Escovitch Fish
Jamaican Fish Recipes


In Jamaica, Escovitch Fish, or Escoveitch as it is often spelt, is fish that has been seasoned, browned, and marinated in a spicy vinegar marinade. Kingfish is commonly escovitched in Jamaica, but any fish can be used. A firm meaty fish is best ... I use Salmon or Tuna most of the time because they are readily available  where I am.

This is a quick and easy recipe that I use  to escovitch 4 - 6 fillets of fish. If you want to escovitch larger quantities just increase the amount of marinade you make so that you have enough to cover the fish.

Preparing and cooking the Fish

  • Squeeze the juice of one lime over 4 to 6 portions of fish fillets, sprinkle with salt and leave for an hour or two.
  • Remove from the lime juice, pat dry, sprinkle with some black pepper
  • Brown on both sides in a hot frying pan with a little oil.

Don't worry if the centre of the fish is not completely cooked because you are going to pour the hot marinade over the fish and it will finish cooking in the hot marinade.

Making the Marinade

Put the following ingredients into a small saucepan, bring to the boil, simmer for three or four minutes until the onions are beginning to soften, pour the hot marinade over the fried fish, cover the container and leave until it has cooled.

You can try different light colored vinegars - ordinary white, white wine, cider or white balsamic. You can vary the amount of peppers, sugar and salt to your own taste. Add more onions if you like onions.

  • 1/2 cup of any light colored vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper de-seeded, de-veined, and diced
  • 10 to 12 whole pimento berries (Jamaican Allspice)
  • 6 whole black pepper corns
  • 1 small carrot sliced into strips (optional)
  • 1/2 sweet pepper sliced into strips (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic diced finely (optional)

When cool put in fridge and leave overnight and it will keep for many days. It is a great anytime snack, and I always like to keep a batch in the fridge for snacking.

Escovitch Fish is delicious served with Hard Dough bread and Avocado Pear.

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