This Jamaican fish recipe is for Jerk Snapper, a smallish fish that you would normally serve whole – if it’s large, then you can slice it up like the photo here, but smaller ones could be served one each.
Jerking is actually a method of cooking in Jamaica – it is used very frequently as it’s a lovely spicy taste which goes well with rice and peas.
Chicken, pork, fish or goat are marinated in jerk seasoning — either dry spices or a wet marinade like this recipe—then roasted in a pit or grilled slowly over wood coals.
You can buy the sauce ready made if you prefer – most grocery stores will have a selection. Some will be super hot and others milder. Try a few to see which you like best.
4 red snapper – about 12 oz (350g) each
Jamaican Jerk Sauce
1 chilli or jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
4 spring onions (scallions) sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 inch piece of ginger – peeled and grated
2 tspns dried thyme
2 tspns dried allspice
Juice of 2 limes
10 fl oz (300ml) pineapple juice
10 fl oz (300ml)tomato juice
Put the sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Slash the whole cleaned fish in several places and place them into a dish. Pour over the marinade and leave for about 30 minutes or so – turn a couple of times for the jerk sauce to soak into the flesh.
Grill for about 5 minutes per side – brush with the marinade to prevent the fish burning.
If you barbecue, then the instructions are the same – 5 minutes, brush and turn.
Serve with a salad and rice and peas.
If you enjoy this jamaican fish recipe, then you might like to know that a batch of jerk sauce will keep for about a month in the refrigerator – so you could make a double quantity to use for another meal.
I use the jerk sauce on wraps to give a lovely spicy flavor.
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By Liz Alderson, Mar 19, 2016
How to make Jerk Snapper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Main Ingredient: Red Snapper