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How To Make Ackee And SaltFish?

    Ackee and Saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica, and it combines ackee, a unique fruit, with salted codfish. Here’s a simple recipe for making Ackee and Saltfish:


    • 1 lb salted codfish
    • 2 cans (or about 2 cups) ackee, drained and rinsed
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 bell pepper (ideally green or red), thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 sprigs thyme
    • 2-3 scallions, chopped
    • 1-2 Scotch bonnet peppers, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • Black pepper, to taste
    • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
    • Cooked rice, bread, or fried plantains, for serving


    1. Prepare the Salted Codfish:
      • Rinse the salted codfish under cold water to remove excess salt. Then, soak the codfish in water for several hours or overnight, changing the water a few times. This helps to rehydrate the fish and reduce its saltiness. Once soaked, shred or flake the codfish into bite-sized pieces.
    2. Cook the Codfish:
      • In a pot, boil the codfish in water for about 15-20 minutes or until it is fully cooked and tender. Drain the water and set aside.
    3. Sauté Aromatics:
      • In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the sliced onions, minced garlic, and bell pepper until they are softened.
    4. Add Tomatoes and Thyme:
      • Add the chopped tomatoes and thyme to the skillet. Cook until the tomatoes break down and the mixture becomes somewhat thick.
    5. Add Codfish:
      • Add the boiled and shredded codfish to the skillet. Mix well with the sautéed vegetables.
    6. Add Ackee:
      • Gently fold in the drained and rinsed ackee. Be careful not to over-stir to avoid breaking up the ackee.
    7. Season and Simmer:
      • Season the mixture with black pepper and add the chopped Scotch bonnet peppers for heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    8. Add Scallions and Butter:
      • Add the chopped scallions and butter (if using) to the skillet. Stir to combine and let it cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    9. Adjust Seasoning:
      • Taste the Ackee and Saltfish and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    10. Serve:
      • Serve the Ackee and Saltfish hot, accompanied by cooked rice, bread, or fried plantains.

    Enjoy this flavorful and iconic Jamaican dish! Ackee and Saltfish is often served as a breakfast dish but can be enjoyed at any time of the day

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