Jamaica’s First Ackee and Saltfish Waffle Recipe.

Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

Jamaica’s First Ackee and Saltfish Waffle are like no other. These  waffles are unique, loaded with flavor. Drizzle with maple syrup or your favorite topping, and you will enjoy this perfect treat any time of the day. Try this easy waffle recipe. Make a few batches, freeze and reheat for enjoyment later.

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Fun Facts About Ackee

Have you ever eaten ackee? If not, here are a few fun facts: The inedible skin of the ackee fruit is pinkish-yellow. Inside each pod are 3 yellow edible portions with black seeds.

Ackee is said to be brought to the island of Jamaican from West Africa. In addition, the name originates from the  Ghanian name Ankye. However, the scientific name is Blighia Sapida.

Today, if you travel across  Jamaica, you will observe ackee trees embellished and loaded with this beautiful fruit across all 14 parishes.



From Tree-to-Waffle

Ackee is named Jamaica's national fruit. It has a very distinct smell. When cooked, it resembles buttery scrambled eggs. The fruit takes on the flavor of whatever other food item it is cooked with.
In addition, the fruit is used as an ingredient in a number of creative dishes. The Ackee and Saltfish Waffle is the newest recipe added to the list of dishes.

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Jamaica's National Dish

Ackee and saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish. 

It is usually served with dumplings and/or root vegetables or “ground provisions” as they are commonly called in Jamaica. However, the national dish can be eaten with any starchy food items.

One of my favorite food memory is ackee and saltfish sandwiched between two slices of hard dough bread.

Food Explora’s one-pot meal in a waffle, can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.

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Feel the taste of Jamaica

Taste a piece of Jamaica with this delicious ackee and saltfish waffle. Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy, are just some of the textures and bursts of flavors your tastebuds will enjoy with every bite.

Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

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Jamaica's Ackee and Saltfish Waffle

Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

Here are all the ingredients you will need.

Below are Amazon ingredient links for your shopping convenience.

Canned Ackee

Fresh Garlic

Oil Spray

black pepper grinder

black Pepper





Dried Thyme Leaves




Brown Sugar

Red Bell Pepper

Olive Oil


Baking Powder

Green Bell Pepper


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Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

Jamaica's First Ackee and Saltfish Waffle Recipe

Kevin Foodie
The saltiness of the codfish, the crunchiness of the vegetables, and the creaminess of the ackee make the tastiest waffle you will ever eat.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 6 People


  • Sauce Pans
  • Wok or Cast Iron Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Waffle Maker
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk


Ackee and codfish

  • 1 lb Salted Codfish
  • 1.5 cups Ackee
  • 1 cup Green Bell Pepper, Finely Diced
  • 1 cup Red Bell Pepper, Finely Diced
  • ½ cup Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 2 tsp. Thyme, Dried
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Black Pepper

Waffle Batter

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • cup Fine Cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 can Olive Oil Spray


Let's Make Jamaican Ackee & Saltfish

  • Codfish or "saltfish" as it's commonly called in Jamaica, is paired with our national fruit: ackee. If you are conscious about your salt intake, then fresh pollock fish is a perfect substitute. It smells similar to salted cod and has a very meaty texture.
    Soak saltfish in warm water for 1-2 hours. This helps to remove some of the salt, especially on the surface, and also rehydrate the flesh. If you don't have time, you can rinse salted fish under warm running water and then follow the next step.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • In a saucepan, bring to boil codfish in 1 quart of tap water. Boil for 20 minutes. Some people repeat this step twice to ensure that most of the salt is removed.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • I used fresh ackee received from Jamaica that was previously frozen. When you freeze ackee, the texture changes, they become softer and cook faster. In a pot with 2 cups water, cook ackee for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Strain water and set aside.
    It is difficult to find fresh ackee here in the US. However, canned ackee may be purchased on Amazon; they are just as good. Open the can with a can opener, drain the brine and set it aside into a bowl.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles
  • On a cutting board, dice the sweet peppers, onion. Thinly slice the scallion and use a garlic press to crush garlic cloves. Set aside.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles
  • After saltfish is boiled, strain the salted water. Run cold water over hot codfish to cool them down. Make sure it's cool enough then flake codfish by removing the flesh from the bones. You do not want to have any bones among the flaked flesh. Set aside in a bowl.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • In a wok or cast iron pot, heat olive oil for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the onion, crushed garlic, and thyme leaves. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes until translucent.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • The 1 lb. codfish yielded 1.5 cups of flaked codfish. Add fish to the onion mixture. Mix together and continue cooking for another 2 minutes over low flame.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • Add the cooked ackee to the saltfish mixture and stir.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles
  • Add your sweet peppers and combine all ingredients thoroughly.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

Now It's Time To Make The Waffle Batter

  • Use a strainer to sieve the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • Add cornmeal and 2 tbsps. of brown sugar. Use a whisk to combine all the dry ingredients.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • Pour water into dry ingredients and mix well. Add the 2 whole eggs and continue mixing until a uniform batter is formed.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • Use a metal spoon to add the delicious ackee and codfish to the batter. Mix very well.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles
  • Mix all ingredients together until the ackee and codfish are evenly distributed.
    Jamaica Ackee and Codfish Waffles
  • I had this waffle maker for years and it has served me well. If you don't own one, check out my links to Amazon for your shopping convenience. Plug the waffle maker to warm up. Grease the base of the waffle maker on both sides with the can of olive oil spray.
    waffle maker
  • Use a measuring cup to scoop about ½ cup of the batter on each side of the waffle maker. Close lid and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. Initially, you will observe a lot of steam coming from the sides of the waffle maker. As it gets closer to finishing cooking, the steam will decrease or stop. This is an indication that the waffles are ready to be removed.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles
  • Remove waffles and repeat the process. This recipe makes 12 waffles and serves about 6 people. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and enjoy.
    Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles


Food Explora's Ackee and Saltfish Waffle Storage and Reheating Tip
If you have leftover ackee and saltfish waffles, wrap waffles in wax paper and place them in a plastic container or zip lock bags. Store them in the freezer. They can last up to 3 months.
Reheat in an air fryer or a toaster oven.
Keyword Ackee, Ackee and Codfish, Ackee and Codfish Waffles, Homemade, Jamaica National Dish, Jamaican food, Waffles

If you love my Ackee and Codfish Waffle, then you are going to also love these delicious Jamaican ackee dishes.

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Jamaica Ackee and saltfish Waffles

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28 thoughts on “Jamaica’s First Ackee and Saltfish Waffle Recipe.”

  1. Ok i haven’t heard of ackee before. I liked the bell pepper ingredients to add a bit if sweetness, and then olive oil was interesting, to change it back to savory. Seems great to try. Xx
    Isa A. Blogger

  2. I’ve never tried anything like this before but I’m 100% going to change that. This has really taken my fancy, it looks and sounds delicious. I love a good waffle haha. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  3. The dish looks amazing and the recipe seems easy to follow, which is useful as I’m not a great cook. I’ve never heard of an Ackee, so I have no idea what it’ll taste like or if I’ll like it. I’m not even sure if it’s something I can buy in the UK, but I won’t know unless I try finding it. I’m not a fan of anything seafood related though, so I’ll skip the saltfish should I try it

  4. 5 stars
    I love Jamaican food. Ackee is one of my favorite Jamaican foods. My grandmother who is from Jamaican used to make this for the whole family. I never had it though with a waffle. I would love to see how it taste.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried ackee or saltfish before, so I’m curious to give it a try. This recipe looks delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I had never heard of ackee and this recipe just completely sold it to me! The waffles look crispy and yummy, plus the saltfish…yes please! This looks like a dish that should be in a restaurant, Kevin!

  7. I have never heard of Jamaica’s national fruit or dish. Your national recipe seems not only delicious but healthy as well.

    Thanks for sharing your memories of your favorite dish.

  8. 5 stars
    This breakfast looks amazing! I often get bored of cooking eggs every morning so this is perfect. I’ve been learning how to cook from your blogs. Very helpful!

  9. 5 stars
    I have never tried ackee and find it interesting that it takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with. Thank you for including the links, especially the canned ackee. I love that all of the ingredients are cooked directly into the waffle. At first sight, I thought some of the ingredients were the topping in the picture. Is that a waffle split and placed on top? It’s a beautiful presentation!

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