The dual island of St. Kitts and Nevis offers one of the tastiest national dishes in the Caribbean: stewed fish and dumplings. The dish typically has seasoned breadfruit and plantains alongside it.

Beyond the fantastic seafood, the vegetables and fruits are equally great. Part of the reason for this is the volcanic soil and fertile coastline.

Here’s a rundown of this delicious dish.

A Rich, Culinary History

The earliest known inhabitants of St. Kitts and Nevis were the Tainos and the Kalinagos. The Spanish, the British and French took control at various periods. Then, there’s the tragic legacy of slavery, which also impacted the culinary landscape.

According to The Caribbean Melting Pot, “the frequent change in colonialism between the British and French, along with the presence of African slaves, are responsible for the diverse culinary practices.” Salted fish and dumplings is just one example.

The coconut dumplings and the plantains add a subtle sweetness to a mostly savory dish. The saltfish is prepared in the same way Jamaicans do it, but without the ackee mixed in.

Where To Eat This Dish

You’ll find stewed fish and dumplings everywhere from humble eateries to posh restaurants. El Fredo’s in Basseterre is a beloved, down to earth restaurant. The menu rotates, but the quality of the food gets consistently high marks.

In Nevis, past guests give high marks to Rodney’s Cuisine. This restaurant offers a no frills, quality dining experience, and the portions are generous.