May 31, 2016

cameraWatch our step-by-step video for this recipe below

 

My husband Eddie and I went to my nephew’s wedding in Hawaii a few years ago and we couldn’t believe the abundance of breadfruit trees. Plus, the breadfruits hanging from the trees were huge and luscious. It reminded me that there’s nothing like the taste of a breadfruit roasted over an open flame then peeled and fried. It has a wonderful smoky flavour!

Though it’s a fruit, breadfruit is eaten as a starch, usually like rice or yam as a side dish to Ackee and Saltfish, Callaloo and the like. I thought it would be fun to show you that, though not ideal, you can roast and fry breadfruit at home in a conventional oven. If you live in a multicultural city, like I do, you should be able to find it. Try a West Indian or tropical food grocer, or head to Chinatown where you’ll probably find it, though they may have another name for it. The larger the breadfruit the better.
 
It’s so easy to roast and fry a breadfruit that you really don’t need a recipe: Place it in a 375-degree oven for  1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the size. Then peel it, slice and fry it quickly in cooking oil. Sprinkle with salt and you’re done. It should be crispy on the outside and soft and dense inside. Enjoy!

 

Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

16 Comments

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    Ann
    February 13, 2013

    Wow Fay! Thanks for this video. This is very similar to how my Dad makes my breadfruit for me whenever I visit Jamaica. He doesn’t like it fried, but I do. It’s usually my first meal off the plane. I like it served with ackee and saltfish.

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    Shareese
    February 13, 2013

    Hi Mrs. Fay!
    Oh yes, I certainly do know what that is! My asked me what my favorite food was and I replied, “roast breadfruit”! There is nothing like it!
    Blessings!

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    Amy
    February 13, 2013

    Wow, this really looks delish! I wonder if I could find breadfruit in the grocery stores in Nebraska?

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      Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 19, 2013

      Hi Amy,
      I’d be curious to find out whether you find Breadfruit in Nebraska… you might be surprised! Blessings, Fay

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    Therese
    February 14, 2013

    I guessed it, Fay!
    We have travelled to Jamaica several times over the past couple of years, and on the last two occasions were treated to breadfruit, roasted on an open fire, by some friends we made in the nearby village.

    I look forward to your video – thanks so much!

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    Janet Francis
    February 14, 2013

    Fay this is wonderful, brought back great memories as well. Your cooking reminds me of Home Sweet
    Home…cheers!

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    Omar
    February 14, 2013

    I’ll try to fry some breadfruit this weekend. Thanks for the recipe

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    nareen
    February 14, 2013

    Hi Miss Faye,
    I livew in alberta and its hard to find some caribbean produce. I have tried to find salffish, but unable to.
    thanks for the recipes… remind me of my first hoome sweet home!!
    thank you!!!
    God bless

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      Kate
      February 16, 2013

      Nareen, look for it at or near your market’s fish counter as dried salt cod fish. I live in Massachusetts and don’t often see it available, but notice it more around Christmas. The italians call it Baccala, the spanish & portugese pronounce it Bacalao, though they may be spelled differently.

      Miss Fay, I am a big fan of breadfruit. And LOVE it fried with a little salt. I recently spent 2 weeks in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth and we found none ready to pick. 🙁

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      Khalia
      February 18, 2013

      You can find salt fish at Walmart and Superstore in Alberta. Or if you are in Emonton you can also find it at Spice Island off 164 abd Stoney Plane Rd

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    Peter
    July 9, 2013

    Miss Fay, I followed your instructions for the breadfruit as we don’t often have the opportunity of getting good ones in Vancouver. They came out perfectly! We had it with a dish of ackee and saltfish and pear (of course) and it was delicious! Thanks!

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    ana
    January 13, 2014

    i am from Puerto Rico and love breadfruit all my life. i will tried to make this way. my sister makes a flan with ripe breadfruit its delicious. thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    Kinsman
    May 21, 2014

    My dad used to fry breadfruit for me and my siblings when we were little in Nigeria

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    Marie Alohalani
    October 26, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing this video!

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    ken
    June 20, 2015

    Go this at Giant Foods in Pa. Very.good flavor

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    anonymous
    July 3, 2015

    Omg i found this fruit growing everywhere in my neighborhood and I live in Texas.

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