“Kick up your ackee game a notch by adding some smoked red herring. Ackee is Jamaica’s national fruit and ackee and saltfish is our national dish. Red herring and ackee served on a rainy day with boiled dumpling and banana is another treat your tummy will be grateful for a taste of.” – Chef Noel Cunningham, Cuisine by Noel
1 whole dried red herring (boil for 15- 20 minutes)
2 dozen ackee or 1 can ackee
2 stalks scallion, sliced
1 medium-size onion, diced
1 garlic clove
1 green scotch bonnet pepper
6 pimento berries
1 small sweet pepper, sliced
1 tsp. thyme
1/4 cup coconut oil
Put herring to soak in cold water for about 1 hour. Drain water; add fresh water and boil until tender. Drain water and once cool, flake fish.
Heat oil and sauté onion, garlic, scallions, tomatoes, scotch bonnet pepper and sweet pepper until vegetables are translucent. Add flaked red herring, fresh or canned ackee, black pepper, pimento and salt to taste. Adjust seasoning to taste and remove from heat.
– If using fresh ackee remember to boil ackee until it’s tender and changes to a bright yellow color.