Caribbean Fried (Sautéed) Salt Fish Recipe

Fried salt fish

The Spruce


  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings fried salt fish
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There are many ways in which salt fish is prepared in the Caribbean but the most popular way is fried.

We say fried but what we really mean is sautéed with thyme, lots of onions, tomatoes and hot pepper.

When cooked this way, the salt fish can be eaten with rice, roti or ground provisions. It is most popularly eaten with bakes (a fried dough).

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • Minced hot pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 ounces de-salted salt fish, broken into small pieces or shredded

How to Make It

  1. Add oil to a medium skillet and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add thyme and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add garlic, tomatoes, hot pepper and salt to taste and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add shredded salt fish, tossing to mix, and reduce heat to low and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes tossing every 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Fold in green onions 1 minute before the dish is finished. Remove from heat and serve hot or at room temperature.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 202
    Total Fat 16 g
    Saturated Fat 2 g
    Unsaturated Fat 10 g
    Cholesterol 28 mg
    Sodium 37 mg
    Carbohydrates 7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 9 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)