Barbados is known for its rich culinary traditions. One popular dish is “Cou Cou and Flying Fish,” which is considered the national dish of Barbados. Here’s a concise recipe for this traditional Barbadian delicacy:


  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups okra, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh thyme (optional)
  • 1 pound flying fish (substitute with any firm white fish if unavailable)
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the okra and cook until tender.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal with 1 cup of water to form a smooth paste.
  3. Gradually add the cornmeal mixture to the pot, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  4. Add milk, onion, garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and thyme (if desired). Stir well.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, clean the flying fish and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Heat a frying pan with oil and cook the fish until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Serve the cou cou alongside the fried flying fish, garnished with lime wedges.

Enjoy this traditional Barbadian meal!



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