Experience the delightful combination of flavors with this classic Bahamian dish, Boiled Fish and Grits. The tender fish is simmered in a flavorful broth and served alongside creamy grits for a comforting and satisfying meal. This dish encapsulates the heart and soul of Bahamian cuisine, bringing together the bounty of the sea and the comfort of hearty grains.





4 Persons

For the Boiled Fish:
  • 2 lbs fish fillets (snapper, grouper, or other firm white fish)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
For the Grits:
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


For the Boiled Fish:

1) In a large pot, combine the water, chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, chopped celery, minced garlic, thyme, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.

2) Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

3) Add the fish fillets to the pot and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

4) Serve the boiled fish hot with lime wedges.

For the Grits:

1) In a separate pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the salt.

2) Gradually stir in the stone-ground grits and reduce the heat to low.

3) Cover the pot and let the grits simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and creamy.

4) Stir in the butter and shredded cheddar cheese until well combined.

5) Serve the creamy grits alongside the boiled fish.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving)                                                                                       

Boiled Fish:

Calories: 280 kcal

Protein: 32g

Carbohydrates: 18g

Fat: 9g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 4g

Sodium: 620mg


Calories: 230 kcal

Protein: 4g

Carbohydrates: 27g

Fat: 11g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 0g

Sodium: 490mg

DURATION : 1 hour 15 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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For an extra burst of flavor, squeeze fresh lime juice over the boiled fish before enjoying. Serve the dish with a side of sautéed vegetables or a simple salad for a well-rounded meal.