Bahamian Boil’ Fish

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Bahamian Boil’ Fish

Bahamian Boil’ Fish is a quick and easy breakfast dish typically made with a whole grouper simmered in celery, onions, potatoes, and spices and served with a side of grits. This dish is enjoyed year-round at large family gatherings and after church on Sundays, but is especially popular during Easter and Christmas.


  • 2 lbs grouper, with the bone (or other White Fish)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1-2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • ¼ goat pepper, scotch bonnet, or habanero pepper
  • ½ lb potatoes, peeled and thickly cubed


  1. Season the fish with the lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot over high heat, combine two cups of water, the yellow onions, celery, garlic, thyme, butter, cloves, pepper, and the potatoes. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are almost done (just tender enough to push a fork through without breaking them).
  3. Add more water if necessary. Add the fish with its juices and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the fish begins to flake off the bone.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve hot with a side of grits or Johnny Cake.


  • Add a little cabbage along with the vegetables if desired, or 2 sliced ripe plantains for some sweetness.

Adapted from Tru Bahamian Food Tours