June 28, 2017

“Cook Up” or Seasoned Rice is exactly what it sounds like. Seasoned rice with lots of great ingredients packed into it. I guess you could say it’s the Jamaican version of Fried Rice.  When I was growing up my mother would use salted pork instead of bacon, but otherwise most of the other ingredients are the same. If you’re not able to get your hands on Jamaican pumpkin then butternut squash makes a good substitute. I used to make this dish a lot for my own family when my kids were young. It’s a great go-to recipe because it so quick and easy. Perfect for a Friday night when you just want to throw a meal together.

8-oz Salted cod fish
2 Tbsp  Cooking oil
8 oz Bacon, chopped
1 med Onion chopped
¼ each Red and Green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups Jamaican pumpkin or butternut squash, cut in small chunks
2 cups Cabbage, chopped
2 cups Hot water
1 tsp Hot pepper sauce
1 Tbsp Ketchup
Black pepper
2 cups  Long-Grain or Basmati Rice

1. Soak salted cod for 4 hours in cold water to remove some of the salt. Drain and break or cut into small pieces; set aside
2. Heat oil in saucepan. Add bacon to pan and fry until lightly crisp; remove from pan and set aside
3. Add onion,  tomato, and  red and green bell peppers and stir fry for 1 min
4. Add pumpkin, cabbage and stir. Add hot water, bacon, salted cod, hot pepper sauce and ketchup; stir and season to taste with black pepper and salt
5. Add rice  and stir gently; bring everything to a boil then lower heat to minimum; cover and steam until rice is cooked. Note: A bit more water maybe needed depending on the rice used.
6. When rice is cooked fluff with fork and serve
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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
    January 30, 2013

    Had this for lunch today, nice one-pot. Keep them coming.

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    February 13, 2013

    Hello Miss Fay I would like to know what kind of rice you use for your dishes jasmine or parboil or brown rice

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 15, 2013

      Hi Sonia,
      I use regular long-grain white rice. I personally don’t like parboiled rice. And, though I like brown rice it takes longer to cook and I’ve never used it to make this recipe. Blessings, Fay

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    February 13, 2013

    Made this today so quick and easy to make, beyond tasty used smoked turkey rashers as we don’t eat the pork yum

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    June 7, 2013

    Hi Miss Fay,
    Thanks again for another delicious recipe. Just had this for dinner tonight. It was so easy to make. My boyfriend went back for seconds. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it with the salt fish since we both have high blood pressure. It’s truly a blessing for you to share your recipe’s for all to enjoy.

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    January 18, 2014

    I’m sooooooooooo going to try this tomorrow.

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    December 8, 2014

    Hi Miss Fay! This looks great, and reminds me of my Grandmother-in-Law’s seasoned rice … question, do you think it would be okay to substitute shrimp for the saltfish? My husband and I aren’t the biggest saltfish fans, but I’d love to make this for us since we’re not close to Grandma!

    • Reply Fay & Angela
      Fay & Angela
      December 12, 2014

      Hi Taryn,
      Yes, no problem you can substitute the saltfish for shrimp. I also like to use both when I have them around. Enjoy! Fay

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