Experience the authentic flavors of the Bahamas with this comforting Bahamian Boiled Fish recipe. Fresh fish fillets are gently simmered in a flavorful broth infused with herbs, spices, and aromatic vegetables. This soul-soothing dish captures the heart and soul of Bahamian cuisine, making it a beloved choice for both locals and visitors. Serve it with a side of traditional Bahamian peas and rice for a true taste of the islands.





4 Persons

For the Bahamian Boiled Fish:
  • 2 lbs fish fillets (snapper, grouper), cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, whole (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped


1) In a large pot, combine the water, sliced onion, sliced green bell pepper, sliced celery, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, lime juice, thyme, paprika, black pepper, and salt.

2) Add the whole scotch bonnet pepper (if using) to the pot.

3) Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

4) Carefully add the fish fillets to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the broth.

5) Cover the pot and let the fish simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

6) Remove the scotch bonnet pepper if used and discard.

7) Sprinkle chopped cilantro or parsley over the boiled fish.

8) Serve the Bahamian Boiled Fish hot with lime wedges and enjoy the comforting taste of the Bahamas!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving)                                                                                       

Calories: 240 kcal

Protein: 30g

Carbohydrates: 12g

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 3g

Sodium: 480mg

DURATION : 30 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Enhance the flavors of the Bahamian Boiled Fish by serving it with a side of Bahamian-style johnnycake or cornbread. The broth can be enjoyed as a savory soup or poured over rice for a hearty meal.