Although Jamaica’s national dish is ackee and salt fish, this vegan option is great for those who don’t want salt fish, can’t have salt fish, or can’t find salt fish in their area. Give it a try!
I did not use a recipe, but below is a link to a recipe that you can use as a guide if my ingredients and directions are not adequate.
Ingredients (with approximate measurements)
– 1 can or 2 cups ackee
– 1/2 cup green pepper, julienned
– 1/4 cup onion, julienned
– 3 stalks thyme, chopped
– 2 small roma tomatoes, chopped
– 1/4 – 1/2 scotch bonnet, sliced
– 1 peg garlic, pressed or minced
– 2 small stalks scallion (green onion), finely chopped
– seasonings to taste: salt, black pepper, onion powder, and Jamaican all-purpose
– cononut oil, desired amount
Tip: ackee is sold in the can; it can usually be found in the ethnic/international aisle of the grocery store. If it is not there, you should request it.
– cut up vegetables
– heat oil in pan
– sauté garlic, onion, scallion, thyme, and pepper
– add seasonings to taste
– add green peppers and some tomatoes (about 3/4)
– sauté for a few minutes
– add ackee
– lightly stir to sauté for a few minutes (note: if you use too much motion, the ackee mashes)
– add reserved tomatoes (1/4), if desired, you may also add a little more seasoning at this point; repeat the stirring step above
– cover pan and allow to simmer for a few minutes
Serve hot with steamed root vegetables or other choice of side.
Recipe for guidance: https://healthiersteps.com/recipe/vegan-ackee-gluten-free/