How To Make The Perfect Ackee & Saltfish (Codfish) Like A True Jamaican!

Written by Rohan McLeod

Ackee & Saltfish (Salted Codfish) served with Fried Dumplings

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Map of Jamaica

When visiting Jamaica, one of the must-try dishes is our national dish by popular consensus, however, not officially — Ackee and Saltfish (Salted Codfish). It is the most popular among Jamaicans and the visitors to our island home Jamaica and is available for Breakfast in many Jamaican homes and restaurants daily. At first to our visitors it may look like Scrambled Eggs, however upon tasting it they enjoy the texture and the symbiotic combination of spices and herbs used in preparing this unique Jamaican Culinary Delight.

The Ackee Fruit

What is Ackee?

Ackee is a pear-shaped fruit that is found in warm climates. As the Ackee fruit ripens, it turns from green to bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open to reveal three large, shiny black seeds, each partly surrounded by soft, white to yellow flesh.

This national fruit of Jamaica was imported here from East Africa before 1725. Today, Ackee fruit is canned and one of Jamaica’s major exports.

There are many brands of Jamaican Canned Ackees, which are made using the strictest international Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). You can feel assured about quality and taste.
Prepared Ackee & Saltfish (Codfish)

Ackee and Saltfish

To prepare the dish, the salted codfish is sautéed with boiled ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes and spices. It is usually served as breakfast or dinner alongside breadfruit, hard dough bread, dumplings, fried plantain, or boiled green bananas. Ackee and Saltfish can also be eaten with rice and peas or plain white rice.


Serves 2–4

  • ½-pound salt fish
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet pepper (yellow/red or green), julienne
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper, chopped finely (omit if you don’t want the dish spicy)
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 1–2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Prepared Ackee & Saltfish (Codfish) served with Roasted Breadfruit and Fried Ripe Plantains


  1. Put saltfish (codfish) to soak in cold water for about 1 hour.
  2. Pour off water; add fresh water and boil until tender.
  3. De-bone and flake the saltfish (codfish).
  4. Heat oil and sauté onion, garlic, scallions, tomatoes, scotch bonnet pepper and sweet pepper until tender, about five to six minutes.
  5. Add flaked saltfish (codfish), fresh or canned ackee and black pepper.
  6. Toss lightly; cover and allow to stand over low heat for about 2 minutes.

Jamaicans have even gotten creative and are now using Ackee to make Ackee Pizza which is a hit with many Vegans, minus the Saltfish though, and they are amazed with this signature pizza topping.

Jamaica Ackee Pizza. Please see recipe at

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Enjoy this most famous Jamaican dish any way you want!

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About the Author:

Rohan McLeod is the Owner & C.E.O. of Surprise Jewelry In Candles —, an international company which offers Premium Eco-friendly 100% All Natural Soy Wax Candles with a hidden piece of quality jewelry in every candle & tart. Visit, like and follow on Facebook at