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, whatever it’s served with I’m eating.
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, cook the yellow fruit in water and then combine it with salt fish that has been cooked and flaked. The dish is then seasoned with, fresh herbs and black pepper or hot pepper or both to make a tasty entree that’s perfect any time of day. An ackee & saltfish recipe appears at the bottom of this post.