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ackee_and_saltfishJamaican Ackee And Saltfish - With Fried Dumplings

It was an extremely busy holiday season! And yes, food was aplenty!

I had just picked up five (Yes 5) boxes of Jamaican patties for my cousin to take back to Florida, when lo and behold, I ran into this (pictured above), Ackee & Saltfish with fried dumplings freshly prepared over by my uncle's house.

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Of course, I dived into a few dumplings with the Ackee and salt-fish! Yum yum!

And then I thought I'd share the recipe with you, especially since it might be last one for this year!

So here you go! The classic recipe!

Jamaican Ackee And Saltfish Recipe

Serves 3-4 persons.


  • 2 doz ackees
  • 1 lb saltfish (codfish), ideally soaked for 1-2 hours
  • A piece of hot pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter or cooking oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • A few blades of escallion and thyme
  • 1/2 medium sized green pepper
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 2 medium sized tomato


  1. If saltfish was not soaked, gently boil, the cool

  2. Debone, flake and drain saltfish

  3. Clean Ackee pulps, by removing seeds and inner lining; the red membrane

    (Note that if the commercially available canned ackees are used, there is no need for steps 2 and 3)

  4. Wash and put Ackee into hot water and boil for no more than 5 to 8 minutes. The key is to ensure it stays solid/ firm.

  5. Chop onion, tomatos, and saute all seasoning in hot oil or butter for two minutes.

  6. Add flaked saltfish and stir 

  7. Add Ackee to the pot, sprinkle black pepper and simmer for 3 minutes only.

  8. Garnish with pieces of green pepper and tomato.

  9. Serve hot.

Instagram Engagement

By the way, just so you know, I posted this meal on Instagram yesterday and it took off, with a record number of likes! 

Here is the link:

Yeah man, people love dem Ackee And Salfish :-)

I Should Tell You....

  • Ackee and Saltfish is typically had as a breakfast item in Jamaica, although it is also eaten as a dinner item.

  • It is typically served with boiled dumplings, green banana and yam, or fried dumplings (as pictured above), roasted breadfruit, or simply used to sandwich hardough bread.

  • Jamaica's Ackee & Salftish was awarded the 2nd best national dish in the world! This according to a recent National Geographic Report (see reference below)

  • For more on Ackee, please visit my Jamaican Ackee article.

If not yet done, be sure to check out our Mackerel Run Dung recipe

Watch YouTube Video! Here's A Fitting Jamaican Ackee And Saltfish Recipe Video 

It's a bit different from our recipe above, but the essence of it is the same. Watch and enjoy!

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References For Ackee & Saltfish Recipe

  • "National Geographic Ranks Ackee and Salt fish 'Second Best' National Dish",
  • An Adventure in Caribbean Cuisine, Caribbean Association Of Home Economics, 2010

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