Visiting Barbados? I won’t be the first to tell you –you will eat flying fish at some point there. Didn’t sound too appetizing, considering how unnerving those critters can be flapping their way across the surface of water. Always creeped me out. Until I met one… battered and fried, with a side of Bajan Macaroni Pie and rice.
We spent a week on Barbados, departed Christmas night to lessen crowds and layover issues. From California, it’s a long haul, but we made up for it, aaaah. They make rum there, by the way.
If you wander around different “larger” towns you cannot miss an open air fish market; stand after stand, locals cleaning flying fish for market. Restaurants, cruise ship executive chefs, sandwich stands and regular folks all find their seafood there.
Flying Fish Sandwiches are the fast food version – toast some bread and add a dressing plus a little shredded lettuce. Just as good. To obtain this official recipe, I admit to cheating. I photographed a dish towel in a gift shop. Didn’t buy the towel, sorry.
What, you say?? No flying fish in your local store? Try any thin, light fish filet (tilapia comes to mind).
Flying Fish Barbados Style
- 8 flying fish fillets
- 1 small onion grated
- 1 small green pepper chopped
- 1 blade chives, chopped
- Thyme and parsley
- Salt and pepper
- Few drops of lime juice
- 1 egg beaten
- Oil for frying
- 2 limes, wedged
Mix the seasoning ingredients and spread over the meaty side of the fish. Leave for about 1 hour. Dip the fish into the beaten egg and then into the breadcrumbs. Fry gently in a little oil for about 10 minutes. Serve with wedges of lime. Feeds 4 to 6.