Here’s another version of Fried Rice I make when there’s leftover cooked rice in the fridge and a can of Ackee in the pantry. This rendition is a take on Classic Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish (salted Cod), which happens to be one of my favorite breakfast dishes.
3-4 cups cooked rice (chilled)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 large onion (diced)
3 scallions (chopped)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
5 sprigs thyme
1/2 cup prepared salted Cod
1/2 med green bell pepper (diced)
1/2 med red bell pepper (diced)
1 can Ackee (rinsed/drained)
1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Important! May I suggest you watch the recipe video below before you get started, and refer to it during the cooking process, as there are many in-depth explanations as to why I did things this way.
You’ll be eating in under 12 minutes, so it’s important that you prep everything in advance.
TIP! Be gentle when handling the canned Ackee as they are very tender and you can crush them easily. All I did was pour it into a strainer and allowed cool water to run over it… then it drained as I chopped and diced.
Using a wide non-stick pan on a medium flame, I added 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, followed by the prepared salted Cod pieces. Stir well, then add the leaves of the thyme, onion, black pepper and bell peppers. Turn the heat down to low, so it slowly softens up.
Now add the crushed garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Then it’s time to add the rinsed/drained Ackee to the pot, but be VERY gentle. Mix well and cook on medium/low for 4 minutes.
Add the chilled rice to the pot. Watch the video below as I explain why I moved the cooked Ackee over to one side and added the rice to the other.
As the rice warms through, top with the mushroom flavored soy sauce and mix well. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, then top with the scallions and mix well (rice).
We’re almost done. It’s now time to combine everything so all of those wonderful flavors get a chance to come together. Be gentle.
Time to enjoy a hearty serving of Ackee and Saltfish Fried Rice. (Serves 2 people easily) Forgot to mention, I used boned (bones removed) salted Cod, but you can use salted Pollock.. be mindful to keep an eye out for any remaining bones as you prepare it.