Saltfish Buljol Recipe Trinidad Style
Today’s busy modern lifestyles often relegate breakfast to an afterthought. What’d you grab this morning while rushing out the door to catch the train, or beat traffic? Cereal bar? Banana? Bagel? Whatever it was, it’s unlikely to have had the spice and flavor of saltfish buljol.
Growing up with Trini parents, I often awoke to buljol, especially on weekends when we had more time to ease into the day. You won’t need much coffee with this special treat either, as it packs enough hot pepper to wake even the groggiest souls.
What is saltfish buljol?
Buljol is nothing more than a kind of salad from Trinidad and Tobago. Usually a side dish, you can find it everywhere from purveyors of West Indian influenced haute cuisine to the most authentic holes in the wall throughout the Caribbean. But I like to enjoy it as it should be: for breakfast with a johnny cake!
How to make saltfish buljol
The ingredients are straightforward. It’s just salt fish usually salted cod, hot peppers, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and oil. Making it is just as simple. First, you soak the fish overnight. Then, using a large skillet in boiling water remove the excess salt. Taste fish at this point to check saltiness. If it’s still salty repeat step two until it isn’t. In a bowl, break up the fish with your fingers into small pieces. Finally, add freshly chopped peppers, onions, and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix it up, and you’re done.
This saltfish buljol recipe Trinidad style should take no more than 10-15 minutes from soaked fish to savory meal.
- 1/2 pound salted cod
- 1 large tomato
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh hot pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 sweet pepper, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- The night before, put your salted cod to soak in water.
- Break the fish into pieces and place in a saucepan with cold water.
- Gradually heat to boiling and throw away water.
- Repeat until the salty taste is removed (fish should taste fresh).
- Remove skin and bones and break pieces of fish into even smaller pieces.
- Finally, blend the fish with the remaining ingredients.