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Mouth-Watering Jamaican Mackerel Rundown
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Traditionally a delicacy with roasted breadfruit, boiled green bananas or flour dumplings, Jamaican mackerel rundown remains a favourite to us for generations.

And today, as part of my Jamaican recipe reviews, I'll share this simple,
budget-friendly, but impressively tasty Jamaican recipe with you.

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But just before, I must indicate to you that, like all other recipes, there are various versions; you know persons add or minus some things along the way, right? But this one has all the key ingredients.

From my recollection, the ingredients which differ across recipes are, lime juice vs vinegar, margarine, tomato and pimento.

But among them all, I came, up with this is MY version, the best :-)
How do I know that?

The kids test! They love it!
I've prepared it at least once per week over the last 2 months.

Now here is it, go and impress YOUR love ones too! :-)

Mackerel Rundown Recipe


  • 1 pound mackerel
  • 2 tablespoon juice of fresh lime
  • 3 cups coconut milk (or the juice from 1 large coconut)
  • 1 large onion,
  • 2 sprigs of escallion and thyme
  • 1/2 doz pimento grains, crushed.
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed.
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 table spoon vinegar
  • A few strips of sweet pepper (to garnish)


  1. Soak salt mackerel for at least 3 hours in water to remove excess salt.
  2. Scald for about 10 minutes, then remove from water.
  3. Pour over lime juice and set aside
  4. Boil the coconut milk over medium heat, stirring intermittently until the custard appears and begin to form.
  5. Add mackerel, pimento powder and garlic and lower flame
  6. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes
  7. Cut up/ dice the onion, escallion and, with remaining spices, add to the pot.
  8. Simmer gently for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove and serve hot.

I Should Tell You....

  • Today, coconut milk is conveniently sold in powdered form in sachets, but I always recommend the original, the 'good ole' coconut first- in my opinion, nothing beats that!

    If you are outside of Jamaican, you should be able to get dried coconut at your local Caribbean or West Indian supermarket, try that first please.

    Barring that, you may try a reputable online retailer like for both the coconut or the powdered form. I noticed that they stock some of the top Jamaican brands as well.
  • It is very important to soak the mackerel, if not it will be extremely salty. Three (3) hours minimum, or overnight at maximum, should be good. But remember you also want to retain the flavour of the salt mackerel as well.

If not yet done, be sure to check out Datsi's Jamaican Coco Bread Recipe.

Watch YouTube Video! Here's Fitting Jamaican Mackerel Rundown Recipe Video 

Here is Chef Ricardo's slightly modified version on Youtube.

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Now over to you! Please be sure to share a comment below to let me know how you did :-) I will respond.

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