Recipes from Dominica: Sancoche

Recipes from Dominica


Country: Dominica
Course: Side
Makes: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1lb salted cod
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 gloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 blades chive, chopped
  • 4 seasoning peppers, sliced*
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp flour (optional)
* In the Caribbean, a "seasoning pepper" is a pepper that is used for flavor rather than heat. But most people living in the Caribbean are fairly tolerant of heat, so to them a "seasoning pepper" is probably still going to have some heat to it. I used red jalapenos, which are fairly mild compared to, say, a habanero.


  1. Wash your salted cod and remove the bones. Cut up into bite sized pieces and boil for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot and saute the onion, garlic, chives and peppers. Add the curry powder and stir until well-mixed.
  3. Continue to cook for three minutes or so, then add the coconut milk, fish and black pepper. Let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. If the sauce is a little too thin, mix the flour with a small amount of water and add that to the pot.