In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Green Fig (cooking banana) With Saltfish.

When we did the Green Fig Salad we would have already discussed that for the most part, bananas are lovingly called FIG/s and the green ones are used in cooking in the Caribbean. There were comments when I posted the video that these were not figs, so I wanted to clarify things again.

You’ll Need…

2 lbs green cooking bananas (green fig)
1/2 lb boned salted cod (prepared)
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 large tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
4-6 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 scallions (chopped)
3-5 bird’s eye peppers (see notes below)
1 teaspoon black pepper

Notes! In doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet your gluten free dietary requirements. I used coconut oil, however you may use any oil you prefer using. While I only had Bird’s Eye peppers on hand, you may use any spicy peppers you have or prefer. Or should you not like the dish spicy, the option to leave it out is up to you. Please use the video below to follow along, especially when preparing the green cooking bananas. When shopping for the green bananas (fig) outside the Caribbean, they may be called Green COOKING Bananas.

May I recommend that you try to source boned or boneless (bones removed) salted Cod or any salted fish you can afford. However, as you shred it (after you’ve boiled or soaked) be sure to keep an eye out for tiny bones and remove. Please refer to the video below (or above) to learn how to prepare the salted fish for use, so it’s rehydrated and most of the slated it was cured with, is removed.

In the video below I explained that you could peel the green bananas before boiling, but this step is much easier. Simply cut off both ends, then using a paring knife, cut the length of the banana, the depth of the skin. Then place them in a pot with water, bring to a boil, reduce to a rolling boil and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Drain and allow it to cool before peeling off the skin.

I explained in the video that I didn’t salt the water when boiling the green figs (banana) as I’m trying to cut back on the salt intake in my diet. Traditionally, 3/4 teaspoon of salt is added to the water.

Heat the coconut oil in a wide saucepan on a medium flame, then add the prepared salted Cod and stir well. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3 minutes to flavor the oil.

After 4 minutes, add the onion, garlic, scallions, black pepper and tomato to the pan and stir well. The goal is to soften everything and in doing so, combine all of those flavors. Should you have some fresh thyme, add a couple sprigs (not mentioned in the ingredient list). Additionally, should you want to add diced bell peppers, you’re more than welcome to do so at this point.

The cooked green bananas should be cool enough to handle at this point. remove the skin (discard) and add them to the pan with everything. Feel free to cut them into smaller pieces should you prefer. I added the Bird’s Eye peppers whole as I didn’t want the heat throughout the dish (I munched on the peppers as I ate later). Should you want the raw heat, cut the peppers into small pieces and add them when you added the onions etc.

All we have to do at this point is coat the bananas with that lovely base we created, heat them though and we’re done. Essentially you’re looking at about 4-6 minutes or a med/low flame.

This is a complete meal. Serve with a few slices of ripe avocado and enjoy!

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