A wooden table topped with a bowl of fish soup with halves peppers, herbs and lime wedges

Barbudian fish wata

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Wata is a light fish soup from Barbuda, the small sister island of Antigua – it’s flavoured with earthy green seasoning, fiery scotch bonnet and zingy ginger. This recipe comes from Brixton restaurant, Caribe’


This recipe for Barbudian fish wata comes from Brixton restaurant, Caribe’. Also try their recipes for Trinidadian pelau, Trinidadian curry shrimp and a Black Mout Montserrat cocktail.



  • whole snapper or sea bream 2, cleaned, gutted, descaled and cut into 3-4 pieces (keep the heads and tails)
  • limes 2, 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges
  • green seasoning 3 tbsp
  • whole black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
  • fish stock 1 litre
  • thyme a few sprigs
  • scotch bonnet 1, left whole
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
ginger a thumb-sized piece, peeled and finely grated
  • spring onions 3, finely sliced
  • bay leaves a few
  • pimento seeds (allspice) 1 tsp
  • tomato 1 medium, diced
  • potato 1 medium (about 200g)
  • green banana 1
  • carrots 2 (about 200g)
  • okra 5, sliced
  • butter 1-2 tbsp
  • coriander chopped to make 1 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Put the fish in a large bowl and cover in the lime juice. Toss to combine, then rinse well with cold water. Transfer to a clean, large bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the green seasoning, 2 tsp of salt and the pepper. Mix to coat the fish, then leave to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.

  • Step 2

    For the soup base, pour the stock into a pan with the remaining green seasoning, the thyme, scotch bonnet, garlic, ginger, spring onions, bay, pimento and tomato. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook while you prepare the ground provisions.

  • Step 3

    Peel and dice the potato, green banana and carrots, ensuring everything is about the same size so it cooks evenly. Add the veg to the broth and cook for 5 minutes until starting to soften.

  • Step 4

    Add the fish and all the left-over marinade from the bowl. Cook for a further 5-8 minutes. In the final few minutes, add the okra and butter. Once the okra is tender, the fish wata is ready. Serve hot, topped with the coriander, and lime wedges on the side for squeezing over.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 500
  • Fat 13.8g
  • Saturates 6.7g
  • Carbs 38.5g
  • Sugars 19.2g
  • Fibre 13g
  • Protein 48.8g
  • Salt 6g