How To: Make Jamaican style ackee and saltfish

Make Jamaican style ackee and saltfish

Tracy shows you how to cook the traditional Jamaican breakfast dish. Follow along in this Jamaican cooking lesson to learn how to make ackee and saltfish. Ackee and saltfish is a very simple dish to prepare.

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

Preparation:
Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt).

Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt).

Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato.

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

Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme for about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and stir-fry for another 10 minutes.

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

Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato.

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