Jerk Fish with Cucumber Salsa
and plantain chips / pineapple smoothie
The sweet, tangy, spicy marinade in this meal has previously been used to make Jerk Chicken, but the flavors go incredibly well with fish. To keep things simple and warm weather-friendly, we're serving the meal with cooling cucumber salsa and a fresh green pineapple smoothie.
Smarts: Be sure to dice the cucumbers into small pieces so that you'll get a bit of this crunchy salsa in every bite.
- Onions, medium and red - 1/4, diced
- Cucumbers - 12 oz, chopped
- Cilantro leaves - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
- Oil, olive - 2 tsp
- Jalapenos (opt) - 1, sliced
- Jerk seasoning - 1 Tbsp (sub Cajun seasoning)
- Brown sugar - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Fish, any white variety - 1 lb (like tilapia; sub any type of fish including other white fish or salmon)
- Limes - 1/2, wedges
- Plantain chips, store-bought - 6 oz
- Pineapple, frozen - 16 oz
- Baby spinach - 2 oz
- Bananas - 2
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Lime juice - 2 tsp
- Onions / Jalapenos - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Marinate fish - Combine jalapenos, Jerk seasoning, brown sugar, cinnamon, soy sauce, vinegar (portion for fish), and first part of cooking oil. Add fish and turn to coat. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Make cucumbers salsa - Chop cucumbers and cilantro. Toss together onions, cucumbers, cilantro, vinegar (portion for salsa), and olive oil. Let salsa sit for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Limes - Slice into wedges. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Make smoothie - Combine pineapple, spinach, bananas, water, and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more water if needed. Taste and add some honey (not in ingredients list) if you’d like the smoothie sweeter or some more lime juice if you’d like it tarter.
- Remove fish from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper.
- Heat a nonstick pan or skillet with second part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Sear fish on both sides until flaky and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Give cucumber salsa a stir and drain off excess liquid. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Serve fish with cucumber salsa over top and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy with plantain chips and smoothie.
Soooooooo good! Jerk is too spicy for my kids so they ate plain chicken (suckers). Every part of this dish was delicious. My 7 yo smoothie hater even loved the smoothie!0 Helpful
I liked how the flavor profile was unique! I still prefer other flavor profits over this but it was good to mix it up! Served.with kale.chips instead of .plantain chips Used a fraction of jalapeno in marinade. Might have liked it with more but kids..0 Helpful
Good weeknight meal. Plantain chips are now on our snack list!0 Helpful
Liked the cucumber salsa0 Helpful
My jerk seasoning is extremely spicy, so I backed way off the recommended amount. I used mahi mahi and served couscous in place of the plantain chips. It the whole meal was good and easy for a weeknight, but didn't get enough raves to make it a favorite.0 Helpful
Easy and tasty. Loved the salsa, used spicy basil because we had it in the garden. Used Rockfish0 Helpful