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Easy Jamaican Recipes | Ackee And SaltfishEasy Jamaican Recipes | Ackee And Saltfish

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaican dishes are packed with flavour and loved all around the world. Maybe you have been wondering if you could try making some dishes yourself. If so, you definitely can. What makes most Jamaican dishes is the flavour.

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It all amounts to the natural herbs and seasonings we use in our dishes. So to start your journey into making homemade Jamaican dishes, here are seven very easy Jamaican recipes.

Easy Jamaican Recipes

1. Ackee And Saltfish Recipe


  • 1 tin of ackee l lb codfish or 2 dozen ackees
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 green sweet pepper, tiny
  • 2 tomatoes, medium size
  • 2 escallion stalks & Jamaican thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 14 cup black pepper


  1. To reduce sodium, soak codfish in fresh water overnight.
  2. Codfish should be boiled and flaked.
  3. Remove the seeds and the red section from the ackee.
  4. Ackees should be washed and cooked in boiling water until the pulp is soft, then drain.
  5. In a skillet, sautรฉ onion, sweet pepper, thyme, tomatoes, and scallion in cooking oil.
  6. In a skillet, combine flakes codfish and cooked ackee.
  7. Stir in the black pepper.

Served immediately!

2. Jamaican Saltfish Fritters Recipe


  • A quarter pound of salt fish (cod fish)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tomato, medium size
  • 1 onion, medium size
  • 1 lime, tiny (juiced)
  • 1 tiny garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 escallion/thyme stalks
  • 1 teaspoon spicy pepper sauce
  • For frying, use oil.


  1. Soak salted fish for at least 3 hours before shredding and removing skin and bones.
  2. Combine the flour, salt fish, and enough cold water to produce a thick batter the consistency of a pancake.
  3. Mix in the chopped seasonings lightly again.
  4. In a skillet, heat the oil.
  5. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls into the skillet and lightly push or spread with a knife to make thin fritters.
  6. Fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

3. Jamaican Callaloo Recipe

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  • 2 cups callaloo
  • 1 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion
  • Salt
  • thyme
  • ยฝ scotch bonnet pepper
  • margarine/cooking oil
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 2 carrots


  1. Melt margarine or cooking oil in a pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in your ingredients (sliced onions, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper).
  3. Toss your callaloo around in the pot to incorporate it with the other ingredients. Cover and cook for 12 minutes. Your callaloo will begin to shrink as it loses water due to the heat given to the leaves, or "it a spring water," as we Jamaicans say.
  4. Remove the lid and mix in the tomatoes and thinly sliced carrots for another two to three minutes. At this point, keep an eye on it because Callaloo tends to overcook quickly.

4. Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken Recipe

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  • 1 small chicken
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A dash of black pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (or as much as you can handle)
  • 3 stalks scallion
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • ยฝ cup cooking oil of your choice
  • About 5 sprigs of thyme preferably dried
  • 1 tablespoon browning (or molasses)
  • 3 tablespoons soya sauce
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium Irish potatoes
  • 2 cups water


  1. So we begin by removing the skin (if present) and cleaning the chicken.
  2. I propose using lime juice or vinegar in your second wash to tenderise the flesh and, of course, provide a better wash.
  3. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Season with salt, black pepper, soy sauce, browning, or molasses to taste.
  4. Garlic, onion, scallions, thyme, tomatoes, and pepper, chopped (please try and avoid including the seed, unless you would love to see flames coming through your ears).
  5. Add the oil to a heated skillet or Dutch oven.
  6. When the pan is heated enough, add the meat and brown it.
  7. When both sides are done, combine all of the remaining ingredients, along with a cup of water.
  8. Allow to simmer covered, until done.

Jamaican Pumpkin Rice Recipe


  • 2 cups Pumpkin- cut into small cubes
  • 1 lb Long Grain White Rice or brown rice
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk or cream
  • 2 stalks Scallion- chopped into small pieces
  • 2 stalks whole scallion- washed
  • 1 medium Onion- finely diced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic- minced or crushed
  • 2 cups water, vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • Coconut or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pimento- grounded
  • 2 teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper- whole
  • 1/4 Red Crushed Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add vegetable or coconut oil to a pot
  2. Once the oil is heated and your finely diced onions, chopped scallion, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, grated ginger and grounded pimento seeds. Stir for a few minutes.
  3. After stirring for about 2 to 3 minutes, add your diced cubes of pumpkin and stir in for another 2 minutes.
  4. The next step is to add the water or broth of your choice. Allow the pumpkin chunks to simmer until tender, and covered.
  5. Once the pumpkins are nice and soft, add your coconut milk or cream, whole stalks of scallion, butter, thyme and a whole scotch bonnet pepper. Cover and bring to a boil.
  6. The next step is to add your rice, then stir and cover for 20 to 30 minutes to finish cooking.

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe

Easy Jamaican Recipes | Steamed CabbageEasy Jamaican Recipes | Steamed Cabbage


  • 1 whole medium cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Onion
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Scotch bonnet pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Butter


  1. Chop all vegetables and herbs.
  2. Add butter to a skillet, once melted add all herbs seasonings and carrots to the pot then allow to sweat for around 3 minutes.
  3. Add cabbage and cover over low heat. If necessary add a few tablespoons of water if it begins to dry out before it has gotten soft.

Jamaican Escoveitched Fish Recipe

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  • 2 lbs whole or sliced fish
  • ยฝ cup cooking oil
  • 4 tbs fish seasoning
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 whole black pepper
  • 2 whole lime or lemon or ยผ cup vinegar
  • 3 medium-sized carrots, julienned
  • 2 large onions cut into rings
  • 3 scotch bonnet or hot pepper cut in rings
  • 6 pimento berries


  1. Clean and wash fish with lime juice, then season and set aside.
  2. To make the sauce in a saucepan, combine the oil, vinegar, carrot, onion, pepper, and pimento. Cook carrot and onion until tender.
  3. Fry fish on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Once done place fish in a dish then pour the escovitch sauce over them. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes before eating.

So there you have it. Seven of the easiest Jamaican dishes to prepare. Do you know whatโ€™s great? These can all be ready within 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Easy Jamaican Recipes | Written: August 15th, 2022

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