Skip to content

One Fish, Two Fish, Catch Fish, Fry Fish

fish_fry_st_luciaWe have seen red fish and blue fish, sad fish and glad fish, but we have never seen a fish we did not like fried. That is why we got so excited to go to the Friday Night Fish Fry in Saint Lucia. Here the locals serve up all kinds of fish on a platter (yes, even mad fish, though we are not sure what that actually looks like) and we gobble them up. We decided to try our hand at frying fish Caribbean style so we would not always have to go here to there and there to here to indulge ourselves.


Serves 4                                        Total Time: 30 Minutes [10 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cooking]


4 whole red snappers, cleaned and scaled         3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper

3 cups canola oil for frying                                      1 sprig thyme

2 cloves garlic, crushed                                            1 lemon, sliced in half

1 allspice berry, cracked

1/4 Habanero pepper, seeded and minced

1/4 cup white vinegar


1. Pat fish dry. Cut slits on each side of all fish. In a small bowl mix together vinegar, Habanero pepper, allspice, half of the lemon juice, and garlic. Rub seasoning mixture onto both sides of each fish. Let fish sit for 5 minutes in marinade. *

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Carefully pour canola oil into the skillet and continue heating oil for 2-3 minutes or until oil lightly smokes. Place fish in pan and fry for 3-5 minutes or until fish is crisp and browned. When the first side is done, flip your fish and fry on the other side for 3-5 minutes or until other side is also crisp and browned.

3. Remove fish and place on paper towel lined dish. Slice remaining half of lemon and use slices to garnish. Add thyme on top of fish to garnish. Serve with rice and cold beer.

* BT Tip: You can dredge the fish lightly with flour for a crisper and more textured crust.

13 replies »

  1. This looks too divine, I wouldn’t know where to begin. The presentation is so enticing! I certainly hope it tasted as delicious as it looks. I’ve been hankering to do a whole fish meal for quite a while now. And so, many thanks for providing a recipe for what I hope will be a stunning dinner (or breakfast, because I’m quite desperate to have this immediately!).

  2. Breakfast isn’t quite the time to be reading this but I believe I’ve found a recipe I could follow!!! 🙂 (though not sure about where I’d get the peppers) St. Lucia- be still my beating heart 🙂 You don’t have a magic carpet handy, perchance?
    Have a wonderful time and best wishes for 2015.

    • Jo, if you cannot find any habanero peppers, simply using ground black pepper or a little ground cayenne will give you a touch of the spiciness. As for the magic carpet, unfortunately it isn’t in my bag of tricks. What a ride that would be, though. 🙂 A very wonderful holiday season to you and best wishes for the New Year!

  3. Sounds delicious, as usual. And it’s something I can eat. 🙂 I’ve gotta check out your St. Lucia post. I haven’t been there..yet.

Leave a Reply to restlessjo Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Buy My Books
Follow Bespoke Traveler on

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog:

Join 19,286 other subscribers


Thank you for your support. Donate button


Click the envelope below to sign up for the Bespoke Traveler newsletter:

Bespoke Traveler Newsletter





%d bloggers like this: