Fish tea
Fish soup with reef fish and coconut milk
Main ingredientsyam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes, green bananas, coconut milk
A fish tea shack at Winifred Beach in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Fish tea is a spicy soup in Caribbean cuisine and Jamaican cuisine. It is similar to a fish bouillon and can take several hours to prepare. It includes ground yam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes and green bananas, cooked until very soft. As much as 15 pounds of fish is added to make five gallons.[1] Carrots and cho–cho can also be added. It is flavored with coconut milk and seasoned with various ingredients that may include black pepper, salt, thyme, butter, scallion and season–all."[1][2]

Fish tea is similar to traditional "rundown", but instead of chunks the ingredients are boiled until they are in a "soupy liquid form".[1] Some believe it to be an aphrodisiac and it is associated with various legends and rumors:

According to a Cayman Islands publication "those who taste the fish tea always seem to come back for more."[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Fish Tea Cookoff a big part of East End Surf Challenge Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine 10 January 2006 Camanian Compass
  2. ^ a b Alan Ebanks Surfers find it tea–licious Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine 13 January 2009 Cay Compass