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By Jeané Neal

For Lent, I decided I wanted to give up meat. I’m not a big fan of beef, although I’ll indulge in a burger or Taco Tuesdays once in a while. However, chicken or anything with bacon makes me weak, BIG TIME! It’s only for 40 days so it shouldn’t be too bad. It’s always good to try new things and my “feng shui” could use a little bit of tweaking.

I have been looking for some variety since tuna sandwiches and grilled fish is getting old already. I decided to challenge myself so I’m going to attempt to make escovich fish all by myself!

Escovich fish is a traditional Jamaican dish, which has a spicy or mild (depending on your palate) onion pepper sauce. You can eat it with sides like bammy, festival, salad, hard dough bread or even rice and peas. Wish me luck.

I’ll post pictures when it’s all done!

You Will Need:

Whole fish of your choice (I prefer snapper or tilapia, but traditionally goat fish is used)
Black pepper and salt to taste
1/2 white onion (sliced)
1/2 carrot (thinly sliced)
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper (seeded and minced)
**If you are not a fan of spice skip pepper or start off small**
1/8 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon of water
3/4 tablespoon of salt
Pinch of brown sugar

Directions

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

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place fish in the pan and fry until golden brown and crisp. Remove fish and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

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

Serve fish topped with onion mixture spooned over the top.

Joie De Vivre <3

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