Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

Jun 1, 2016

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

Ackee and Saltfish

One of the favourite dishes in Jamaica Ackee and Saltfish.

This is a dish served all over Jamaica especially in Ackee season. The breakfast of choice for most Jamaicans. Once made you can have it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner with a little rice.

Keep the salt intake low by soaking and boiling your Saltfish as shown below and take care of all the bones after boiling. If you do not have Ackee then you can use the canned Ackee, just make sure you give it a good wash.

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

How Long Will It Take To Bake

Preparation time: Overnight
Cooking Time: 38 Minutes
Makes approx: For 4 People


You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough Ackee and Saltfish for 4 people.

  • 1/2 lb Saltfish (Dried, Salted Codfish)
  • 12 Fresh Ackees or 1 Can of Tinned Ackees
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1/2 Tea Spoon Black Pepper
  • 3 Table Spoon of Butter
  • 1/2 A Hot Scotch Bonnet Pepper (or Chilli Pepper)
  • 1 Sweet Pepper
  • 1 Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme or 1 Tea Spoon Dried Thyme
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 4 Scallion (or Spring Onions)


Cover and soak the Saltfish in cold water. Let it soak overnight for a minimum of 8 hours, changing the water several times, this will help to remove most of the salt. After soaking bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for approx. 20 minutes changing the water after it’s boiled, the fish should now be tender. Remove the fish from water and allow to cool. Remove all of bones then break the flesh of the fish into bite size chunks.

Chop the ingredients such as Onion, Sweet Pepper, Chilli Pepper, Garlic, Scallion and Tomato.


Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir fry the Onion, Black Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Scallion, Scotch Bonnet and Thyme for about 3 minutes.

Add the Tomatoes, Saltfish and stir-fry for another 10 minutes.

Blanche your Ackee first in boiled water for a few minutes. Add the Ackee and cook for a further 5 minutes to soak in the flavours. Stir gently to avoid breaking-up the Ackee, keeping the Ackee as whole as possible.

Serve with Yam, Green Banana, fried or boiled Dumplings and Irish Potato or even with a couple slice of Toast, whatever you wish, either way, you will love it!