Ackee & Saltfish Recipe

Ackee & Saltfish just might be my favorite food. I’m not saying that just because it happens to be the national food of my birthland, Jamaica.  I love Ackee and saltfish with rice, dumpling, food, roast breadfruit, hardough bread, well you get the idea… Ackee which hails from West Africa has a creamy texture and bland flavor. I like to think of it as a blank slate. Many people compare it to scrambled egg but I am sure that has more to do with appearance than flavor.  To make Ackee & Saltfish the fruit (ackee is a fruit) is combined with dried salted fish, fresh herbs and veggies to make a tasty entree that makes a perfect breakfast,lunch or dinner. Ackee & saltfish is delicious served with a wide variety of side dishes like boiled ground provisions, dumplings, rice or veggies.

saltfish can be bought in bonless or bone-in varieties at grocery stores where Caribbean or Hispanic foods are sold. When preparing saltfish some of the salt should be cooked out of the fish before combining it with other ingredients. To do this, place the fish in a pot of boiling water and let if cook for 10 minutes. Taste a small piece of the fish for saltiness. If it is too salty discard the water, add fresh water to the fish and boil for an additional 5 minutes


cooked ackee


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Ackee & Saltfish Recipe

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Can of ackee, drained, about 3 doz seeds
  • ¼ lb. boneless salt fish
  • 3 TB oil
  • 1 med. onion, sliced
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • ¼ hot pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 sm. tomato, chopped ,optional
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 sm bell pepper, optional


To remove excess salt from the fish, cover with water and boil for about 10 minutes over med-high heat. Drain water and repeat process. After the 2nd boil, let the fish sit in cold water for about 5 minutes before handling. If using bone-in saltfish. Remove skin and large bones before flaking fish. Use a fork to flake the fish.

Cuisine: Jamaican | Recipe Type: Fish


If you are lucky enough to get fresh ackee. To cook ackee add to water with saltfish during last 7 minutes of cooking. The ackee color will change from light to dark yellow. When cooked ackee will pierce easily with a fork and may begin to fall apart in the water. Use a slotted spoon to remove the ackee from the water.


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