Ackee and Saltfish

ackee and saltfish recipe


  • 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


  1. Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt).
  2. Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender).
  3. Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato.
  4. Remove the fish from water and allow to cool.
  5. Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish.
  6. Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme for about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and stir-fry for another 10 minutes.
  8. Add the Ackee and cook until hot throughout. Stir gently to avoid breaking-up the Ackee. Thats it! Serve it up and enjoy!

If you have any modifications to make this recipe more delicious then feel free to leave a comment.

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    I cook ackee and saltfish for my family every Christmas and they love it. Instead of leaving the ackees whole, I crush it up so no one can taste a whole ackee, which usually makes people not like it. I think the taste is improved when the ackees are mashed in.


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