Guest Post – Saltfish and Ackee

No, that isn’t a comedy team, it’s a recipe. As promised, Alexander Charlemont is here today with a Jamaican vegetarian dish. He explains what Saltfish is, but not Ackee. So here’s a link telling about Ackee. You’re welcome.

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Ackee and SaltfishToday, Marian was gracious enough to allow me to do a guest post for you guys, and I thought there would be nothing more appropriate than to share with you Jamaica’s national dish! Ackee and Saltfish.
Saltfish is what we in Jamaica call ‘Cod fish’. Now if fish isn’t apart of your diet as a vegetarian, that’s ok! All you have to do is take out the fish and make Ackee!
Without further ado, Ackee and Saltfish [Codfish]:

Ackee & Salt Fish

  • ½ lb cod fish
  • 1 dozen ackees
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ scotch bonnet pepper


1.       Set cod fish to soak in two quarts cold water for three hours. Flake salt fish to remove the bones and set aside

2.       Boil ackees until firm and discard water

3.       Heat oil and sauté’ onions

4.       Toss in ackee and stir in tomatoes and Scotch bonnet pepper

5.       Serve with roasted breadfruit

I hope you guys enjoy this dish! It’s usually served for breakfast but really any time of the day is good!

One Love,

Alexander Charlemont

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Thank you, Alexander! I hope you’ll visit again, sometime. 🙂

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One thought on “Guest Post – Saltfish and Ackee

  1. Jane

    December 27, 2012 at 9:35am

    The Caribbean is a strange and mysterious place. Recipes are welcome!
    Thanks, sir.

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