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Caribbean Sunrise: Savory Jamaican Delight with Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and Saltfish

About the Dish:

Ackee and Saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish that is popularly consumed for breakfast. It is made with ackee, a fruit native to West Africa, and salted codfish. The ackee fruit is cooked until it resembles scrambled eggs and is then combined with the salted codfish and other ingredients to create a delicious and flavorful dish. This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious. It is rich in protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients. The ackee fruit is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. The salted codfish provides additional protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. Ackee and Saltfish is easy to prepare and can be enjoyed with traditional Jamaican sides such as fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, and roasted breadfruit. It is a dish that is loved by Jamaicans and enjoyed by people all around the world.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
Ackee 1 can
Saltfish (codfish) 1/2 pound
Onion 1 medium, chopped
Tomato 1 medium, chopped
Scotch bonnet pepper 1, seeded and chopped
Garlic cloves 3, minced
Thyme 1 sprig
Black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons
Salt To taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Soak the saltfish overnight or boil it for 15 minutes to remove excess salt. Flake the saltfish into small pieces and set aside.
  • Step 2: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, tomato, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, thyme, and black pepper. Saute until the onions are translucent and fragrant.
  • Step 3: Add the saltfish to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4: Drain the canned ackee and gently rinse with cold water. Add the ackee to the skillet with the saltfish and stir gently to combine.
  • Step 5: Reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet. Let the ackee and saltfish simmer for about 10 minutes. Avoid stirring too much to prevent the ackee from breaking apart.
  • Step 6: Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed. Remove the sprig of thyme before serving.
  • Step 7: Serve hot with traditional Jamaican sides such as fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, or roasted breadfruit.

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