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Jamaica: How to Make Ackee and Saltfish


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City of Surrey, BC



Offered in English.


The Jamaican ackee fruit is the national fruit of the island of Jamaica. When it is combined with saltfish (codfish) it becomes Jamaica's national dish. This is a popular meal and loved by both Jamaicans and tourists alike. This dish is typically served for breakfast, although many people enjoy it throughout the day.

(Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Option Available)


Ackee and Saltfish:

-1 can of ackee

-1/2 pound of saltfish

-1/2 white onion

-1 tsp garlic

-1 tsp thyme

-1/2 red bell pepper

-1/2 yellow bell pepper

-1/2 green bell pepper

-1 scotch bonnet pepper

-1 tbsp cooking oil

-1 avocado (optional)

Jamaican Fried Dumplings:

-3 cups flour

-3 teaspoons baking powder

-1 - 1 1⁄2 cup water

-1⁄2 teaspoon salt

-oil (for frying)


Ackee and Saltfish:

Step 1-

Wash, then boil the salted cod fish to remove some of the salt.

Step 2-

In a saucepan, satay garlic and onion together until it’s soft and translucent. Strain the water off the saltfish and add it to the garlic and onions in the saucepan.

Step 3-

Chop all peppers and add them to the saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and thyme.

Step 4-

Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add ackee and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add pepper to taste.

Step 5-

Serve with avocado and Jamaican fried dumplings. Enjoy!

Jamaican Fried Dumplings:

Step 1-

Mix dry ingredients together.

Step 2-

Add water a little at a time and knead dough. Dough should be soft but not sticky.

Step 3-

Pinch off pieces (golf ball size), roll into a ball and flatten slightly.

Step 4-

Heat oil in pan.

Step 5-

Put each dumpling in pan and fry on each side.

Step 6-

Remove from pan when each side is golden brown.

Be sure to post your cooking results on social media using the hashtag #SurreyFusion and tag @surreybcevents.



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