Ackee and Saltfish Recipe


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Hi guys, I just want to share this Ackee and Saltfish Recipe. This hearty dish combines tender ackee fruit with savory salted codfish, sautéed with aromatic onions, peppers, and spices. It's a culinary masterpiece that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any time you're craving a taste of the Caribbean.
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  • 8 ounces (225g) salt cod
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce; 30g) diced yellow onion, from 1/4 onion
  • 2 heaping tablespoons (1 ounce; 30g) diced bell pepper, from 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small tomato (about 2 ounces; 55g), cored and diced
  • 1 scallion (10g), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (3g) fresh thyme leaves and tender stems, chopped
  • One 18–20-ounce can ackee
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced avocado, for serving


  1. Rinse salt cod under cold running water until any salt on its surface is washed away. Transfer to a medium bowl and cover with fresh water. Soak at room temperature for 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain salt cod, discard soaking water, transfer fish to a small saucepan, and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until fish flakes easily when prodded with a fork, about 40 minutes. Taste, and if the cod is still too salty—it should have a similar salinity to bacon—drain and discard cooking water, return fish to saucepan, cover with a fresh change of water, and boil for an additional 20 minutes. Once the salt cod is cooked and seasoned to your liking, drain and flake fish into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces, discarding any bones and silvery membranes. Set aside.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, bell pepper, Scotch bonnet, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flaked salt cod and cook, stirring occasionally, until fish is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato, scallion, and thyme, stir to combine, and cook until vegetables are tender and mixture is aromatic, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add ackee, stir gently to incorporate, taking care not to over-mix which can cause the ackee to become mushy, and cook until ackee is heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately with sliced avocado alongside.
Tried the Ackee and Saltfish recipe and it was delicious! 🌟 The flavors were so authentic and brought me right back to the islands. Definitely making this again. Thanks for the amazing recipe! 🙌🌴