Once in a while I like to go here; that salty and irresistible treat. It’s a delicious dish from my Jamaican ‘roots’ that is mainly served with boiled green bananas and dumplings. And if you’re a true Jamaican, you know that fried plantains and steamed callaloo(spinach) or cabbage have to be added as sides. Because it’s a bit sodium packed I consume it infrequently.

Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain
Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain

Pickled mackerel comes in fillet and bone-in. Both types are packed with sodium as a way of flavoring and preserving the fish. So, I secured the fillet type and went to work.


  1. Rinse with tap cold water for a few times.
  2. Place in stock pot, cover with cold water and boil for about five minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse. Then, repeat boil for another five minutes
  4. Drain and rinse with cold water if needed after doing a taste test for amount of salt.
  5. Flake fish and set aside.
  6. In a skillet under low to medium heat, add oil and saute chopped onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers and crushed all spice (pimento). Season with pinch of salt, black pepper and sprinkle of sugar.
  7. Add flaked mackerel with a drizzle of vinegar and lemon/lime.
  8. If desire add a sprinkle black pepper and finish with chopped scallion/or parsley.
  9. Serve with sides of choice.

Guys, least I forget, I never serve my pickled mackerel without a slice of nature’s butter (avocado).



Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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