Jamaican Fish Tea
This is not a tea as the name implies. In the strictest sense, this Jamaican fish tea is a light soup or a seasoned fish broth.And some Jamaican men like to drink this fish broth as a result of a perception that they are some kind of "Artical Don" of sorts.
Let me explain, an "Artical Don" is one who is culturally Rastafarian, not necessarily following the religious principles and tenets, but who is very much interested in the diet and other lay practices, such as taking good care of one's "structure" (body).
The difference between fish tea and fish soup is the thickness, or the amount of ingredients that's added to the soup.
Before I go any further, I will reveal a little secret about me. I believe in modernizing some of these Jamaican fish tea recipes because some of them do need a revival and pep, if you will...as fish tea do. Not like the way the old folks made fish tea with the bones in the fish, because back then fish fillet was not affordable...or available for that matter.
So here is my modern fish tea version.
Jamaican Fish Tea:
1 lb Fish Fillet
2 sprig Thyme
1 medium Onion
4 pimento balls (Allspice)
1/2 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Garlic (minced)
3 stalks Scallion
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp. Black Pepper
4 Green Bananas
2 Qt. Water
In a stock pot, add fish, onion, thyme, and salt. Cook the fish for about ten minutes. Mean while wash green bananas and then cut each banana into halves.
Next use a strainer to remove the fish from the pot before the pieces get separated. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, except the butter. Cook for another ten minutes then check to see if the green bananas are soft. If not, wait until they are and then add butter and fish. Simmer for another ten minutes.
Serve in 8 oz cups.
If you would like to make this into fish soup, do not remove the fish from the pot as stated earlier.
And add potatoes, spinners, cooking tomatoes, and noodles to the pot.Nowadays you can get fish soup packets from your favorite Jamaican grocery. Add a pack and enhance the flavor of your Jamaican fish soup.
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