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Jamaican Steam Fish

Jamaican Steam Fish Recipe

This is an old Jamaican favorite fish recipe. It is fairly easy to prepare, and the ingredients are common. You can pick up all ingredients at your local supermarket.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 293kcal
Author myjamaicanrecipes.com


  • 2 lbs Kingfish Sliced
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 cups Water For cleaning Fish
  • 1 whole Yellow Onion Sliced
  • 2 whole Tomatoes Sliced
  • 2 stalks Green onions Diced
  • 1 small Bell Pepper Sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Thyme Use 3 sprigs fresh thyme if available
  • 1/2 tbsp Scotch Bonnet Pepper Diced and De-seeded
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar For cleaning fish
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice For cleaning fish
  • 10 whole Okras Sliced


  • Clean fish in a solution of lemon juice and water (You can use 1 tbsp of white vinegar as a substitute for lemon juice). Let fish dry (Use paper towels to dry fish, until water is absorbed in paper towels).
  • Season fish evenly with salt and black pepper.
  • Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over a medium flame. 
  • Add tomatoes, bell pepper, okras, garlic, thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper to saucepan.
  • Let sauté for approx. 10 mins or until ingredients are soft.
  • Add onion to sautéed vegetables.
  • Add fish (laid evenly in medium-sized saucepan)
  • Let cook for 20 minutes.


You have just prepared a Jamaican steam fish dinner. Serve with white rice, or boiled green bananas, and or Jamaican boiled dumplings.


Serving: 01 | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 1347mg | Potassium: 833mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1369IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg