Tobago fish broth

“Soup is liquid comfort.” – Author unknown


Saturday is traditionally soup day in many a Caribbean household.  I woke up this morning feeling a little homesick and thought what better way to perk myself up than to bubble up a pot of fish broth like my grandfather used to make.  Now talk about a sweet hand! My granddad is a whiz in the kitchen.  I am hoping to recreate his masterpiece here.

Now back in Tobago we would go down to the beach and watch the fishermen pull in their seines.  My mom would then carefully select the biggest, freshest snapper, grouper and king fish!  I couldn’t quite recreate that experience here in the Cayman Islands but I did manage to meet up with  some fishermen who had just brought in a fresh catch.


I got myself  four of these little  babies and one huge snapper that I plan to bake later in the week.

Fish Broth

What to use

2 snappers

3 Irish potatoes (peeled and cut into thick slices)

1 large carrot (peeled and sliced)

7 small ochros (halved)

2 pimentos (julienned)

4 stalks of chive (diced)

1/2 large onion (diced)

2 or 3 celery stalks (diced)

fish seasoning of your choice

1 lemon

2 tbs olive oil

2 hot peppers (Scotch Bonnet)


salt and black pepper to taste

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 packet of dry vegetable soup mix

What to do

Season fish with seasoning of your choice along with lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Set aside.  Saute onion, celery, pimentos, chive in olive oil  in large pot until tender.  Add a dash of salt and pepper.  When veggies are tender, add potatoes, carrots, ochros and cover with water.  Add a packet of soup mix, stir and let simmer for about five minutes.  Cut snappers in half and add to pot.  Add whole hot peppers.  (For the love of God, don’t let those hot peppers burst in the pot or your tongue will be on fire! lol)  Let cook over medium heat adjusting as necessary.  Stir occasionally.  Add salt and black pepper to taste. When potatoes and carrots are cooked, you’re all done.  Enjoy!

While the fish broth was cooking I couldn’t resist frying up one of the snappers to snack on. It was delicious! Watch out for those pesky little bones though.



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