Cou Cou Recipe

It is a tradition in Barbados to eat Flying Fish and Cou Cou; however, you can eat Cou Cou with other fish and meat dishes.

Please find details below on how to make this much loved Barbadian dish.

You will need:

  • A large mixing bowl
  • 2 large saucepans
  • 1 large mixing jug
  • 1lb cornmeal
  • 16oz of cold water
  • 10 Okras or Lady’s fingers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • Fresh herbs
  • 2oz butter


  1. Place the 16oz of cornmeal in a large mixing bowl and add 16oz of cold water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Chop Okra or Lady’s fingers into slices and place in a saucepan, add 1 teaspoon of salt, then chop 1 bulb of garlic into fine slices and add to the Okras, then chop one large onion into fine pieces and add to the saucepan, then chop fresh herbs and add to the pot.
  3. Now add 16oz of water and bring to a boil. When the saucepan is boiling, reduce the heat and allow to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  4. Now strain the liquid from your saucepan into a mixing jug.
  5. In another saucepan, place your soaked cornmeal and half of the liquid from your jug. Stir continuously, adding the remaining liquid from the jug. Continue stirring until cornmeal is cooked all the way through.
  6. Now add the contents of the other saucepan with 2oz of butter.
  7. Mix it all and serve.

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