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Indulge in the rich and comforting flavors of the Caribbean with our Stewed Saltfish recipe. This dish, a culinary gem of the islands, combines flaky salted cod with a medley of aromatic herbs and spices for a satisfying and soul-warming experience.
Gather these ingredients to embark on a culinary journey to the Caribbean:
1 lb (450g) salted codfish
2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon (5g) thyme leaves
1 teaspoon (5g) paprika
1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) black pepper
1 cup (240ml) coconut milk
Follow these steps to create the perfect Stewed Saltfish
Prepare the Saltfish:
Soak the salted codfish in cold water overnight, changing the water at least twice. This helps to reduce the saltiness. Once soaked, flake the cod into bite-sized pieces.
In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, and sliced bell pepper until softened and fragrant.
Add Codfish and Spices:
Incorporate the flaked salted cod into the skillet. Sprinkle thyme leaves, paprika, and black pepper over the mixture. Stir well to ensure the cod is evenly coated with the aromatic spices.
Simmer in Coconut Milk:
Pour the coconut milk into the skillet, creating a luscious base for your stew. Allow the mixture to simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
Stewed Saltfish is best served over a bed of fluffy white rice, boiled provisions, or fried dumplings. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a burst of color and freshness.
With its harmonious blend of salted cod, aromatic spices, and creamy coconut milk, Stewed Saltfish is a Caribbean classic that brings a taste of the islands to your table. It's not just a dish it's a celebration of flavors.