March 28, 2015


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Jamaican Escovitch Fish Recipes: Fish prepared escovitch style is seasoned, fried and marinated with a peppery vinegar-based dressing made colourful with julienned bell peppers, carrots and onions. And, everyone knows this dish tastes better the next day. Even though it’s eaten year-round, no God fearing Jamaican would be without fried king fish or red snapper on Good Friday. For me it’s the highlight of the Easter holidays.


4 whole red snapper
Salt and pepper
1 cup cooking oil


1. The day before, clean and scale fish. Season with salt and black pepper and refrigerate.
2. Set stove to High and add cooking oil to pan. Dry fish with paper towel and pan
fry for about 5 minutes each side.
3. Take fish out of pan and place on paper towel to drain oil

Escovitch Dressing


½ each, green and red bell pepper, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
1 small onion, sliced in rings
3 Tbsp cooking oil (you can use leftover oil from frying fish)
2/3 cup vinegar
10 pimento berries (optional)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
½ scotch bonnet pepper, seed removed and chopped


1. Cut and chop vegetables and put aside.
2. Put vinegar and oil into a saucepan and bring to a boil
3. Add carrots and let simmer for about a minute
4. Add pimento seeds, if using, salt and pepper sauce
5. Add red and green bell peppers a simmer for a minute
6. Add onion and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent
7. Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir
8. Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top

Serves 4


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  • Reply
    Miranda Smith
    April 8, 2012

    Just wanted ro say Thank you Ms. Fay for sharing your wonderful recipes. I am american, but married to a Jamaican man. I can impress him with some of these wonderful recipes.

    Do you have a recipe for preparing Jerk Pork?

    Thank you again.


    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      April 9, 2012

      Hi Miranda,
      Nice to hear from you. I will be adding a recipe for Jerk Pork soon! Please join my mailing list to be notified as soon as its on the site. In the meantime, if have any questions about any of my recipes, please feel free to contact me again.

  • Reply
    May 8, 2012

    Hi Ms. Fay!

    I just found your site and love the videos and tips! What kind of Pepper sauce are you using? I cant tell from the video. Walkerswood?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      May 9, 2012

      Hi Keisha,
      I’m glad you like my site! I use Matouks. I always keep a big bottle around.
      Blessings, Fay

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    a. little
    September 17, 2012

    I’m married to a wonderful Jamaican, who loves his Jamaican Home Cooked meals. I’ve tried many times to make this dish for him and he would always mention either his mother’s cooking or the restaurant called Cool Runnings from Miami. But this time after he tasted your version that I made on saturaday, he said this taste like Cool Running. Oh, how pleased I was to hear that. So thank you so much for sharing all your recipes. I will be back to try more of your recipes. God Bless.

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    November 11, 2012

    Made it tonight – out of this world! Just like I remember it last time I was in Mo Bay back in 1985. What a dish! Thanks Fay!

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    N Kelly
    November 22, 2012

    Faye, let me say Miss Faye here, you would never know just how much you have given me the confidence to cook. I have always said, before i get married, i want to be able to cook and am learning like, your videso are off the hook and your cooking style and technique are marevelous. I am so elated to be apart of these videos watching your cooking just like everyone else. Thanks Fay, oh, Miss Faye for sharing to we novices…i am extreemly thankful. Let me say, on behalf of all your fans out there, we want to sincerely thank you from our hearts for what your doing. Keep up the good work and continue to share with us ideas, skills, your videos, recipees and last by no means least, your love. FYI, i am yet to be married, but that’s ok..i cook until God blesses me with that special beautiful person inside, someone. Again, we all say a big thank you!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 26, 2012

      Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Your words of encouragement are much appreciated. I’m glad my recipes are making a difference for you in your cooking journey. I’m always here to help. Blessings, Fay

      • Reply
        March 29, 2013

        I Really Thank You For This Recipe Because Red Snapper Is My Favorite Fish….I Have A Question: Does It Have To Be White Vinegar Only, Or Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar Too?
        Thanks Ms. Fay…I Envy Those Who Lives In Your Household :)

        • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
          Cook Like A Jamaican
          March 29, 2013

          Hi Olive,
          The traditional ingredient is white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar does has a different flavour, but it shouldn’t make much difference. Let me know how it turns out. Blessings, Fay

        • Reply
          November 28, 2013

          I use Apple Cider Vinegar, Plus I like garlic, thyme, and bay leaf so I add to veg and saute , squeeze lime juice over final sauce pour over fish,,,, yum.. I am a pretty good Jamaican cook… My mother taught me well…She is gone now. I joined this sight as somethings like the patty, and black cake she never made so, I wanted to know how to make them… Ingredients to use..but putting all together is a synch for me…I am a great cook ya know…lol……..

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    Bobette Crittenden
    April 6, 2013

    Hey there Fay,

    I used your recipe for Jamaican Escovitch Fish Recipe with a little twist, i.e. for Halibut instead of Snapper and it was absolutely tasteful. Thank you so much for all your dedication and motivation!

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    July 8, 2013


    Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s my first time trying to make it and I had no idea it was this easy. The flavor was perfect. I used King Fish and it tasted just like my grandmother’s.



  • Reply
    October 30, 2013

    I’m so grateful that I accidentally fell upon your website. I love Jamaican food! Whenever I tried to get a recipe I was always told it was a family secret. I never understood this since I shared many requested recipes.
    Fay you are a blessing from above. Thank you!

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    Michelle Parson
    October 31, 2013

    Hi Fay,

    my daughter and I both love your website. We were talking over the phone as she was doing you pumpkin and chicken soup recipe. I love escovitch fish and it featured at our last M & M’s pop-up restaurant. As bob Marley says, everyone do dem tings a likle weh different and I use lime juice together with cider vinegar in my dressing. I loved your presentation. Some people forget about that when they cook. As you know we eat with our eyes and nose before we put the food in the mouth. Keep it up Fay, keeping our heritage, for those living in the Diaspora, alive.

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    Les Lee
    March 1, 2014

    I just happen to run into this site while surfing for good Jamaican cooking that my mother and wife use to prepare for our family…you just happen to fill that bill. Thanks for your input…May these recipes live on for ever.

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    Giovanna Samuels
    April 17, 2014

    Love this recipe, I will be making this tomorrow for good friday.

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    July 25, 2014

    Loving your recipes, I’m English and my partner is Jamaican, our 2 kids love West Indian food, :)

  • Reply
    Ms Linda
    November 10, 2014

    I am new to your site and welcome the wonderful recipes. Married to a picky Jamaican, your recipes help to make food authentic in taste and preparation. Thank You

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