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Grouper Escovitch

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So today’s recipe is really fantastic.  On Easter, Clark Kent took me to The Cracked Conch for a rare brunch date.
Everything we had was delicious but this steamed Grouper Escovitch had me going back for seconds…and thirds.  I politely asked our pal Nina (who is a manager there) if it were at all possible to get a copy of Chef’s recipe.  To my absolute delight, Chef said ‘yes!’
Escovitch Vegetables by Chef Gilbert at The Cracked Conch
You will need

1 carrot

1 yellow onion
½ red pepper
½ green pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1 small bunch of thyme
½ cup of scotch bonnet vinegar (see recipe below)
½ cup rice vinegar
5 tbs of vegetable oil
Salt and Sugar
Scotch bonnet Vinegar
½ onion
½ carrot
2 scotch bonnet
1 cup rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
  • Scotch Bonnet Vinegar: bring the vinegar to the boil add the rest of the ingredients and blend
  • Slice the garlic
  • Peel and slice the carrot and the onion,
  • Remove the seeds of the peppers and slice.
  • Sauté the vegetables in oil for 3 minutes, add the vinegars, salt, 1 pinch of sugar, the thyme and cook for 3 more minutes, it should have a bite still, don’t overcook it.
  • Serve warm with fried or steamed fish.
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  1. Wow, it's really good to get a chef's recipe! 🙂 lucky you

  2. What a rare treat to get this recipe from the chef; licky you and it sounds wonderful.

  3. I've never had grouper before. Would any white fish work?

  4. How kind of that chef to share you the recipe…! It looks delish :)!

  5. What an awesome recipe! And how cool that you get to share it with us!!!

  6. I am incredibly naive, what exactly is escovitch ?

    i love grouper!!! and when chef's share their recipes 🙂

  7. We're picky about fish, but grouper is one of our favorites. If we can find a Scotch Bonnet up in these parts this dish is definitely on this summer's menu. Please thank Chef Gilbert for his generosity with his recipe.

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  10. This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  11. Don't you love it when chefs share? This looks amazing and so summery!

  12. This sounds amazing… especially the scotch bonnet vinegar!!! I'd go back for more too!

  13. scotch bonnet vinegar? AH … NO JOKE! I had something similar in Haiti. I repeat… no joke! 🙂

  14. Lucky for all of us you got the recipe from the chef! Yum. That vinegar sounds absolutely amazing, as does the whole dish. Thanks for sharing!

  15. It looks wonderful. I love it when restaurant chefs share the recipes.

  16. Grouper is so delicious, it's lovely when people share their recipes – lovely post!

  17. looks tasty, love that the chef gave out his recipe!! I would surely be in line behind you going for thirds!!


  18. looks great love fish

  19. I've never heard of this, but I think I will love it!! What a great chef… I can't believe he gave you the recipe!

    I'm copying/pasting .. done! 🙂

  20. I love Grouper. This sounds like a great way to prepare it!!! Great job getting the recipe!

  21. Chef was really nice and kind to give you the recipe. This looks really special and tasty!

  22. Wow, lucky you to get this recipe!!! And lucky us that you're sharing. I love grouper…and this looks like a fun recipe (especially the scotch bonnet vinegar!).

  23. Really looks wonderful and awesome:)
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  24. Whoa, how awesome that the chef gave you the recipe! Maybe I should be bolder sometimes. She who doesn't ask, doesn't receive, right?! 🙂 The scotch bonnet vinegar is really interesting…yum! The whole dish looks amazing!! And can I just say that I'm supremely jealous that you have somewhere to eat that is called The Cracked Conch? Yes. Jealous.

  25. Man that sounds good! That is so awesome that you were able to get the recipe! What an great restaurant 🙂

  26. looks like Clark made a great choice grouper is our favorite here in Florida and as plentiful I am sure as you can get… your so lucky to live there, the best of food keep them coming this is awesome photo's!

  27. Wow! I can't get over how sweet you are to share this amazing recipe with us. I literally memorized the method of making this incredible vinegar. I always keep scotch bonnet peppers in my fridge, and I could hardly wait to make this vinegar. Love it in the veggies. Great side dish for the fish and probably chicken, as well!
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

  28. Yessss. I've been meaning to try and work up to escovitch this summer (escabeche, in my Puerto Rican cookbook). Thanks for paving the way…yours looks delicious, and not-too-tough!

  29. This sounds really delicious and fresh. And very kind of the chef to share the recipe

  30. Escovitch Vegetables sounds too delicious and I love your Scotch bonnet Vinegar it's new to me and very interesting! Thanks to you and Chef Gilbert for sharing such wonderful recipe!

  31. Wow this sounds so neat, I have never had scotch bonnet so I should give this a try! Kudos to you for asking for the recipe! 😉

  32. Looks like a great dish! I'll have to try it solely for the fact that I've never heard of scotch bonnet.

  33. You're so lucky to have a Clark Kent in your life! The grouper sounds fantastic too. I am so excited about the scotch bonnet vinegar. It sounds like that element really “makes” this dish.

  34. Clark Kent took you there huh, love it. Does sound like a great dish, don't see grouper here too often. Will have to keep a look out.

  35. Grouper is one of my favorite favorite fish!! (regardless whether it comes with escovitch label or not, I love 'em all!) I love how your blog always feature fish and seafood stuffs…hehehe, it must be great out there on Cayman yeah?;)

  36. I've never heard of grouper escovitch but it really looks wonderful. Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter brunch!

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