Here’s another one of those CLASSIC Caribbean recipes enjoyed across the region. A dish where you can let your creativity run crazy, by adding ingredients you like (vegetables) or to simply clear out ends of vegetables you have unused in the fridge. As a side dish to roti, ground provisions or dumplings or served on hot steaming rice.
1/2 large cabbage (rough chopped)
2-3 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 cups prepared Salted Cod
1 onion (sliced)
3-4 cloves garlic (smashed)
1/2 red and green Bell peppers (sliced)
1/2 medium carrot (julienne)
4-6 sprigs thyme
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper
Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Prep all the ingredients in advance so you can run through the recipe quickly. For the Salted Cod, you can boil for a few minutes or soak it overnight. Rinse and shred. Watch this video if you want to see step by step How Salted Cod Is Prepared.
In a wide pot medium flame, add the olive oil (use any oil you like).
Now add the prepared salted cod pieces. turn the heat down to low to bring out all that flavor. 2 minutes later add the thyme, garlic and the scotch bonnet pepper (be mindful to wear gloves and/or to wash your hands with soap and water after handling such hot peppers). Toss in the onion and give everything a good mix.
Go in with the carrots, bell pepper and black pepper and stir well.
Four minutes later, turn the heat up to medium and add the cabbage. It may look like a lot, but it will wilt down as it cook. Mix well to combine all the flavors.
I didn’t use a lid, but you can if you wish to help speed up the cooking time/process. Stir a few times.
Now it’s time to personalize things. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly. The remaining salt in the Salted Cod meant I didn’t have to adjust anything. The other thing is, cook the cabbage to the consistency and texture you like. For me, five minutes after adding the cabbage it was to my liking.
Top with the parsley and turn off the heat (stir).
As classic as it gets and so simple to put together. While as a lil fella on the islands I never enjoy Cabbage, I always seem to have one sitting in our fridge in my adult years. From soups, to stews and stir-fry’s, it’s a great way to add texture and to stretch a dish. Takes on wicked flavors too! And speaking about flavors, the simple (now very expensive) Salted Cod can enhance any dish IMHO with that lovely flavor we so adore in the Caribbean.
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