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What's Your Love Food? - Ackee & Saltfish - WW

Because I am in love with Ackee & Saltfish. It's one of the dishes from my country. It is also the national dish. 

I will eat this food with anything. I especially love it with fried dumplings and boiled bananas, or roasted breadfruit or just hard dough bread. 

I'm yearning for this food again. I can't wait to be able to go visit my mom  so I can gorge myself. I'm starting to make a list of all the foods I want to be stuffed with when I visit. Is that sad? I just can't help it.  There is no food like Jamaican food. 

Here is the recipe from this website if you want to see what I'm talking about. 

I wish I could make it here but US doesn't have the ingredients. Sigh. What's your love food?

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Ackee and Saltfish recipe 
You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough ackee and saltfish for 4 people:-
Ackee and Saltfish - Ingredients 1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
 12 fresh ackees or 1 (drained) can of tinned ackees
 1 medium onion
 1/2 tsp black pepper
 3 tbsp of butter
 1/2 a hot chilli pepper (ideally Scotch Bonnet)
 1 sweet pepper
 1 chopped tomato
 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

Optional ingredients:-
2 cloves of garlic
4 Scallion (or spring onions)
6 Slices of bacon


Ackee and Saltfish - Soaking the fish Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt)

Ackee and Saltfish - Cooking the fish Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender).

Ackee and Saltfish - Chopping the ingredients Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato.

Ackee and Saltfish - Preparing the fish Remove the fish from water and allow to cool.
 Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish


Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 1 Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme for about 3 minutes.

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 2 Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and stir-fry for another 10 minutes

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 3 Add the Ackee and cook until hot throughout. Stir gently to avoid breaking-up the Ackee


Ackee and Saltfish - Serving Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato

Ackees for sale at a roadside stall An open ackee on a tree An unopened ackee on a tree

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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  1. I think we all love what our moms and grandmother's made for us. For me that would be mexican food!

  2. Sounds like a great one to try!! That's so funny - I just posted our weekly recipe! My love food is pasta with crab meat, grouper, and roast and creamed potatoes - yum, yum, yum!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I totally understand! When I was in high school I couldn't wait to more out into a college dorm. Then I looked forward to coming hoome on the weekends for old fashioned 'meat & potatoe' meals that I grew up on in the midwest. I missed them!!! Now I make those types of meals only when my boys come home to visit. Funny how some foods make us think of home, family, comfort... & love! :-)

    Loved this post! My son will like the recipe too by the way. He loves to cook anything with and including fresh fish. Our favorite now! Thanks for sharing!!

    Coreen xoxoxo

  4. It reminds me of a song I learned in summer school as a child which sings "akhee rice salt fish is nice". I never knew what that meant until now.

  5. that looks like an amazing flavor combination! wish i could try!

  6. Yes, that does look good! And it doesn't help that I haven't had dinner yet. :-)

    An Island Life

  7. Oh that sounds and looks good! I bet it's really tasty!!!!

  8. I love my grandma's cooking, she cooks like no one else. I love holidays to enjoy her special recipes:)

  9. This looks wonderful. I would love to taste it.

  10. I am definitely open to trying new things! Looks delicious :)

  11. That really sounds delicious! Can I come visit your mom with you so I can enjoy some of that yummy food? ;)

    My great-grandmother came over from Sweden - I remember so many awesome dishes she used to make when we'd go visit her. I keep trying to replicate them, but there's always something missing. :)

    WW: Guardian Mask

  12. I hope you get a chance to visit your mom soon so you can eat it!

  13. That sounds yummy....there is nothing better then grandma's cooking (my mom doesn't cook).

    When you go back to Jamaica put me in your suitcase, ok?

  14. Well, that looks really different, but I have to say being allergic to iodine, and sea salt I'm feeling itchy just looking at this stuff. Sorry. Thanks for sharing though. I love to see how other countries cool. You duh bomb, Girlfriend!

  15. That all sounds delicious! I know I already asked, but can I come visit your mom too? I want to eat yummy foods like that too!

    You should totally link this post for our Friday Food Fight. :-)

  16. I think we all have our comfort foods (if we had moms who cooked, wink) I wonder if that salted fish is like something my hubby keeps talking about that he enjoyed as a child? his always came via his grandma from Nova Scotia? I believe he said they could eat it like a dry jerky too. hummm?

  17. I used to do that when I was in college. I'd send her my list of foods to serve me when I'm home. She never left anything off!

  18. That sounds interesting....

    I have way too many "love foods" to list. =)

  19. We used to have food festivals when I lived in NY and I tasted and fell in love with a dish called ro tees (sp?) They were made with a pastry containing split pea soup. They were wonderful and I went home and tried real hard to duplicate them. lol

  20. I have never had this,but I love the way it sounds. I want to learn how to cook salty fish, since I still have some in my freezer. Boil bananas? I don't know if I ever had any.

  21. I a always looking for new dishes to try in the kitchen and this one looks perfect! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower from Tuesday blog hop. You can find me at:

    Have a great day!!! :-)



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