#6 – Jamaica’s National Dish

Achieving the smell and taste of fish (salt-water breeds) in foods is one of the easiest vegan tricks to perform; simply replace the fish with seaweed.  Doing so with Jamaica’s National Dish – Ackee & Saltfish – works extremely well and considering how easy it is to make, I encourage everyone familiar with the usual way of preparing it to try it this way to determine if it is just as appetizing if not more so.

Ingredients:

19 oz. ackee (BKA 1 can)

1/2 cup tomato

1/4 cup onion or scallions

2 TBS olive oil

1 TBS garlic

1 TBS thyme

1/4 cup seaweed

1/2 TSP spice blend

1 TSP lime juice

1 cup water

1 habanero pepper (optional)

salt to taste

Method – Heat oil in pot/pan then add onions/scallions, tomato, and garlic.

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Once the tomatoes “melt”, rinse the ackee then add to the pot, followed by the seaweed (I used a mix of kelp, hijiki, and wakame), thyme, and pepper.

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Add remaining ingredients; when it comes to boil, lower heat, simmer for 10 minutes and it’s ready.  Enjoy with cooked green bananas.

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