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Unveiling the Flavors of Barbados: Bajan Flying Fish Cutter

Unveiling the Flavors of Barbados: Bajan Flying Fish Cutter

One iconic dish that encapsulates the essence of Bajan gastronomy is the Flying Fish Cutter. This beloved Barbadian sandwich showcases the island's abundant seafood and rich culinary heritage. 

The Flying Fish Cutter holds a special place in Barbadian culinary history. Flying fish, a staple of Barbados' waters, has been a part of Bajan cuisine for centuries. The cutter, a popular street food item, emerged as a convenient and satisfying way to enjoy the island's abundant seafood. With its origins rooted in the local fishing industry, the Flying Fish Cutter has become an iconic symbol of Barbados' cultural and culinary identity.

Let’s get cooking!


For the Flying Fish Cutter:

- 4 fresh flying fish fillets (substitute with other white fish if unavailable)

- 4 Bajan salt bread rolls (can be substituted with any soft rolls)

- 1 onion, thinly sliced

- 1 tomato, sliced

- Lettuce leaves

- Hot pepper sauce (to taste)

- Salt and pepper to season

- Oil for frying

For the Bajan Seasoning:

- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

- 1 teaspoon dried oregano

- 1 teaspoon paprika

- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon onion powder

- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

- Salt to taste


  1. Start by preparing the Bajan seasoning. In a small bowl, combine the thyme, oregano, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if desired), and salt. Mix well to create a flavourful seasoning blend.
  1. Season the flying fish fillets with the Bajan seasoning, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let the fillets marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.
  1. In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the seasoned fish fillets until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Remove them from the pan and set aside on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  1. While the fish is frying, prepare the bread rolls. Slice them in half horizontally, creating a top and bottom bun.
  1. On the bottom bun, layer lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, and thinly sliced onions.
  1. Place a fried fish fillet on top of the vegetable layer. Add a few drops of hot pepper sauce to taste.
  1. Cover the sandwich with the top bun, pressing gently to hold everything together.
  1. Repeat the process for the remaining rolls and fish fillets.


This recipe typically makes 4 Flying Fish Cutters. Serve these flavorful sandwiches as a delightful lunch or dinner option. They can be enjoyed on their own or paired with a side of traditional Bajan side dishes such as macaroni pie, fried plantains, or coleslaw.

Prep Time 

The preparation time for this recipe is approximately 20-30 minutes