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Run Down Recipe



  • 1 lbs/500g mackerel or other small fish
  • 900ml/ 1 1/2pints coconut milk
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli, and finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lime juice

How To Make Run Down:

  1. Clean and scale the mackerel(fish) and then remove the bones and fillet them. put them in a bowl and pour the lime juice over the top. Set aside in a cool place.

  2. Pour the coconut milk into a deep, heavy-based frying pan. Bring the coconut milk to a boil and continue boiling for about 15 minute, until it becomes oily.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, green peppers and chilli and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until the onion is softened but not brown. Add the tomatoes, thyme, chives and vinegar and stir well. Cook gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Season to taste.
  4. Add the marinated mackerel fillets and lime juice, and continue cooking gently until the fish is cooked and tender. Serve with fried bananas as a first course.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

Recipe published in Hamlyn Essential Caribbean: Step-by-step Recipes with Style

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