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Saltfish and butter bean recipe

Jamaican saltfish and butter bean recipe

This Saltfish and butter bean recipe is one of my favourite. Saltfish and butter beans, you couldn't ask for a better combination
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword Saltfish and butter bean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 215kcal
Author Lesa


  • 1 lb Saltfish (salted cod)
  • 8.5 oz Butter bean
  • 5 oz Bell pepper Chopped
  • 2 oz Onion Chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic Finely chopped
  • 3 oz Tomato chopped
  • 4 oz Okra Thinly sliced
  • 3 Sprig of dried thyme
  • ½ Scotch bonnet pepper Remove seeds and finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup


  • Wash and soak the saltfish overnight or for at least 2 hours. It's best to soak the fish overnight, as the longer the saltfish soak, the more the salty taste reduces.
  • Place the saltfish in a pot with fresh water and put to boil for 15 to 20 minutes. This helps to soften the fish and remove more of the salt.
  • Pour away the boiled water and wash the saltfish with cold water. Once the saltfish is cool, remove the fish scale/skin and bones (not necessary if you are using boneless and skinless cod). Flake the saltfish and set it aside.
  • Add oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper and thyme to the pan and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until the onion softens.
  • Add the saltfish flakes, stirring continuously for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the okra, bell pepper and tomato (you can add these before adding the saltfish, but I like to "fry" the saltfish before adding the vegetables).
  • Add the butter beans, a tbsp of water and the ketchup if you are using it. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables cook.


  1. Although I only added okra and bell pepper to the recipe, you can add whatever vegetable you like. Sometimes, I would add string beans or carrots, depending on my mood.
  2. In the instructions, I added the saltfish before the vegetables, but you can also add the vegetables before the saltfish.  
  3. Using ketchup is optional, but I like to use it because it adds a hint of sweetness and helps to reduce the tastiness of the fish. 


Serving: 250g | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 1136mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3081IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg