Saltfish Buljol Recipe

By Melissa Nestor - February 25, 2016

Saltfish (Cod Fish) Buljol is one of the number one Caribbean dishes. On islands like Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados and Dominica, this dish is consumed on a daily basis for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have so many fond memories of eating this salt fish dish with fried bake during my high school recess break. Good times!

Dried, salted Cod is imported by many Caribbean islands. It is boiled to remove the salt that was used to preserve it. In this dish, the wonderful flavor of the cod is brought out by mixing it with a blend of fresh garden herbs and vegetables such as onions, pepper, parsley and tomatoes. Combined together the these ingredients allow for the rich oceanic flavor of the Cod to stand out. This dish is usually eaten with Fried Bake or Coconut Johnny Bake along with a delicious cucumber salad.

On the island of Dominica this dish is called Cod fish or saltfish whereas if you were to visit Trinidad it is referred to as Buljol. Whilst living on the island of Dominica this was a delicacy for me. I loved eating saltfish Buljol with fried bake. You can find cod fish at your local farmers market.

This dish is not only delicious but also healthy. Here's the recipe:

Salt Fish Buljol


1/2 lb Cod Fish
1 Medium Onion (Chopped)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (Cubed)
2 Green Jalapenos (Cubed) - Optional Scotch Bonnet/ Habanero
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil - Optional Vegetable oil
1/4 Cup Celery - Sliced
1 Ripe Tomato (Cubed) -Optional


1.  Boil Salted Cod for 60 minutes to remove excess salt.

2. Remove from water and allow to cool.

3.  Using hands shred Cod into pieces, removing any bones.

4. To the bowl add oil, bell pepper, onion, celery stalks, green onion, cilantro (and cubed tomato).

5.  Add shredded cod and mix together

6. Serve with fried bake and/or avocado.

Enjoy MN!

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