How To: Make Jamaican style okra and saltfish

Make Jamaican style okra and saltfish

Watch this cooking how-to video as Tracy cooks some authentic okra and saltfish. This veggie and seafood dish is very popular in Jamaica. Follow along this Jamaican cooking lesson and learn how to make okra and saltfish.

Ingredients for okra and saltfish:
1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
1/2 lb okra
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp of butter
1/2 a hot chilli pepper (ideally Scotch Bonnet)
1 sweet pepper
1 chopped tomato
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

Optional ingredients:-
2 cloves of garlic
4 Scallion (or spring onions)
6 Slices of bacon

Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt).
Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender). Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper, okra and tomato whilst you're waiting for the fish to cook. Remove the fish from water and allow to cool. Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli, okra, thyme and half a cup of water. Cover and steam for about 20 minutes. Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and steam for another 10 minutes. Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato.

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