In the past we’ve used beef and shrimp as the base for delightful stir fry Caribbean style, but there’s no reason why we can’t use one of the most popular ingredients in the Caribbean with similar or dare I say better results. Saltfish (dry slated cod or other white fish) is a much revered ingredient throughout the Caribbean, so using it to add flavor to a quick stir fry came quite natural.
3/4 cup salted fish (flaked)
1 cup carrots (julienne)
2 cups cabbage
1.5 cups bell peppers (use any color you like)
1 medium onion
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
pinch black pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper
Notes: You’ll need to prepare the salted fish before using. Cover with water in a pot and boil for about 25 minutes. Drain, rinse (squeeze dry) and shred/flake. I usually get boned saltfish so I don’t have to worry about the tiny bones, but do keep an eye out for any which may still be present.
Heat the oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add the salted fish and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the onion, ginger, thyme, carrots and bell peppers.
After 3 minutes (be sure to keep stirring) add the cabbage, soy sauce, black pepper and scotch bonnet pepper (don’t use any seeds). Mix well!
Here’s where you’ll personalize the dish.. I cooked it for 3 minutes after adding the cabbage as I like a little crunch on my vegetables (especially cabbage) but you can cook longer if you wish. Top with the scallions and get ready to serve.
You’ll notice that we didn’t add any salt to this dish as the slated fish will still have a trace amount of salt and the soy sauce will also help finish seasoning the dish. I would recommend serving this as soon as you’re done, so you get the full freshness of the vegetables. In less than7 minutes, you’ll have a wonderful dish to serve your family. BTW, this saltfish stir fry makes delicious sandwiches.