Caribbean Codfish


Loretta's Caribbean Codfish This recipe was contributed to Foods Matter (and then to Go Dairy Free) by Loretta Jay. Loretta Jay, M.A., is a community planner and the President of Parasol, a consulting organization that specializes in the management of food allergies and celiac disease.

Wheat, gluten, corn, soya, dairy, egg & nut free

Whether you are travelling in the Caribbean or not, if you can get some saltfish this will certainly make for a great West Indian dinner. Salt cod is a dehydrated fish, which is common in the Caribbean, and is preserved with salt so easily stored without refrigeration. However, salt cod is also quite widely eaten in northern Europe, Spain and Portugal so, if you do not have a Caribbean store locally, it should not be too difficult to find.

Caribbean Codfish
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1¼ lb salt cod or saltfish
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1¼ lb rice or quinoa
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh coriander
  • approx 4 cups water
  1. Soak the fish in enough water to cover for at least three hours. Pour out water and rinse the fish one additional time.
  2. In large sauté pan or saucepan, sauté onions, tomatoes and garlic in oil until onions are soft – this should take about five minutes.
  3. Add the fish, cut up into 2.5cm pieces and cook for 5 minutes more.
  4. Add rice or quinoa, dried coriander and water. Stir gently so that the contents are evenly distributed.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed – add extra if you need to.
  7. Adjust the seasoning to taste and, if you are using fresh coriander, chop it and stir it in before serving.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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