saltfish2I have a friend visiting from out of town and she had one simple request  and that was to make her Saltfish.   This is a very West Indian dish and it is usually served either with rice and dhal or bake.  Bake is a fry bread that is a popular breakfast item in the Caribbean.  Today I will not be making rice or bake…she will provide that part of the meal.  This is a very simple and quick meal to make and it is a meal every aest Indian always have a craving for.  Just the mere mention of Bake and Saltfish causes jealously of those who aren’t here to eat it.  So today I will be the object of everyone’s envy. saltfish saltfish3

Sauteed Saltfish

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless, skinless salfish
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp mince garlic
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 1 hot pepper, wiri wiri or any other will do
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 3 scallion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Rinse the saltfish in warm water. Boil the salfish in water for 10 minutes. Pour off the water, fill the pot with fresh water and boil for another ten minutes. This is important step to get rid of some of the salt in the saltfish. You can also soak it overnight to remove the salt. Drain the water from the fish and flake with a fork.
  2. Heat oil in pan,onions and cook for about 3 minutes, then add garlic, thyme and pepper.
  3. Once the garlic is fragrant add chopped tomatoes.
  4. Saute for about 10 minutes on a medium fire, until the tomatoes have broken down. Add flaked saltfish and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Add chopped scallion and a splash of lime juice and black pepper in last 5 minutes of cooking. Cook until the liquid had evaporated and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve with bake or dhal and rice.
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  1. That's So Yummy

    Saltfish is one of my favorite meals especially when combined with ackee, that’s what we eat in Jamaica. Breadfruit, bammy, and fried dumplings are usually made with it.

    I think I will make some this week, thanks for sharing!

  2. That's So Yummy

    Saltfish is one of my favorite meals especially when combined with ackee, that’s what we eat in Jamaica. Breadfruit, bammy, and fried dumplings are usually made with it.

    I think I will make some this week, thanks for sharing!

  3. That's So Yummy

    Saltfish is one of my favorite meals especially when combined with ackee, that’s what we eat in Jamaica. Breadfruit, bammy, and fried dumplings are usually made with it.

    I think I will make some this week, thanks for sharing!

  4. That's So Yummy

    Saltfish is one of my favorite meals especially when combined with ackee, that’s what we eat in Jamaica. Breadfruit, bammy, and fried dumplings are usually made with it.

    I think I will make some this week, thanks for sharing!

  5. Yasmin

    Your recipes looks great I can’t wait to try them.

  6. Malisa.Matthews

    Jehan, this is the third item from your site I made today. Three meals in one day, YAY! I was very proud of myself because i dont usually cook. The salt fish was amazing. i made it this morning with your recipe for Bake. Then a hour ago, i made the Dhal, whicH I ate with Saltfish and brown rice. Delicious. Thanks so much for posting!

  7. christine

    Hi jehan I will have to try your way of frying up salt fish it looks delicious kindly do a recipe for home made bread thank you

  8. island gyal

    I have to say, “Guyanese style of making this dish is by far the best I have ever had”! Growing up on my island where many Guyanese migrated,I had the pleasure of this wonderful dish at my best friend’ s house/neighbor who’ s mother is Guyanese and would cook it especially for me! You broth back such good memories, Thank you!