Taste of Jamaica

By Newham.com / 14 January 2008

Ackee and saltfish

Why not try making Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish

Taste of Jamaica

Ackee and saltfish is Jamaica's national dish. In Jamaica Ackee fruit grows wild, but in the UK you are able to buy it in tins in West Indian stores.


  • 8oz salted cod
  • 2 large tins ackee in brine
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Half a green and red pepper
  • 1 onion
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Scotch bonnet pepper, sliced

  • Soak the salt cod overnight to remove most of the salt, boil in fresh water for 20 minutes then drain.
  • Scrape off the skin then shred the fish into flakes, removing any bones.
  • Drain the ackee, then boil in salted water for one minute, drain again.
  • Chop the tomatoes, peppers and onions into small pieces. Fry for a few minutes in some oil with the cracked black pepper and scotch bonnet to taste.
  • Add the fish and ackee and cook for a further three minutes.

Serve with baked breadfruit, cooked green bananas or Caribbean dumplings