Ackee and Saltfish
About the Dish:
Ackee and Saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish that is commonly enjoyed as a breakfast meal. It is made with ackee fruit and salted codfish, along with various seasonings and spices. The ackee fruit has a unique texture and taste, similar to scrambled eggs. When combined with the salted codfish, it creates a flavorful and satisfying dish.
|Ackee fruit||2 cups|
|Salted codfish||1 pound|
|Onion||1 medium, diced|
|Scotch bonnet pepper||1, diced|
|Garlic||2 cloves, minced|
|Thyme||1 teaspoon, chopped|
|Black pepper||1 teaspoon|
|Vegetable oil||2 tablespoons|
- Step 1: Rinse the salted codfish under cold water to remove any excess salt. Then, place it in a pot with enough water to cover it. Bring the water to a boil and let the fish simmer for about 20 minutes to remove the remaining salt. Drain the fish and set it aside.
- Step 2: In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, scotch bonnet pepper, tomato, garlic, thyme, and black pepper. Sauté the mixture for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent and the tomatoes have softened.
- Step 3: Break the salted codfish into small pieces and add it to the skillet. Stir the fish into the onion and tomato mixture, coating it with the flavors. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Step 4: Add the ackee fruit to the skillet along with 1/4 cup of water. Gently stir everything together to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet. Let the ackee and saltfish cook for about 10 minutes until the ackee is tender and fully cooked.
- Step 5: Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool slightly before serving. Ackee and saltfish is typically served with boiled green bananas, yams, or dumplings. Enjoy!