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Monday, October 8, 2007

Callaloo and Saltfish

One favorite dish of mine on a Sunday Morning is some Callaloo and Saltfish (Codfish). Callaloo is very similar to Spinanch. I season it like I would season Collard Greens. To give the dish below a more island flavor I add just a hint of coconut cream to the mixture. Recipe is shown compliments of
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Callaloo plant

Callaloo and Codfish recipe


You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough callaloo and codfish for 4 people:-

Ackee and Saltfish - Ingredients 1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
1/2 lb shredded callaloo
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 whilst waiting for the fish to cook.

Ackee and Saltfish - Chopping the ingredients Wash the Callaloo in a pot of water and drain thoroughly.

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 add the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme. Fry for about 5 minutes.

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 2 Add the callaloo and half a cup of water, cover and steam for 15 minutes

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


Ackee and Saltfish - Serving Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato (collectively known as food).

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Wakela Runen said...

That sounds absolutely delicious! I will have to try it some time. Then again, I love eating Jamaican food, but I am not that great at cooking it.

iriegal said...

Wakela, thanks for stopping by. Traditionally Jamaica has some main ingredients for many of its dishes. I will try to post some real simple ones. Check back often to see if something you like is on the site...

and then try it..HAPPY EATING!!


Retellect said...

What do you think of my method? Its really similar but I focus more on tinned callaloo.