces or steak into the mix.

4. Cover the skillet with a lid then steam everything together for 10 minutes in total, turning the fish halfway through that time frame to ensure even cooking on both sides of each piece of fish.

5. Serve your finished dish with bammy or crackers for an extra crunchy texture! Enjoy!


Cooking up a delicious Jamaican steamed fish meal is easy and enjoyable! Begin by selecting your type of fish, adding some stock and herbs to it, then covering it with a tight-fitting lid and steaming it for 8-10 minutes. The result is a tender, flavourful fish dish that will tantalize your taste buds. Make sure to season it with salt/pepper or curry powder before serving. Enjoy!