Seafood Recipes

Red Herring (Pick Up) – Recipe

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Written by Xavier Murphy

Red Herring is favorite in Jamaica. This dish is done similar to “pick up salt fish“. It is called “pick up” because the red herring used in the dish is torn into small pieces after the bones have been removed – perfect for “picking up” with your fingers. Frying the fish pieces with onions, hot peppers, and ketchup(optional) gives just the right combination of salt and heat.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/2 pound red herring 
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 tomato
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup (optional)

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METHOD:

  1. Soak or boil red herring to remove most of the salt, drain.
  2. Cut up the onions, tomato and scotch bonnet and saute in a small bit of oil in a saucepan.
  3. Remove and place in a dish.
  4. “Pick up” (break in to small portions and remove any bones) saltfish and fry in the same saucepan with light oil.
  5. Add seasonings (onions, tomato, scotch bonnet pepper, ketchup)  and cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  6. Serve with one of the following or combination of all: Jamaican water crackers, Fried Green Plantations, Yellow or White Yam, Flour dumplings and Boiled Bananas

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About the author

Xavier Murphy