Jamaican Steamed Fish and Okra is a Healthy, Tasty Treat

Among the many delicious Jamaican dishes is the nutritious - and tasty – steamed fish and okra.

It’s protein gold for a bodybuilder or fitness expert and just about anyone can enjoy it.Steamed fish “Steamed fish and okra”

Here’s you can make it easily, according to RoxyChowDown:


4 whole, medium red or yellow tail snappers

2-3 teaspoons salt to taste

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon butter

½ teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper or to taste

5 garlic cloves crushed

1 onion

1 stalk scallion

½ large bell pepper

1 sprig thyme

6 pimento seeds

1 large carrot julienned

pumpkin diced

2 tablespoons fish soup mix

¼ cup coconut milk optional

8-12 okras chopped

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 large Irish potato julienned (optional)

6-8 Jamaican tough water crackers (optional)


Prepare fish by scaling, gutting and washing thoroughly in lime or vinegar water.

Wash and prep your fresh herbs and vegetables then set aside.

In a wide skillet, add butter, cooking oil and curry powder and cook for a minute while stirring. Add chopped onions, garlic, thyme, pimento, scotch bonnet, bell peppers and sauté on medium-high heat for a minute.

Add carrots, Irish potato and cubed pumpkin and evenly spread to form a “bed” for your fish.

Lay the fish on the bed of seasoning and vegetables and add a quarter cup water. Then cover the pot to let steam on medium-high heat for three minutes.

Add another half cup of water and let steam for five minutes.

Check the pot every two minutes to ensure the liquid hasn’t dried out.

Use a large spoon to scoop some liquid and pour over the fish to cook them evenly.

Add three quarters to one pack fish soup mix (to taste) to a cup of coconut milk and stir thoroughly. Add the fish seasoning and coconut milk mix, cover and let cook for 10 mins on low heat.

Add okras and crackers in the last five minutes and let steam.

Serve with your choice of rice, ground provisions, or festivals.