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Poisson gros sel - fish recipe

Poisson Gros Sel or Coarse Salt Fish

Poisson Gros Sel or Coarse Salt Fish is a very popular dish in Haiti. As it is a wonderful way to prepare fish, it is also one of the unique ways to appreciate the taste of fresh fish.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 2
Calories 302 kcal


  • 1 Whole fish - about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds or fish filets or 2 small fish
  • 2 Lime - reserve the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Large white onion - sliced reserve 1/4 or the onion for the sauce
  • 2 Scallions - roughly chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of salt sea salt or fleur de del
  • 2 teaspoons of fish bouillon optional if not using, increase the amount of salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 Teaspoon hot pepper - habanero
  • 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shallots - sliced
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon olive oil


  • Remove any additional scales from fish. Clean fish with lime. Gently rinse with cold water, pat dry and put aside in a shallow container. Score fish diagonally 2 - 3 times on both sides if using a whole fish, once for a smaller fish and no scoring for fillets. In a blender or food processor, add all spices with the exception of the shallots and sweet pepper. Add lemon juice. Blend until it forms a paste. Pour marinade over fish, rub paste all over by making sure that fish is well coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove fish from refrigerator and let at room temperature. Heat oil on low setting in a large heavy pan big enough to hold whole fish. Cut fish in half if necessary.
  • Remove fish from marinate and slowly add to pan. Increase heat slightly and let cook 5 - 7 minutes per sides depending on thickness. Transfer fish to a plate.
  • In same pan, add additional oil if necessary, add marinade and let cook down for about 7 to 10 minutes on low heat. Add onion, shallots and sweet pepper. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of hot water depending on the amount of sauce you want. Season with salt and pepper and a few drops of lime of lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Once sauce starts to thickens, return fish to pan and let cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serve fish immediately with a side or of root vegetables or rice or both.


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1180mgPotassium: 514mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1517IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Caribbean Recipes, easy dinner recipe, Easy recipe, fish recipe
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