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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Rest Time
2 hrs
Total Time
40 mins

Blaff is traditional recipe that is popular in the Caribbean where the fish is poached in its own marinade. It is served with rice pilaf or vegetables.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean, Vincentian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 2 lb cod steaks (snapper or other firm flesh white fish)
  • 4 limes
  • 3 chives
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 whole allspice berries (or 1 teaspoon of ground allspice)
  • 1 clove
  • 5 oz. white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 green hot peppers
  • A few sprigs parsley
  • Salt
  1. Mince the onions and spring onions with the stems. Squeeze the limes. Cut the hot peppers into thin slices. Chop half the parsley.
  2. In a bowl, place all ingredients and mix. Add the cod and drench in the mixture.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for two hours (or more if possible).
  4. Pour the marinade into a large pot. Pour the white wine, water, oil, thyme, salt, allspice and cloves. Dip the fish in the sauce.
  5. Boil this mixture over high heat for 3 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
  6. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes over low heat.
  7. 2 possible options:
    - Serve the fish in the broth
    - Serve the fish separately from the broth and wet fish with broth
  8. Serve with rice pilaf and/or vegetables.