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Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Dishes
5 Unique Dishes To Try

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Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Dish (Photo: seriouseats.com)Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Dish (Photo: seriouseats.com)

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

By now, you know our national dish, Ackee and Saltfish. You may have even tried or made it, the traditional way by cooking the ackee first and then sauteing it with the pick-up saltfish, onions, peppers and other seasonings. Maybe even had it with some fried dumplings, boiled ground provisions, roast breadfruit or rice and peas, right?


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Well, the other night, I went on a little date, to this cosy seaside restaurant in Priory, St. Ann, pretty close to Ocho Rios. Now the name of this restaurant is Seaside dutchie, yes dutchie as in the pots we Jamaicans use, and to make it even better, they serve all their meals in cute mini dutchies.

They had Ackee and Saltfish Spring Rolls on their menu, and we just had to try them. It was a no-brainer. Plus, I have never seen or heard of it before, so it was definitely a must-have. And let me tell you! It was everything I hoped I would be and more.

I was so inspired that on my way home, I started looking for ackee and saltfish spring roll recipes, and I was pleasantly surprised when I found the recipe and quite a few other unique ways to make ackee and saltfish.

So now I am sharing with you 5 unique recipes for ackee and saltfish.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Wraps Recipe

Ackee and Saltfish Jamaican Wraps (Photo: Morris Time Cooking - Youtube)Ackee and Saltfish Jamaican Wraps (Photo: Morris Time Cooking - Youtube)

INGREDIENTS

  • Precooked ackee and saltfish
  • Fajita wraps

PROCEDURE

  1. Lightly butter your wrap then, wrap your Ackee and saltfish. To do this, place the filling in the centre of the wrap, which should then be covered, tucked under the ackee and saltfish, and rolled up.

  2. To make the final flap stick, add butter to it. After that, toast on all sides then, cut the wrap diagonally down the middle and serve.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Fritters Recipe

Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Fritters | (Photo: Grace Foods)Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Fritters | (Photo: Grace Foods)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pound counter flour
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cooked Ackee, drained and crushed
  • Scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil

PROCEDURE

  1. Sift the flour in a large bowl.

  2. Add onions, diced sweet peppers, Ackee and scotch bonnet pepper, and crushed onions. Mix well.

  3. Add water gradually so that the batter will drop easily from a spoon.

  4. Heat Vegetable Oil in a sizable skillet. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter; fry for five minutes and cook both sides until golden. On absorbent paper, drain.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Pizza Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pre-baked pizza crust
  • 1 cup seasoned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese-shredded
  • 1 ½ cups cooked ackee & saltfish
  • Olive oil

PROCEDURE

  1. Set the oven's temperature to 350°F (180°C).

  2. Place the pizza crust on a sizable pizza pan or nonstick cookie sheet.

  3. Apply olive oil evenly to the crust.

  4. Using a spoon or spatula, cover it with tomato sauce.

  5. Evenly distribute cheese and onions over the sauce.

  6. For 8 minutes, bake without making the cheese melt fully.

  7. Add the cooked ackee and saltfish across the surface of your pizza.

  8. Before cutting, let it cool for two to three minutes.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Spring Rolls Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Prepared ackee and saltfish
  • Spring roll sheets
  • Oil for frying

PROCEDURE

  1. When wrapping, using a thin layer of flour that has been slightly moistened as a sort of glue around the edges is best. The wrap should be spread out, filled, and rolled before being secured with wet flour.

  2. Due to the thinness of the sheets, frying the rolls happens quickly, so it is best to keep an eye on them and turn them as soon as they start to turn brown. Additionally, the quantity of oil makes a difference, so make sure the skillet has enough oil for frying.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Pinwheels Recipe

Jamaican Ackee And Saltfish (Photo: amazingackee.com)Jamaican Ackee And Saltfish (Photo: amazingackee.com)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of crescent dough
  • prepared ackee and saltfish

PROCEDURE

  1. Discard the cylinder and unroll the dough onto a surface that has been lightly dusted with flour.

  2. To combine the cut pieces into one complete sheet, press them together.

  3. Ackee and saltfish should be placed on top of the dough.

  4. Spread evenly; attempt to avoid total smooshing, but some smashing is unavoidable.

  5. Along the short side, roll the dough up.

  6. Once the roll is finished, score 24 pieces. After firming up, slice into pinwheels.

  7. Put the pinwheels on a parchment- or ungreased-surfaced tray.

  8. At 350F, bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

  9. If desired, let cool and serve with a dipping sauce.

There you have it, five super creative ways to use ackee and saltfish. Since most of these recipes require pre-cooked ackee and saltfish, they are a great way to use up leftover ackee and saltfish. Not sure how to make ackee and saltfish from scratch? Go here to view the recipe.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Dishes

  1. Senior, Olive, Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage, 2003
  2. Wallace & Robinson, Creating Jamaica, Our Early Years, Carlong Publishers
  3. Black, Clinton V. History Of Jamaica, 2005
  4. Simpson, Joanne, M. Why Heritage, "A Guide To The Importance Of Our Jamaican Story"
  5. Sherlock, Phillip & Bennett, Hazel, "The Story Of The Jamaican People" (independence)

Ackee And Saltfish Jamaican Dishes | Written: September 16th, 2022

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