Jamaican Jerk Fish w/ Mango Salsa

jamaican jerk fish mango salsa 68 This is the perfect pairing.

Like wine & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, Timon & Pumbaa, food & my mouth.

You know what I mean.

The freshness of the mango salsa is just the right thing to go with the richness of the jerk seasoning. Jerk seasoning is so deep and complex and I just love it. This recipe makes a small batch that you can store in the fridge pretty much forever. Oh, and I used fish instead of chicken but any protein will do. 

So this is what you need:

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 Those are allspice berries, not peppercorns. Just incase you were wondering. You can use ground allspice but I chose to grind them fresh. Since allspice is one of the main components of jerk seasoning, I wanted its flavor to shine.

This is so easy to make. You basically just throw everything into a food processor/blender and blitz the hell out of it until it’s as smooth as you want it. I like mine pretty smooth but I still wanna see little chunks of the spices.

Add the garlic, green onions and whatever chile you decided to use. 

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 Then add a 1/4 cup of brown sugar, that is the traditional ingredient. If it’s against your religion, or diet or “lifestyle change,” then go ahead and use honey, maple syrup or molasses. 

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 Then you want a 1/4 cup of the allspice as well.

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 Add a tablespoon of thyme. This is actually oregano but if you squint and tilt your head to the side it’s basically thyme. Ahem.

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 A teaspoon of cinnamon:

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 And finally, a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible):

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Blend this mixture while streaming in a tablespoon or two of oil until it emulsifies.

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This is the consistency I ended up with:

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It’s a wet marinade basically.

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Ok, so set the jerk seasoning aside and let’s make the mango salsa. You need mango, of course. Mango has a big seed in the middle so don’t cut it right down the middle.

Here, move over, let me show you.

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Then cut a grid into each mango half and spoon the chunks out into a bowl.

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Now dice and add the red (WTF they’re purple) onions. I’m going to start a petition to change their name from red to purple onion. Right after I take that yoga class I’ve been meaning to try.

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Add some cilantro, the juice of a lime and some S&P.

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Look at you! Making mango salsa and shit. 

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Ok, so let the mango salsa chill in the fridge and by now the oven should be at 400F. 

Spray a lined baking sheet with some nonstick spray. I used the coconut oil kind, it made me feel very Caribbean.

jamaican jerk fish mango salsa 43 Next, coat the fish fillet with a *heaping spoonful* of the jerk seasoning.

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Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until cooked through.

This is how it looks cooked.

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 Mmmmm. So much flavor.

Top it with the salsa and enjoy! Yea mon! Omg whyyy?

Finish it off with a squeeze of lime and it is perfection. It just brightens the whole thing up.

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Hubba hubba. Remember when that was a thing? What’s that? It never was? Hehehe, I know that! That’s what I just said, silly. 

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