June 28, 2017

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Jamaican Cabbage and Saltfish: This is a quick and easy all-purpose recipe. That’s because you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It has been an easy go-to recipe of mine for years. Even when I don’t have a chance to soak the salted cod overnight, it is still easy enough to boil it a few times to get rid of some the salt.

Let’s call it a Jamaican stirfry! For breakfast or lunch you can pair it with hardough bread, boiled green bananas or festival. It goes well with white rice for dinner. Whatever way you enjoy it … enjoy it!

1lb Salted Codfish
1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
4 to 5 strips Bacon, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1lb or approx. 4 cups thickly sliced Cabbage
1/3 cup water

1. Soak codfish in saucepan overnight; drain water.
2. Add fresh water and boil for 2 minutes; drain codfish and rinse.
3. Flake codfish into small pieces and set aside

4. Pour oil in frying pan and fry bacon until crisp on Medium-High heat
5. Remove bacon and fry onion and tomato in bacon oil on Medium heat
6. Add salt, black pepper, pepper sauce and ketchup to onion and tomatoes and stir
7. Fold in cabbage, add water, cover and simmer on Low for 3 to 4 minutes until cabbage is wilted
8. Fold in codfish and bacon, cover and simmer on Low for 2 to 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with black pepper and serve white rice, boiled green bananas or festival

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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.



  • Reply
    February 7, 2013

    Thank you so much for your website, I am in retail service and sometimes it’s hard to get on the computer when I would like to. I have been to Jamaica many times but not lately. Your recipes take me back to my many days in Jamaica and the food I really enjoy. Thanks Syd Lennox Ontario Canada.

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    February 7, 2013

    Oh my dear, this really bring back memories! your an Angel thank you so much
    I will try this!
    Best Regards

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    donna reid
    February 7, 2013

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Donna Reid Loganville Georgia

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    February 7, 2013

    So glad to have you back! I used several of your recipes over the holidays, and all were delicious. Thank you for taking the time to share with those of us who want to cook like a Jamaican. I wish you and your family a blessed and prosperous New Year.

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      February 8, 2013

      I also used several of her recipes. So easy to do!!

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    February 8, 2013

    wow, this is one of my favorites. Haven’t had it in years, brings back lots of memories. Thank you so miss fay for this recipes, GOD BLESS!!

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    February 8, 2013

    Hi Miss Fay,
    thanks for the recipe1 yum!!

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    February 9, 2013

    Hi Faye. I live in Jamaica but find your recipes really helpful. Thank you so much. God Bless.

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    February 9, 2013

    Thank you once again for a delicious recipe.

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    February 9, 2013

    Thankyou Auntie fay, I love you and your cooking you remind me of my Auntie Myrtle, Ive used your recipies many times and the people I cook for love the results… Don’t tell xx

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    February 11, 2013

    It was like watching my Mom. I love your website and Facebook. Glad I found you.

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    February 14, 2013

    Wow just made this and finished my third helping. This reminds me of my childhood with my dad who is a genius on Jamaican food.

    Loved and light ,

    Keith x

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    February 27, 2013

    i cooked your jamaican cabbage tonight and it was fantastic, while i was serving a sentence in winson green prison a jamaican chef cooked this every week for us and it was beautiful but yours was better thankyou so much .

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    October 20, 2013

    I just finished cooking and eating this, oh my goodness Ms. Faye, amazing. I love it! I had it over white rice and I also made the Curry Shrimp-Amazing…I cannot wait to try many of the other recipes. I am looking forward to making the Jamaican Patties and the Cornmeal Pudding. Thanks for being so kind to share your recipes, love your videos as well. May God continue to bless you in the kitchen!!! and of course in LIFE! Blessings!

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    lynda (Atlanta)
    November 24, 2013

    Thank you for sharing all of your recipes. I made this for Sunday breakfast, along with boiled dumplings and it was soooo good. I added a piece of fresh thyme towards the end, as an added touch. Delicious!

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    April 8, 2014

    This was simply delicous !! thank you for the great recipe! reminds me of when Ivisited Jamaica in 1990!
    Great cookin Mama !

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    May 16, 2014

    To cook the cabbage by itself, do I use the same ingredients?

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      Fay & Angela
      May 26, 2014

      Hi Cynthia,
      Yes, just don’t add the saltfish.

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    July 14, 2015

    Fay, this was delicious! Both children absolutely loved it and I’m sure their father will too when I make it without the bacon. This will certainly become a staple in our home!
    Thanks so much for another delicious recipe that pleased!

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