While I did share a similar saltfish buljol recipe back in 2009, you’ll find subtle differences with this version, especially the price difference in using salted Pollock vs the Salted Cod I used in that version. With the current state of inflation and high prices in the supermarket, I trust you’ll appreciate this cheaper version of Saltfish Buljol. We’re NOT sacrificing flavors!
1 lb salted Pollock (salted Cod is traditionally used)
1 tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (sliced thin)
3 scallions (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 lime (juice)
1/2 medium carrot (grated)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced thin)
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoon olive oil
4 sprigs thyme (leaves only)
Important! I used an entire scotch bonnet pepper in this recipe, but you can cut back (or add more) to meet with your tolerance for heat. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go though all of the ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Unlike Salted Cod which needs to be soaked in cold water or boiled to remove the salt and rehydrate the fish, I find that all one needs to do with Pollock is to pour hot water from your kettle over it in a large bowl, allow it to soak until the water cools. Then all you’ll do next is drain, rinse with cool water and flake or shred as needed.
Please note that you can always refer to the video below if I didn’t explain anything fully or you’d like to tune in for my banter and tips.
The texture of the shredded salted fish is one of those things you can personalize to your own liking. In the past I’ve also put the saltfish into a food processor and got it really fine. As the Pollock soaked in the hot water I prepped the other ingredients, so it’s now time to assemble.
Place the prepped salted pollock into a large bowl (try to squeeze dry after rinsing), followed by everything except the oil and lime juice.
Before I forget… I used BONED (boneless) salted Pollock, but I still kept an eye out for any tiny bones as I shredded it.
Give it a good mix, then place a frying pan on a med/high heat and heat the oil until you start seeing smoke. Now pour this hot oil over everything and give it a good mix. The hot oil (this method is called chunkay) and it allows us to waken up the flavors of everything and also act as a means of helping those flavors combine in the oil (liquid).
The final thing to do is to drizzle on the lime (or lemon) juice to give it that citrus punch and to brighten things overall. TIP! Add some diced zabouca (avocado) in the mix and you can thank me later.
The question is always “what do you serve this with?”.. for me 4 things comes to mind immediately. Directly onto salted crackers as a snack. With plain old flour dumplings. A side to Dhal and Rice. Or served with boiled ground provisions or green cooking banana.
Yea, you can serve this warm or cold.
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