Jamaican Fried Snapper


  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) whole red snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  • 1 allspice berry, cracked
  • 1/4 habanero pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch brown sugar


Pat the fish dry and cut 3 small slits on each side of the fish. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

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Heat 1 quart oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until smoking. Carefully place the fish in the pan and fry until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Remove fish and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir onion, garlic and carrot into the pan; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add thyme, allspice, habanero pepper, vinegar, water, salt, and sugar and continue cooking until onions have softened and liquid has reduced, about 5 minutes.

Serve fish topped with onion mixture spooned over the top.