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Ital Ackee (Vegan Ackee Recipe)

Ital Ackee dish for the vegetarians

This ital ackee dishis suitable for vegetarians. If you are unable to or do not eat fish or meat but want to enjoy the delicious taste of the ackee try this recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 98 kcal


  • 1 Can of ackee Or use 1 dozen fresh ackee
  • 1 Small onion Sliced
  • 1 Medium tomato Sliced
  • ½ Sweet bell pepper Sliced
  • 2 Cloves garlic Crush
  • 2 Scallions (spring onions)
  • 3 Sprig of dried thyme
  • ¼ - ½ Scotch bonnet pepper Remove seed
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable oil


  • Open the can of ackee and pour it into a strainer and leave to drain. Depends on how hard the ackee is (some brands are really hard) you nay want to boil the for about 5 minutes.
  • If you are using fresh ackee, pluck the ackee pods out of the outer skin and remove the seeds and the pink aril. Wash, place in a saucepan cover with water and cook for 15 to 20 minutes then drain.
  • Fire on medium, heat the oil in a saucepan then add the onions, garlic and thyme and saute until the onion is soft.
  • Add the tomato, sweet pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, scallions and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir continuously.
  • Stir in the ackee. Cover the pot, turn the heat to low and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so not to burn.


If you are using can ackee be careful when cooking. If you are not careful you can easily turn the ackee to porridge. 
When cook, serve with plantain fritters, festival dumpling, plain rice or our pumpkin rice.
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