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fry up saltfish

Jamaican breakfast recipe ; Fry-up salt fish, with tomatoes, onion and hot pepper. Although fry-up salt fish is mostly eaten in Jamaica for breakfast, but it can be had for dinner as well, even lunch.

Fry-up salt fish does not mean to deep fry. It's more like sautéed salt fish.

Fry-up salt fish is often served with fried dumplings and fried plantain, but I was in the mood for boiled dumplings, yam and sweet potato. By-the-way, this white yam is called negro yam in Jamaica or naygah yam in patois. There are varieties of yams in Jamaica.

fry-up saltfish




1 small hot pepper, sliced

1 small ripe tomato, sliced

1 small onion, sliced

1/4 lb. salt fish

1 tbsp. ketchup

2 tsp. vegetable oil

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

2 tbsp. water (to make gravy)


1. Remove salt fish scales, then wash with tap water

2. Put salt fish into a pot with water and boil for 6 minutes, this is to remove the excess salt.

3. Remove salt fish from pot, rinse with tap water, then set aside to be cool

4. When salt fish is cool enough, use your hands to shred the salt or pick-up as we say in Jamaica.

5. In a pot with vegetable oil, sauté the onion, tomato and hot pepper on low heat until translucent.


6. Add the shredded salt fish


7. Stir using a fork. Sprinkle on black pepper.

8. Add water


9. Add ketchup. Cover pot and simmer salt fish for about 2 minutes

10. Remove from heat and serve


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