Ackee & Saltfish with Fried Dumpling made easy!

Ackee & Saltfish is one of Jamaica’s favourite National dishes and also one of our personal favourites. This dish is very simple to make, and is complimented well with Fried Dumplings! also with other sides such as Festival, Callaloo and boiled Green banana.


Total Time: 2 hr 30 min
Prep:45 min |  Inactive: 2 hr  |  Cook: 35 min

Ackee & Saltfish


  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 Tins of ackee
  • 1 pack of boneless saltfish
  • 1 cup Mixed peppers
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Spring onion
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Black pepper
    Optional: 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped, paprika, all purpose seasoning

Fried Dumpling

  • 125ml water
  • 500g self raising flour
  • 250ml Vegetable oil
  • 4tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • optional: 1/2 cup milk

Serving suggestion: 4


  • Pour 250ml water into pot on high heat and place boneless saltfish inside.
  •  Boil for 20 minutes
  • Drain water and repeat 1 or 2 times (Alternatively soak saltfish overnight in cold water)
  • Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil into frying pan on medium heat
  • Then add 1/4 chopped onions, 1 cup Mixed (sweet) pepper, 1 Chopped tomatoes, 2 Spring onion and 1 whole Scotch Bonnet (optional Thyme, 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped) and fry & stir untill cooked
  • Drain 2 tins of Ackee and place in frying pan with cooked veg
  • Add a pinch of Black pepper and gently stir everything together (not too rough as ackee will break)
  • Let it all simmer for for 10 minutes on low heatDUMPLINGS
  •  Add 500g self raising flour (If using plain flour, add 1 tsp baking powder)
  •  Pour 125ml water
  • Add 4tsp butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 tsp sugar (optional 1/2 cup milk)
  • Knead together into ball (Add flour/water if necessary)
  • Break into small pieces and roll into small flatfish dumplings
  • Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil into frying pan (medium high heat)
  • Place dumplings into frying pan (medium heat)
  • Fry until golden brown on each side

Ackee saltfish