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Traditional Jamaican Recipes - How to cook Callaloo and Saltfish

Updated on February 9, 2013
Callaloo and Saltfish dish
Callaloo and Saltfish dish

How to cook callaloo and saltfish

This recipe is a quick and simple way to cook an authentic jamaican breakfast, lunch or dinner, thanksgiving or christmas. It is usually served with dumplings, plantain, hard food, rice or bread. Callaloo is a green vegetable that grows abundantly on the island and sometimes compared to spinach with its leafy texture. It is very fibrous and contains loads of iron and vitamin c.

Other Jamaica Saltfish Recipes

Ackee and Saltfish

Fried Saltfish


  • 1 tin of callaloo or a fresh bundle
  • 1 half of onion
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 cutlet of saltfish (500 grams)


  1. Boil saltfish in a deep pot of water for 45 minutes to rid of the excess salt. You can can the water twice or reboil if needed. Strip off the skin and break saltfish steak into small pieces.
  2. Prepare callaloo by opening and draining water from the tin. If you have fresh callaloo, wash it thoroughly and remove all seeds and flowers. Strip the translucent skin from the outer stalks and chop up finely.
  3. Heat up two tablespoons of butter or coconut oil in a pot or a pan for which you have a cover. Add half a diced onion. Fry until golden brown.
  4. Add callaloo with blackpepper and stir in well, cover the pot or pan and allow to steam on a low fire for 15 to 20 minutes. Don't add water as it will cook under its own natural water and undrained water from tin. Give it the occasional stir every now and then.

When finished steaming, add saltfish and stir in. Serve with hardough bread, fried dumplings, breadfruit, plantain, rice or hardfood. Add hot pepper to taste and enjoy!


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      Arthur 5 years ago

      This is a great way to cook this recipe

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      Latay 6 years ago

      Im so glad I found this can. Thank you

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      Stacy 6 years ago

      This recipe looks great, been looking for one for a while. I found a few more jamaican cooking recipes as well but I'm definitely gonna try this one out!


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      Erica 7 years ago

      I love eating this. It's expensive to buy at the Jamaican restaurant. So I think I will bookmark this and try it out myself.

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      If you love food then you'll love Callaloo and Saltfish, real tasty!

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I printed this out. I love food, and cooking. Thanks.