Salt fish cook-up, ideal ‘hurricane’ dish

Many Caribbean victims of recent hurricanes have found it difficult to get decent meals.

Salt fish cook upCooking for people living in Dominica, Cuba, United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, St. Maarten, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands

remains difficult.

So basic foods will have to suffice. To do this people have resorted to so-called “hurricane” or “rainy weather” foods. One example is cook-up salt fish with flour dumplings and green bananas or plantains. Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 lb. salt fish (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 dozen green bananas or three green plantains
  • Scallion


In a medium size Dutch pot, sauté onions, tomatoes and garlic. Add salt fish. Mix thoroughly and add ketchup.

Simmer for six to eight minutes, then add scallion and black pepper.

Put a large pot on the stove with water.

When the water begins to boil, add flour dumplings and peeled green bananas or plantains.

Make flour dumplings by kneading flour and cornmeal in a bowl and make into small round balls and then flattening in your palm and add to the same pot.

Add salt to taste.

Cook until done.

Serve dumplings and bananas/plantains with the cooked-up salt fish.