Brown Stewed Porgy Fish Recipe, Jamaican Style.

Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish

Jamaican dishes are full of complex flavors, and my Brown Stew Porgy Fish is no exception. Don’t be put off by the number of ingredients; it’s simpler than you think. Jamaicans take pride in preserving the traditional food culture and practices.

This traditional recipe has several variations. Despite minor changes in the ingredients, the flavor will remain prominent. This porgy fish dish will go well with any of the following sides:

Cassava Sweet Potato Mash

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Yogurt Cornbread with Prune Infused Red Wine

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Renz in her blog showcases 17 Caribbean Side Dishes that she claims will turn any meal into a feast.

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Jamaican Style Brown Stewed Porgy Fish

Here are all the ingredients you will need.

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Badia Complete Seasoning

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Fresh Garlic

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Easy Brown Stewed Snapper & Porgy Fish

Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish

Jamaican Style Brown Stewed Porgy Fish Recipe.

Kevin Foodie
This fish dish is ideal for a date night dinner or lunch. With your favorite starchy side dish, you'll have a delectable homecooked meal. This traditional Jamaican dish has several variations. However, the majority of the ingredients used in this recipe are traditional.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 4 People


  • Aluminum Pot
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Garlic Press
  • Mixing Bowl


Fish Ingredients

  • 5 lbs 4 Whole Fish (Snapper + Porgies)
  • 4 tbsp. Complete Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 3 tsp. Salt

Seasoned Flour

  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Salt

All In The Brown Stewed Sauce

  • 2 medium Onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 medium Romain Tomatoes
  • 1 sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 2 stalks Scallion (green onions),
  • 1 small Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Pimento Seeds
  • 1 medium Green Sweet Pepper, sliced
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ½ cup White Cane Vinegar
  • 1 medium Carrot, julienne
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water


Prepare The seasoning.

  • On a cutting board, cut the onions into rings about ½ inch thick with a knife. (b) Cut the scallion into 1-inch pieces.
    (c) Crushed garlic cloves with a garlic press. (d) Cut the tomatoes into cubes and the sweet pepper into 1-inch strips.
    (e) Julienne the carrots and half the scotch bonnet pepper. Grate the ginger with a grater or a blender.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables

Let's Prepare The Fish

  • These fish were purchased from my neighborhood fish market. Inflation has driven up the cost of fish and seafood. Any type of fish can be stewed. However, in my experience, fish with bones have more flavor than boneless fillet fish.
    In this recipe, I am using 3 porgies and 1 snapper fish. Snapper fish is popularly used in Jamaican cooking. Both types of fish are very meaty making them perfect for Brown Stewing.
  • In this recipe, I use three porgies and one snapper fish. Snapper fish is widely used in Jamaican cuisine. Both types of fish have a high meat content, making them ideal for Brown Stewing.
    This is an optional step. However, this is a must in the Caribbean or Jamaican cooking. Fish should be washed in lemon juice or vinegar water. This is said to reduce the fishy smell and thus enhance the flavor.
  • I prefer to score my fish. Scoring fish and chicken is a common practice in Jamaican cuisine. This step, however, is optional.
    Make 2-3 incisions in the flesh of each side of the fish with a knife. This allows for faster cooking and easier flavor penetration.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
  • Combine complete seasoning, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Season the fish by rubbing the mixture on the outside and inside of the gut cavity. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Season flour with salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper on a plate or rectangular container. Dredge each fish lightly in seasoned flour.
    This step served two functions: (1) It absorbs moisture from the fish's surface. (2) The flour and oil combine to form a roux, which thickens and flavors the sauce.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
  • In a large aluminum or skillet pan, heat oil for 2 minutes. Place each fish gently in the hot oil. This step is not to cook the fish, but to brown the outside and seal its natural juices. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
  • Remove the browned fish and set them aside.

Let's Prepare The Sauce

  • Dump the sliced onions, crushed garlic, fresh thyme, scallions, pimento seed, grated ginger, hot pepper, sweet pepper, and carrot in the same pan where the fish was fried. If you do not have access to fresh thyme, dried thyme work just as well; see shopping link.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
  • Toss seasoning in the remaining oil with a wooden spoon. Allow 2 minutes for the seasonings to release their natural oils and juices.
    Pour the vinegar, ketchup, and water into the vegetable mixture. Stir and continue simmering over medium heat for 3 more minutes.
  • Place the browned fish in the vegetable sauce. Allow the fish to stew in a covered pan for 5 minutes. The sauce will reduce to a sweet, thick consistency.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables
  • Turn off the heat and serve while still warm. This recipe serves about 4-6 people.
    Any starchy side dish can be served with stewed fish (rice, dumplings, pasta, starchy root vegetables: yams, green banana, cassava).
    I served mine with a delicious buttery broccoli rice.
    Jamaican Brown Stewed Fish vegetables


Keyword Brown Stew, Fish Dish, Home Cooking, Jamaican Dish, Porgie Fish, Snapper Fish

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15 thoughts on “Brown Stewed Porgy Fish Recipe, Jamaican Style.”

  1. This definitely seems delicious!!! I am not a great cook but I think I can pull through this one. Thank you for this great suggestion!

  2. 5 stars
    That looks absolutely delicious! Great plate presentation, too! I love snapper, but I’ve never had porgie. I’m going to have to be adventurous! 😉

  3. This looks amazing! I never tried porgies or snappers, so I have to try this asap! I have to show this to my sister as she loves anything done with fish and we have to widen our horizons! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I have never tried any of these before. They look and sound interesting. Thank you for sharing this post.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

  5. 5 stars
    You just made me so hungry! This Jamaican Style Brown Stewed Porgy Fish Recipe looks amazing!!! Thank you for posting helpful pictures of the process with lots of detail. Thank you for this interesting and delicious recipe!

  6. I have never really eaten Jamaican food before but I would love to try it out. That dish looks really good and it’s always great to try out new foods from different cultures.

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