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Thursday, September 20, 2007

ackee and saltfish

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica's National Dish. I don't think you can go anywhere on the island that they do not cook it. I remember speaking to someone who claimed they did not like Ackee. It was like "WHAT?" you don't like Ackee? Somehow that was foreign to me.

Served with some fried dumplings, yummy.

The following recipe is from

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe


You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough ackee and saltfish for 4 people:-

Ackee and Saltfish - Ingredients 1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
12 fresh ackees or 1 (drained) can of tinned ackees
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp of butter
1/2 a hot chilli pepper (ideally Scotch Bonnet)
1 sweet pepper
1 chopped tomato
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

Optional ingredients:-
2 cloves of garlic
4 Scallion (or spring onions)
6 Slices of bacon


Ackee and Saltfish - Soaking the fish Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt)

Ackee and Saltfish - Cooking the fish Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender).

Ackee and Saltfish - Chopping the ingredients Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato.

Ackee and Saltfish - Preparing the fish Remove the fish from water and allow to cool.
Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish.


Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 1 Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme for about 3 minutes.

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 2 Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and stir-fry for another 10 minutes

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 3 Add the Ackee and cook until hot throughout. Stir gently to avoid breaking-up the Ackee


Ackee and Saltfish - Serving Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato

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1 comment:

Ackee & Saltfish said...

Ahhhh a definite staple for me!!! I could eat it any time a day! I hate when I'm back home and have to eat canned ackee, its so much better fresh off the tree.