Monday, 26 May 2014

Jamaican breakfast: Saltfish and bacon

I love the food of my heritage, the traditional Caribbean recipes and methods of cooking, to making modern twists on Jamaican classics. My saltfish and bacon is my Anglo take on a classic Jamaican ingredient and in my opinion is perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast. It may seem odd to eat saltfish for breakfast, but this is normal in the Caribbean and many islanders will eat saltfish for breakfast, especially in Jamaica where the national dish is ackee and saltfish. I could easily just have the saltfish on it's own, but as I love bacon, I thought I would add a classic British breakfast item, bacon to this dish. I think the saltfish and bacon compliment each other beautifully, the creamy and chewy texture of the saltfish, alongside the crispy and slightly salty taste of the bacon, with the cooked peppers is a match made in Anglo-Jamaican heaven. This dish is on the table within 30 minutes and will be enjoyed by all who like Caribbean cuisine. Luckily, there are no excuses not to try this dish, saltfish is readily available in all major supermarkets that have a special world foods aisle. I serve my saltfish and bacon with a variety of I enjoy this with roasted breadfruit, shop brought harddough bread and of course, my favourite Jamaican accompaniment fried plantains 
Here is how my saltfish and bacon turned out:
Saltfish and bacon

Saltfish and bacon cooking

Saltfish and bacon cooking

Plantain cooking
Recipe for saltfish and bacon

3 rashers of lean back bacon
250g packet of boneless saltfish
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 onion
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, seeds removed
large griddle pan

Open the packet of saltfish and place in a pan of cold water, leave to soak overnight. If running short of time you can boil the saltfish for around 30 minutes - but be prepared your kitchen will smell fishy! It is important to soak the saltfish to remove the excess of salt from the saltfish. Once the saltfish has soaked overnight or boiled empty the contents of the water and slice the saltfish in small bite size pieces.
Heat the griddle pan and add the 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Slice the rashers of bacon and add to the pan, leave to cook for around 5 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the peppers and onions and whilst the bacon are sizzling, add the peppers and onions to the pan. Also add the bite size pieces of saltfish to the griddle pan and leave everything to cook for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 



  1. This sounds really tasty - anything goes with bacon in my book :)

  2. It was lovely thanks, I love the flavours and textures x


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