Vegan Ackee Quiche

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.

Straight on vegan ackee quiche recipe topped with avocado tomato and cilantro on a white plate with tomatoes on the vine
Enjoy this flavorful vegan ackee quiche recipe. Creamy ackee cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper and mixed with a savory chickpea batter then baked to perfection. Easy to prepare, the perfect holiday breakfast, brunch or tea recipe. 

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. 

Easy vegan quiche in muffin pan with tomatoes in the background and a black and white stripe napkin to the side on a marbled background
Enjoy this flavorful vegan ackee quiche recipe. Creamy ackee cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper and mixed with a savory chickpea batter then baked to perfection. Easy to prepare, the perfect holiday breakfast, brunch or tea recipe. 

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. 

Step by step collage of vegan ackee quiche, with dry mix in the bowl, followed by added water and cooked

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.

For Other Muffin Ideas Try

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Overlay vegan ackee quiche recipe topped with avocado tomato and cilantro on a white plate with tomatoes on the vine

Vegan Ackee Quiche

Enjoy this flavorful vegan ackee quiche recipe. Creamy ackee cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper and mixed with a savory chickpea batter then baked to perfection. Easy to prepare, the perfect holiday breakfast, brunch or tea recipe. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: vegan ackee quiche
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 150kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Vegan Ackee

  • 1 can Jamaican ackee drained and set aside
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 medium tomato chopped or 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut into halves
  • 1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper or 1 Habanero (for flavor optional)
  • sea salt to taste

Chickpea Batter

  • 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

Garnishes

  • avocado
  • tomato
  • cilantro

Instructions

To Prepare The Ackee

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and bell pepper and cook for another minute. Add spring onions, thyme and tomatoes and cook stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add ackee to skillet with salt and Scotch Bonnet pepper stirring gently to coat with seasonings.
  • Cover skillet and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. Delicious served with dumplings, callaloo and fried plantains.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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.

  3. 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this! The flavors were bursting. I am so happy to have another way to eat ackee other than the traditional way.

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