Seafood Recipes

Chef Noel Cunningham Escovitch Fish and Bammy Bites

“Jamaican Escovitch Fish is a dish where fried fish is topped with a spicy sauce and pickled vegetable medley. It is usually served with bread, festival or bammies. This is one of my favourite dishes to eat and also make.  And since we’re in the season of finger food, I thought it fitting to recreate this traditional dish into something a bit fancier, that you could have in just one or two bites. It pairs perfectly with a cold, Red Stripe beer.” Chef Noel Cunningham, Cuisine by Noel


  • 1 lb fish fillet
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 pimento berries
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeds removed
  • 3 bammies


To prepare fish, rinse well. Cut fillet into bite-sized pieces and pat dry with paper towels.

Season fish with salt and pepper then dredge in flour, lightly dusting off the excess flour. Deep fry fish over high heat.

Once cooked, remove from heat and place on a plate lined with paper towel to allow the oil to drain.

Cut bammies into 4 medium squares and soak in the coconut milk for 10 minutes. While the bammies are soaking, heat a frying pan and fill it up to ½-inch high with vegetable oil. Once hot enough, fry the bammies until golden brown.

Remove from heat and place on a plate lined with paper towels to allow any excess oil to drain.

Make the pickle: in a frying pan sauté all the vegetables with 2 tablespoons of oil then add vinegar; leave to reduce then add sugar and pimento berries.

To serve, place fish on top of bammies, then top with escovitch pickle and enjoy.

About the author

Chef Noel Cunningham

Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist.

He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.