Caribbean-style fried fish recipe

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Easy to make and just 325 calories per serving - this Caribbean-style fried fish serves two...

  • healthy
Cost RangeNot
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories325 Kcal16%
Fat20 g29%
Saturated Fat3g g15%

Flavour-coated sea bass with a golden crumb. Infused with lemon, garlic, onion, spring onions, bonnet pepper, coriander, and ground pepper.

This recipe serves two and makes a delicious alternative to classic breadcrumbed or battered fish. We've used sea bass in this recipe, but you can use other white fish too such as cod or sea bream. The delicious, flavoursome crumb has a punch of spice thanks to the fresh chilies. 


  • 2 fish fillets of your choice (we used sea bass)
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ small onion, peeled
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed
  • ½ Scotch bonnet pepper or 1 red chilli (Hassrah uses Scotch bonnet peppers, a really hot type of chilli, but ordinary red chillies are just as good)
  • 4-6 stems fresh coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil, for frying
  • Plain flour, for dusting
  • Toasted bread, to serve




  1. Wash the fish and pat it dry with absorbent kitchen paper. Squeeze a few drops of lemon or lime juice on to the flesh.
  2. Place the garlic, onion, spring onion, Scotch bonnet (or chilli), coriander and seasoning into a small blender and purée to a paste. Spread over the fish and leave it to marinate for at least 15 mins.
  3. Heat some oil in a frying pan. Put some plain flour in a bowl and dip the fish in it. Place the fish in the hot oil, without overcrowding the pan. Fry the fish on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove the fish from the pan and place on absorbent kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
  5. Serve fish with toasted bread. Delicious! (Not suitable for freezing).

Top tips for making Caribbean-style fried fish

If using frozen fish, celebrity chef James Martin suggests thawing them in milk to absorb the 'frozen' taste and add a 'fresh caught' taste.

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