Couples Resorts Recipe Time: Ackee and Saltfish

Jamaican food is known to be quite unique and diverse due in part to the blend of various cultures that are a part of the countries heritage such as: West African, Spanish, Portuguese, British, East Indian, Dutch, French, and Chinese. It is this history that has been combined to create some of the most flavourful tastes and cuisines in the Caribbean and where the countries motto “Out of Many One People” was derived.

Jamaica’s National Dish is Ackee and Saltfish which is a popular breakfast treat enjoyed by locals and guests alike. Ackee is a bright red fruit that, when ripened, bursts open to reveal three black seeds and a bright yellow flesh. It is the flesh of this fruit that is used in Jamaican dishes. The National Dish is a popular breakfast item which can be served with roasted breadfruit, boiled bananas or fried dumpling. Canned Ackee is also available worldwide for all to enjoy so below we share with you the recipe for Jamaica’s National Dish that you can also enjoy at home.

Jamaica National Dish: Ackee and Saltfish with Fried Dumpling


  • 1/2 lb. Saltfish (codfish)
  • 1 dozen ackees
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 crushed garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 slices hot scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 small red sweet pepper
  • Cooking oil


  • Soak saltfish in water to remove some of the salt or boil in water for 5-7 minutes
  • Clean the ackee. Remove the seeds and all traces of interior red pit from the ackees
  • Wash ackees five times
  • Cover and boil until moderately soft
  • Drain, cover, and put aside
  • Pick up (flake) the saltfish and remove all bones
  • Sauté thinly sliced onions and sweet pepper rings
  • Remove half of the fried onions and peppers
  • Add saltfish and the ackees, and turn the fire/stove up slightly
  • Add black pepper
  • Pour in to serving plate and garnish with remaining onions and pepper slices
  • Serve with boiled banana and/or fried dumpling

So whether at home or relaxing at your favourite all inclusive resort, now you can enjoy the rich culture of Jamaica from Couples Resorts.

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