Goat water

Goat Water
Type Stew
Place of origin Montserrat
Region or state Caribbean
Main ingredients Goat meat, Breadfruit[1]
Variations Meat
Cookbook: Goat Water  Media: Goat Water

Goat water, also referred to as kiddy stew,[2] is a stew that is a part of the national cuisine of the Caribbean island of Montserrat[3] It has been described as a national dish of Montserrat.[4][5][6] It has also been described as a national stew.[7]

Goat water is prepared using goat meat, breadfruit, vegetables, onion, tomato, spices and herbs and flour.[8][9] Additional ingredients may also be used, such as rum, whiskey and various tubers.[2][10] It is sometimes served with rice.[11] The dish has been described as spicy and flavorful.


Goat water may have originated in Ireland from an Irish recipe.[2][8][12] The dish has been described as an "adaptation of Irish stew" that uses goat meat in place of beef.[13]


In the past goat water was referred to as kiddy stew.[2]

See also


  1. "Goat Water - Recipe - CaribbeanChoice". caribbeanchoice.com. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Associated Press (August 27, 1969). "Goat Water is Featured in Montserrat Cookbook". Reading Eagle. p. 29. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. "Montserrat — Food and Restaurants". iexplore.com. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. "Islands Magazine". March–April 1995. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  5. Planet, L.; Berkmoes, R.V.; Grosberg, M.; Masters, T.; Matchar, E.; Presser, B.; Sainsbury, B.; Schulte-Peevers, A.; Thomas, P.; Zimmerman, K. (2011). Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands. Travel Guide. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 1293. ISBN 978-1-74220-682-0. Goat water, Montserrat's national dish, is far more loved than its dubious sounding name would suggest.
  6. Fergus, H. (2011). Tongues On Fire: A History of the Pentecostal Movement of Montserrat. Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies. p. 58. ISBN 978-976-95223-3-6.
  7. Skinner, J.; Skinner, J. (2004). Before the volcano: reverberations of identity on Montserrat. Arawak. p. 143. ISBN 978-976-8189-21-9.
  8. 1 2 Coogan, T.P. (2002). Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora. St. Martin's Press. p. 576. ISBN 978-1-4039-6014-6.
  9. Saturday; Canty, Brian (October 24, 2015). "Island life on Caribbean island of Nevis". Irish Examiner. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  10. Fodor's Antigua & Montserrat. Full-color Travel Guide. Fodor's Travel Publications. 2010. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-307-92804-7. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  11. Prospere, I.S. (2009). Memories of Montserrat. Trafford Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4269-7707-7.
  12. Fergus, H.A. (1983). Montserrat, Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Macmillan Caribbean guides. MacMillan Caribbean. ISBN 978-0-333-35829-0. Anthropologist John Messenger has no doubt that 'goat water' is Irish in origin because, in 1965, an aged Connemara housewife gave his wife a recipe identical to the delicious Montserrat pottage. Racial and religious persecution was ...
  13. Showker, K.; Brennan, M. (2008). Caribbean Ports of Call: Eastern and Southern Regions: A Guide for Today's Cruise Passengers. CARIBBEAN PORTS OF CALL: EASTERN AND SOUTHERN REGIONS. Globe Pequot Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7627-4538-8.
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