Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish

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This Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish recipe is reminiscent of cook up salt fish that I grew up enjoying growing up in Jamaica. Hearts of palm brined, chopped and cooked with Jamaican herbs and spices made this dish a tasty treat. It is perfect to cook with Vegan Ackee

Vegan Jamaican  Salt Fish

Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish is a must-try recipe, as a vegan, I try to recreate the dishes that I enjoyed growing up, the flavors bring back warm memories of my mom’s cooking. She often served salt fish with Boiled Dumplings and Callaloo

Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish

Saltfish or dry salted cod has been a staple in Jamaica. Our national dish is prepared with saltfish and ackee.

Cod was heavily salted to preserve them, for this reason it is important to soak the cod in water to remove the salt before it was cooked. 

For this reason, the hearts of palm is soaked in brine before preparing. Hearts of palm can be found in most major supermarkets. 

veggies and herbs being sauteed in a skillet

What Are Hearts Of Palm?

Hearts of palm comes from the inner core of certain varieties of palm trees, like coconut, palmetto, acai palm, and peach palm.

Hearts of palm is rich in fiber, iron, zinc, potassium. It is great in salads and also Vegan Fish Tacos.

 

Ingredients For Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish

  • Hearts Of Palm – found in most major supermarkets or on Amazon.
  • Salt – I used Himalayan Pink Salt.
  • Water – I used filtered water. 
  • Cooking Oil – use your favorite oil for cooking, I used coconut oil.
  • Onion – added for flavor, use yellow or white onion.
  • Garlic – 2 cloves of garlic minced are great.
  • Thyme – I like to use fresh thyme, you can also dried thyme works great as well.
  • Green Onion – the unique grassy flavor of the green onion is a must. 
  • Red Bell Pepper – added for beautiful color and sweet flavor.
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper – gives a unique flavor to this recipe, you can substitute with habanero or cayenne pepper. 
  • Tomato – a Roma tomato is great but any tomato will work fine.
  • Black Pepper – I personally leave black pepper out but it gives an authentic flavor. 
  • Maine Coast Sea Seasoning or Crushed Nori Sheet – for a strong fishy flavor.

jamaican vegan salt fish in a white skillet on a grey background with white napkin

How To Cook Vegan Saltfish?

  1. Chop hearts of palm and place in a bowl. Add water to cover, stir in salt and allow to sit for about 1 hour.
  2. Drain hearts of palm and rinse, set aside. 
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onion. garlic, thyme and cook until the onion is soft about 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in green onion, red bell pepper, Scotch bonnet pepper, and tomatoes. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the hearts of palm and stir. Cook the vegan saltfish until flavors meld and tomatoes are reduced, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Season with salt and black pepper. 

Other Tasty Jamaican Recipes To Prepare

  1. Jamaican Vegan Run Down
  2. Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
  3.  Rice And Peas
  4. Stew Peas And Dumplings
  5. Jamaican Spice Bun

vegan salt fish recipe on a white plate with yellow yam, and callaloo on a grey background

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 66 kcal / 276 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 8 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 25 min
For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chop hearts of palm and place in a bowl. Add water to cover, stir in salt and allow to sit for about 1 hour.
  2. Drain hearts of palm and rinse, set aside. 
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onion. garlic, thyme and cook until the onion is soft about 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in green onion, red bell pepper, Scotch bonnet pepper, and tomatoes. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the hearts of palm and stir. Allow the vegan saltfish to cook until flavors meld and tomatoes are reduced. 
  6. Season with salt and black pepper. 
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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4 Comments
  1. Jenny
    July 20, 2020

    I loved it, such a great flavor!

  2. Janet
    May 29, 2020

    I’ve never seen a scotch bonnet pepper. What can I use instead of it?