Want to take the flavor of your fish up a notch?
And I do mean, really AMP it up to the point of your tastebuds standing up and taking notice?
If so, then I’ve discovered the most amazing marinade/seasoning for fish!
After visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands recently, and falling in love with the unique and delicious Caribbean cuisine, I had to find out how . . . as best as I could . . . to replicate some of the extraordinary dishes that we enjoyed on the islands.
So as always, I buy several (well maybe 5 or more) local cuisine cookbooks for vacation souvenirs and anxiously awaited finding the page where I would find something, ANYTHING written about how to prepare Caribbean-spiced fried fish (known as ‘potfish’ — whatever fish on hand is thrown in the pot!).
I found nothing . . . nah dah!
So what next? Search for a recipe on the internet. My search finally came up with what I was looking for.
What I found out about this unique cuisine: The MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT in the Caribbean islands for preparing any fish or meat is something known as ‘green seasoning’ used for marinating food. Since I don’t have local access to some of the unique foods for this recipe, I used the best ingredients I could find to substitute and still make the marinade seasoning taste superb!
Here is a version of what I was looking for:
Lay out all of the very easy to find ingredients; if you have a super-blender, they will puree’ nicely!
Following the instructions for your blender, give everything a short spin to puree’!
Done in just a few seconds, not even a full minute!
The smell is extraordinary . . . to taste it alone is super hot . . . have water on hand . . . this is meant for a marinade and not to eat on its own. Your mouth will burn!
When using for a marinade, you only use about a tablespoon or two of this stuff.
You can freeze the rest in plastic ice cube trays and remove them to place in a plastic freezer bag to use later.
It really makes such a difference in the flavor of fish . . .
My next post will be on the recipe my husband and I prepared using this marinade: Caribbean Fried Red Snapper (also known as ‘Potfish”).
But you have to make this first, which I did the day before.
- 2 cups fresh Cilantro, stems removed
- 2 stalks of celery (with any leaves if possible)
- 12 cloves of garlic, one entire head of large garlic
- 6 green onions
- 1 cup fresh thyme, minced
- ¼ cup water
- One 3-inch long fresh banana pepper or ¼ cup jarred banana peppers
- Wash and trim all ingredients.
- Cut into smaller pieces for easier blending/pureeing process.
- Place in a powerful blender and puree, using a kitchen tool to press the ingredients down through the top hole of the blender to include the unblended ingredients on the top of the blender container (if you have a Vita-Mix such as mine, it comes with a plastic tool to press ingredients down from the hole on top).
- Puree to your preference of liquid -- chunky or more liquid-y.
- Use the amount that you need immediately, as in the "Caribbean Fried Red Snapper Potfish" recipe.
- Freeze the rest of the 'green seasoning' in ice cube trays.
- Once frozen, place in plastic freezer bags to use and enjoy later.
- This green seasoning stays useable after frozen up to 3 months.
- If the color darkens during the frozen state, there is no need to worry, the flavor is still present, the color is simply oxidized and darkened.
Original Recipe can be found on Caribbean Pot blog: http://caribbeanpot.com
This recipe is not my own and I am grateful for "Chris", the author of the Caribbean Pot blog, sharing the recipe.
One final look at our fresh shipped from the Caribbean Red Snapper all dressed up in this beautiful Green Seasoning Marinade!
You’re gonna love it!
The recipe after the next will be how we prepared Fish Tacos with the left-over fish from this 3-pound snapper!