Jamaican grilled fish

Jamaican grilled fish

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus marinating


Serves 4
John Torode's authentic Caribbean marinade of beer, paprika and onion powder is put to best use on sustainable snapper or bream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal395
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein79g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 2 medium red snappers or whole bream, gutted, scaled and cleaned
  • 1 tbsp onion powder



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • pinch dried thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 100ml Jamaican beer (we used Red Stripe), plus extra to baste
  • 2 limes, 1 sliced, 1 cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. Make a few slashes in the flesh on either side of the fish with a sharp knife. Mix the onion powder, paprika, thyme and some seasoning with the beer. Pour over the fish and rub into the slashes and cavity. Place the lime slices inside the fishes’ bellies, cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 1 hr.

  2. Heat the grill to medium-high. Place the fish on a tray and grill for 15-20 mins, depending on the size, turning halfway through. Baste the fish with a little beer as it cooks. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.

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25th Jun, 2016
Yah so yummm and looks delicious Visit here..
5th Jun, 2014
Disappointed by the outcome despite having used all the gradients in the quantities, nothing Jamaican in the flavouring at all in the fish, I used bream as snapper are very hard to come by where I live, posh fish they call it! Needs more oomph!
22nd Mar, 2014
So very easy to make after work! Used hot paprika as that's what I had, added a lovely smoky kick! Trout were on offer so used those and served with oven roasted spice sweet potatoes and salad...yummy!
14th May, 2014
Is the serving size as per the nutritional information for half of a fish?
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28th May, 2014
Hi. The nutrition is per serving, so 1/4 of the total recipe, or half a fish.
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Tashini Jones
13th Jun, 2020
What's missing from this dish is 4 ingredients: onions, sweet peppers, all purpose or fish seasoning and some scotch bonnet pepper (remove seeds if you don't like it too hot) for a bit of a kick. That's how it's done it in the Caribbean.
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