Recipes from The British Virgin Islands: Fish and Fungi

Recipes from The British Virgin Islands

Fish and Fungi

Country: British Virgin Islands
Course: Main
Makes: 4 servings

For the fish:

  • 2 1/4 pounds fish, scaled and gutted
  • 1/2 tsp Accent*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp margarine
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 4 1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 lime, sliced

For the fungi:

  • 5 ounces package frozen cut okra
  • 3/4 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste


  1. To make the fish, put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, simmering for 20 to 30 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Garnish with sliced lime.
  2. To make the fungi, bring the water to a boil and add the frozen okra.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend 2 tbsp of the cornmeal with about 6 tbsp water. Pour into the pot with the boiling water and okra and let cook for one minute.
  4. Slowly pour the rest of the cornmeal into the pan, stirring constantly. Add the butter and salt and pepper, continuing to cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot.