Traditional Bajan Recipes

FRIED FLYING FISH-  when eaten with cou-cou is the national dish of Barbados. A truly delicious fish which is also prepared steamed.


  • 1 lb flying fish
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • Juice of large lime
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp fresh minced chives
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • ½ tsp dried marjoram
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornflakes crumbs
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg ( lightly beaten)
  • Oil for pan frying
  • 2 limes quartered for garnish

  • Place fish fillets in a shallow plate or dish, season with 1 tsp salt and lime juice and set aside for 15 minutes.
    Drain and pat fish dry on paper towels. In a small mixing bowl mix garlic, chives, onion, marjoram and hot pepper sauce together. Rub mixture on fillets.
    Mix flour, cayenne pepper,½ tsp salt and black pepper together in a shallow bowl. Dip the fillets in flour, then egg, then cornflakes crumbs.
    Heat oil in a heavy skillet and cook fillets for 3 minutes on each side. Keep fried fillets warm while cooking the remaining fillets.
    Garnish with lime wedges and serve.