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Le cari de poisson de papa

Making the most of my 79 year old dad right now in Reunion, and most importantly his culinary knowledge. This is a classic of Reunion cuisine and so easy to make too. My father used a tropical fish called "poisson ananas" that we find here in Reunion island. But you can use bass or cod that are quite meaty and will hold their shape in the broth.


This recipe will serve 4 people

Two big whole sea bass, (ask your fish monger to cut the fish into big chunks, keeping the head)

One whole garlic

Chillies (depending on your taste buds as much or as little as you like) 

One whole onion

1/2 tsp turmeric

Ginger (the size of a table spoon) 

Fresh Thyme

A tin of chopped tomatoes 

Vegetable oil


First, crush your garlic, ginger and chilli into a paste. In a pan, add a tbsp of vegetable oil (not olive oil, it doesn’t work with this recipe). Start by adding your onions and thyme, stir until the onions become translucent. Then add your garlic, your ginger and your chilli paste and stir again for a minute then add your turmeric and your tomatoes. Stir and let this lovely sauce simmer for 30 minutes, then add your fish chunks including the head (it gives flavour to the fish stew) and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring after 5. That’s it. Before serving, remove the heads, then add some chopped fresh parsley. In Reunion, we tend to serve it with plain Basmati rice. Delicious! Et voilà!

Bon appétit!


You can watch my dad making his cari on YouTube