Ackee and Saltfish Jamaican Style

published by Juliet Christie Murray on Feb 26, 2009

Ackees and codfish dish is Jamaica’s national dish. Ackees do have a large fat content, carries a toxin that if eaten before the fruits are fully opened will cause food poisoning.

Best pan to prepare the ackee and codfish

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  • 1/2  lb saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
  • 2    dozens fresh ackees or 2 cans of tinned ackees
  • 1    medium onion
  • ½    tsp black pepper
  • 3     tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1    hot  pepper ( Scotch Bonnet is best )
  • 1     sweet pepper
  • 1     chopped tomato
  • 1     sprig fresh thyme or (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2     cloves of garlic
  • 4     stalks escallion
  • ½    tsp vinegar2    (Slices of bacon) optional)


  1. Wash codfish and put in a bowl.  Cover the fish with fresh cold water and Leave  to soak overnight to remove excess salt. (For fast action the fish may be cooked then flaked and wash 2-3 times to remove excess salt.)
  2. If fresh ackees are used remove seed and the red pit inside the ackees
  3. Boil with the cod fish in about 1 ½ quarts of water. (If canned ones) are used  then
  4. Cook the fish: Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender).
  5. Remove the fish from water and allow to cool( wash if still salt)
  6. Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish.
  7. Chop the ingredients:  the onion, sweet pepper, hot pepper, escellion, tomatoes, garlic,
  8. Pour oil into frying pan put  the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, hot pepper,   thyme  tomatoes, sauté for  about 3 minutes.
  9. Add the flaked fish, the vinegar and stir-fry for another 1 minutes
  10. Add the ackees ,stir lightly to distribute all the ingredients evenly and to avoid breaking ackees.

Serving: Serve with  roasted breadfruit , green bananas, fried dumplings, bread and callaloo

This will serve 4-6 individuals

4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Ruby Hawk
    February 26th, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    I have never heard of this fruit.The fish sounds good though.

  2. # 2 by Juliet Christie Murray
    February 26th, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    You are missing out on something special.Whenever you visit Jamaica ask for it . Or look into stores for Grace Canned ackees in your area. Try checking out this Online Jamaican storea

  3. # 3 by Amskee
    March 6th, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    I don’t know where to find ackee fruit in my area. Is there any alternative fruits to replace ackee?

  4. # 4 by Juliet Christie Murray
    May 15th, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    Hi Amsky, sorry I took so long answering. You could ask for canned ackees. There is no substitute for this fruit

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