By now you all know of my love for seafood, so I was very excited when my husband came back from fishing with his uncle with a Blue fish. I have never heard of the Blue fish before meeting my husband and so the first time he brought it home, I had to ask my mom which was the best way to prepare it. She told me that it would be good as a dish we call Escovitch fish in Jamaica, where you fry the fish and then put pickled vegetables on top of it when you serve it. She also told me that I could make Brown Stewed fish dish, where we fry the fish and then cook it down in a sauce filled with vegetables. So this time I prepared Brown Stewed Blue Fish with mashed potatoes and squash and steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and I am sharing the recipe for my meal below.
I started off by seasoning the fish with black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Maggie all purpose seasoning.
I then fried the fish in batches. This type of fish doesn’t take long to be cooked and it is very moist and flaky. I placed crushed garlic and sprigs of thyme in the hot oil to infuse those flavors into the fish.
While the fish was frying, I prepared the vegetables for the sauce. I chopped up:
1 small onion
2 stalks of scallions
half of a small red bell pepper
half of a small green bell pepper
1 medium sized carrot
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of thyme.
After the pieces of fish were fried, I drained the oil and left just about 2 tsp in the skillet. I then sauteed the vegetables until they were soft. Next, I added half of a cup of water, some ketchup to taste and some of the seasonings I previously used on the fish. I then placed the pieces of fish into the sauce, turning them occasionally so the sauce could be penetrated through. Then I removed the pot from the heat.
Step 1: Season fish with black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Maggie all purpose seasoning
Step 2: Heat oil in a skilled and fry the pieces of fish (about 7-8 minutes on each side). Place fried pieces on paper towel to get rid of excess oil.
Step 3: Drain oil from the skillet and leave about 2 tsp of oil. Sautee vegetables until tender. Then add half cup of water. Add about 1/3 cup of ketchup and season to taste using more of the seasoning that were used on the fish.
Step 4: Return the pieces of fried fish to the skillet and turn them so both sides can be coated with the sauce. Then remove from heat.
I served the fish with steam broccoli and cauliflower and mashed potatoes and squash which I prepared by boiling 3 small diced potatoes and squash. I then took them from the pot and crushed them with butter and a little milk in a bowl. I seasoned it with salt, garlic powder and black pepper. I also added some cucumber slices to the plate.
And that’s how I prepared this delicious recipe using a Blue fish that my husband caught while he was fishing with his uncle. Let me know in the comments what you think of how I prepared the fish. Have you ever eaten Blue fish? Thanks for reading. xoxox