I grew up enjoying ackee and saltfish and since changing my diet, I have learned how to cook ackee without saltfish, like my and Jamaican Ackee Pizza recipes. Ackee is so versatile due to it’s delicate it makes the perfect vegan egg replacement for making quiche.
What Is Ackee?
Ackee is a fruit that is popular in Jamaica, actually being the native fruit of the island. Although it is not a native fruit, it was brought there from West Africa in the 18th Century, probably on the slave ships.
It has since been enjoyed on the island especially paired with saltfish to make the flavorful national dish called, ‘ackee and saltfish.’
Ackee is a member of the soapberry family, like longan berry and lychee. The pinkish red-skinned fruit has yellow flesh attached to glossy black seeds. The creamy yellow flesh is the only edible part of the ackee, the seed and membrane are highly toxic.
The fruit must naturally ripen on the tree and split open exposing the yellow flesh clinging to the black seeds before it can be eaten. For this reason, only canned ackees are allowed in the USA market.
Ackee has a lot of protein, essential fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A.
What Does Ackee Taste Like?
Ackee, when cooked, looks a lot like scrambled eggs, it is creamy with a bland flavor. For that reason, ackee is usually cooked with seasonings like onion, garlic, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, scallion, and thyme. Ackee can also be eaten raw but it is not as flavorful.
The fact that cooked ackee looks like a scrambled egg, I decided to make a vegan quiche recipe, the result was amazing. Chickpea flour combined with water made the perfect gluten-free vegan batter. I also added nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy flavor.
The batter was baked in muffin pans for the cutest, mini quiche or vegan breakfast muffin. They are perfect to serve for the holiday such as Easter, Mother’s Day Brunch or a grab and go breakfast. You can also try my other delicious Easy Vegan Quiche recipe.
How To Make Vegan Ackee Quiche?
Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Prepare a 6 cavity muffin pan with cooking spray or muffin liners, set aside. Make a batch of and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix chickpea flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and water into a smooth batter. Add cooked ackee and stir. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Transfer muffin pan to a cooling rack. Serve on a plate, garnish with chopped tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Course: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Jamaican
- Energy: 373 kcal / 1559 kJ
- Fat: 22 g
- Protein: 12 g
- Carbs: 33 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 40 min
- Ready in: 50 min
- For: 6 Servings
- 1 vegan ackee recipe, *link to recipe
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Prepare a 6 cavity muffin pan with cooking spray or muffin liners, set aside. Make a batch of vegan ackee recipe and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix chickpea flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and water into a smooth batter. Add cooked ackee and stir. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- Transfer muffin pan to a cooling rack. Serve on a plate, garnish with chopped tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.
Great recipe! I made it today to try Ackee for the first time. I eat a lot of jackfruit and thought it was time to try another fruit to add to my vegan recipes. It’s amazing to prepare a fruit that you can use as a meat substitute. I enjoy my vegan journey so much more when I find recipes like yours. Thank you for inspiring me! I look forward to future recipes. Happy July 4th! Have a blessed day!
Betty, I’m so happy you found my recipe. Yes ackee is one of my favorite fruits. Congrats on your journey and thank you very much for your feedbsack.
Beautiful recipe. Will try it soon
Thank you Dear
Everything about this looks perfect
I LOVE this ackee quiche recipe!!!! They came out fantastic! I made mine a little smaller for a more bite sized muffin to go with other brunch items. Thank you so much fir posting!
Jennifer, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I love how you made them in bite-sized muffins. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.
I absolutely loved this! The flavors were bursting. I am so happy to have another way to eat ackee other than the traditional way.
Charnele, thank you very much. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.