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Pwason Fri (Fried Fish Haitian style)

If you were looking for a great fried fish recipe, look no more, this is it!!! As I stated in the previous post I was not a huge fish fan but here I am a woman that has changed her mind (typical right? LOL at least for me it’s typical… I admit it LOL).

Anyway this fried fish is so simple to make, I had no idea which is another reason why it took so long for me to get this video up. Please see the video and blog post on how to clean and marinate fish before tackling this dish, I guarantee you can do it, if I can do it, you can do it!!!

Watch me make Pwason fri here:

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Serves: 1-2 people Cooking Time: About 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 marinated red snapper fish
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour (for 1 fish) or ½ cup for 2 fish
  • 1 cup oil

Instructions

1

Add oil to a frying pan on a medium to high flame. Allow oil to get really hot.

2

Dredge fish in flour making sure to coat the entire fish then tap off excess flour.

3

Place fish in frying pan and fry for 5 minutes on each side alternating sides for a total of 20 minutes.

4

Place on a plate lined with paper towel, serve and enjoy!

5

Notes

In case anyone is wondering I used Olive oil to fry this fish.

Dinner/ Seafood

How to make Pwason nan Sos | Fish in sauce

So I finally got this recipe up for you guys!!! The hold up was because I’m not a huge fan of fish but uh, after this recipe along with the fried fish I think my mind might have changed. If you followed my instructions from the previous post on how to clean and marinate fish then making this dish is fairly simple.

I thought I would need to add salt while cooking the fish but I didn’t, it had enough which is why I always say taste your food for salt, everyone has their preference.

Watch the video below to see how I made this dish with the help of my mom of course.

How to make Pwason nan Sos | Fish in sauce

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Serves: 2-3 Cooking Time: About 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 marinated red snapper
  • ½ cup sliced onions
  • ½ cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  • Pinch of clove powder
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • ⅛ cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

1

To a medium sauce pan add marinated fish and marinade from the bowl. Pour water into the bowl to get the rest of the marinade and pour that into the pan as well.

2

Add tomato sauce, hot pepper, thyme, bell peppers, oil, butter, give it a mix, cover and cook for about 15 minutes on a medium to low flame.

3

After 15 mins has elapsed, using a spoon take sauce and put it all over and inside the fish. Add clove powder, onions, mix and cover for another 5 minutes then you're done.

Basics in Haitian Cuisine/ Dinner/ Seafood

How to clean and marinate fish

Finally finally finally it is here… You asked me to show you how I clean and marinate fish and to be honest I actually didn’t know how to do it and I was never a huge fish fan. But because of this journey that I am on I knew I had to do it.

What have I learned about this process?? I got sick while cleaning the fish, the smell of it didn’t agree with my body. During filming I had to put the fish down and take a break from it. When I say sick I mean I was a little nauseous but I didn’t let that stop me, after my break I got back up and finished filming the video so you better appreciate it LOL.

When buying the fish ask them to clean it for you in which they will cut off part of the tail,  the fins, remove 90% of the scales and the guts. Keep in mind that some places will clean the fish better than others, the fish market where my mother and I get fish is really really good at cleaning the fish. That minimizes the time you will spend cleaning it at home.

 

This is how much the fish cost on this particular day, it fluctuates throughout the year… I find it to be pretty expensive, but that’s me LOL.

Watch me clean and marinate fish here:

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Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs red snapper (2 pieces of fish)
  • 2 lemons, reserve the juice of one
  • ½ cup epis
  • 1 bouillon cube, cut into 2 halves
  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • ⅛ cup salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

1

Pour vinegar and salt on top of fish and mix

2

Remove remaining scales with the tip of a small paring knife by scraping across the entire fish if you don't see anything coming off you could be scraping in the direction that the scales are laying, change the direction. When scraping don't be heavy handed to minimize the amount of scales flying everywhere.

3

Remove the remains of the gills and any veins that were left inside where the guts were.

4

Place 3 cuts into each fish on both sides to make 6 in total for each fish. This will ensure that your marinade (epis) gets into the fish.

5

Rinse fish with cold water to remove any remaining scales and blood.

6

Add lemon juice, epis to each fish making sure to push it into the slits and inside the fish. Use one half of a bouillon cube for each fish, crush with fingers and sprinkle on outside and inside of fish. Distribute ½ teaspoon of salt between both fish.

7

Allow to marinate for at least an hour.

Notes

One thing you should take into consideration when venturing out to clean fish is that your hands will definitely smell like fish when you're done. My mom told me to just rub lemon all over my hands and wash with soap like normal; I also saw a YouTube video saying the same thing… my experience was that my hands still smelled like fish after doing that. I say that to say... WEAR GLOVES LOL!

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