Meat Recipes

Bully Beef

Bully Beef with Johnny Cakes and Fried Plantains - Photo by _Rankz
Written by Winsome Murphy


Bully Beef with Johnny Cakes and Fried Plantains - Photo by _Rankz

Bully Beef with Johnny Cakes and Fried Ripe Plantains – Photo by _Rankz

Canned corned beef, or “bully beef” as it is known in Jamaica, has been transformed by island cooks into a spicy, satisfying dinner dish sure to become a favorite quick and easy meal. During hurricanes it is the meal of choice. Try our simple Bully Beef recipe.


  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 medium ripe tomato (chopped)
  • 2 stalks scallion (chopped)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (de-seed and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. browning (optional)

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  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan (skillet) over moderate heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic (optional) and scotch bonnet to frying pan. Sauté for approx 1-2 mins.
  3. Add thyme and corned beef. Turn down heat to medium- low and stir until cooked.
  4. Add onions, garlic and chopped scotch bonnet in frying pan
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, scallions, and browning (optional), stir well and cook for another 3 minutes. Use paper towels to absorb the extra vegetable oil, if any.
  6. Bully Beef is usually served for breakfast with Johnny Cakes, boiled green bananas or toast. It can also be served with white rice.(Serves 4)

About the author

Winsome Murphy