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Creole Court-Bouillon (Fish in a spicy and flavorful sauce)

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A fish recipe that is common in the Caribbean, Creole Court Bouillon, a tasty and simple recipe that will immediately transport you to the islands without ever leaving your house. Full of flavors from the fresh herbs, and spices

What is a Court-Bouillon

A Court-Bouillon is similar to a Blaff. A Court-Bouillon is a stock containing tomatoes and spices in which fish is cooked. A Blaff is a style of cooking fish or shellfish in water and spices. Although both are similar, the style of cooking is different.

A Creole Court-Bouillon is usually prepared with fresh herbs and spices, the Caribbean way. The fish is marinated with lemon juice and spices for a few hours and then cooked in a tomato and spicy sauce, hence court-bouillon.

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More about Creole Court-Bouillon

In the Caribbean, a Creole Court-Bouillon is prepared to cook red snapper or yellowtail snapper, a favorite of the islanders. My Creole Court-Bouillon recipe serves 4 and prepared with red snapper. About a pound of fish is needed. The fish (singular or plural) should be cut in half or smaller pieces if preferred.

The main ingredient when cooking fish is a lemon. Naturally fish does not require a lot of spices, and it is always better to use fresh herbs and fresh spices. If you can also able to buy fresh fish, it would be a delightful dish to serve your family. You will always want to buy fresh fish after trying out this recipe.

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May I share a little secret with you! It is ok to cheat from time to time, and many of us do it. If you want your Creole Court-Bouillon tasting a little special, add some good Caribbean hot sauce, not the kind that has a lot of vinegar but one that is very tasty and spicy at the same time. Just be careful of the hot peppery taste.

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What’s in the recipe

This recipe only contains common and basic ingredients you can find in most markets. It also fresh ingredients.

My Creole Court-Bouillon can be served with rice, potatoes, or any other type of root vegetables. And don’t forget to add some green leafy vegetables as well to complete this healthy meal.


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Creole Court-Bouillon

The creole court-bouillon is a type of sauce prepared with tomato, fresh spices and fresh herbs to cook fish and is usually served with rice, potatoes, green plantain, yam or other root vegetables. Add a slice of avocado and you have a complete dish from the Caribbean.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Recipe Index
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 145 kcal


  • 1 – 1.5 pounds whole fish
  • 1 lemon/lime or vinegar

For the marinade

  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 2 – 3 whole cloves
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ of a whole hot pepper seeded and membrane removed or 1 teaspoon Pikliz
  • 2-3 tablespoon water

For the court-bouillon

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 to matoes juicy tomatoes, peeled and slice small
  • 1 bouquet garni thyme, chives, parsley
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice


  • Clean the fish with lemon, lime or vinegar. Cut in half or smaller pieces. Rinse and pat dry, squeezing slightly to remove excess water and set aside in a bowl. In a small bowl, mix ingredients for marinade. Stir in marinade with fish, cover and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • In a large pan, on medium high heat, heat oil and sauté onion, tomatoes and bouquet garni. Let mixture cook until it turns a reddish golden color. Add the last crushed garlic and stir. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add fish and marinade to water mixture and let cook on low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the fish.
  • Before the last 5 minutes of cooking and if you find the sauce a bit blend, create a mixture with an additional crushed garlic, salt, pepper, little oil and lemon juice and add to the court-bouillon. Stir well and continue to cook until fish it thoroughly cooked. Add hot Caribbean hot sauce or hot pepper or Pikliz if preferred.
  • Serve hot with additional lemon, preferably.


To obtain a thick mixture use, fresh tomatoes.
To make the court-bouillon, you may use snapper, fresh sardines, bream, goatfish or grouper.
The creole court-bouillon is usually served with rice, potatoes, green plantain, yam or other root vegetables. Add a slice of avocado and you have a complete dish from the Caribbean.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 12mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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