Friday, April 16, 2010

Salt Mackerel and Provision


I really enjoy this dish. All the ingredients, prepared fresh, is as healthy as you could get: from the fresh herbs like chadon beni that I just went outside in the backyard to pick, to the provision bought in the market. Salt mackerel is a bit of a delicacy here in Trinidad and Tobago where it is prepared best in the manner that I'm posting today. Aside from the labourious cleaning of the salt mackerel that had me on my feet for a long time, the rest of the steps are manageable. A wonderful pesco vegetarian recipe I might add. :-)

2 lbs salt mackerel
3 medium dasheen
1 cassava
1 sweet potato
1 medium yam
6 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 pimento peppers, chopped
1 med sweet pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
8 leaves chadon beni, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
pepper to taste

Wash and peel the provision.

Boil the yam separately.

Boil the rest of the provision together.

Note: Boil provision with about 1 tbsp salt.

Salt Mackerel.

Soak the mackerel for 15 minutes then boil for 10 minutes.

Remove the bones and tender skin gently.

Note: Use a gentle scraping motion to get the skin off. I found that when I held the knife at a 45 degree angle away from me ( knife edge that is), to scrape the skin, it came off easily!

The salt mackerel, cleaned and ready to cook.

Heat the olive oil over a medium flame.

Saute the onion and garlic.

Then add the pimento and sweet pepper.

Add the tomato and allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Add the mackerel...

...chadon beni and celery

Mix thoroughly.

Add a little water and simmer for two minutes.
Here you can add some pepper if you want to.

The finished salt mackerel. Serve hot over the provision.

Did you enjoy this mackerel recipe? Well now that you know how to cook mackerel trinistyle why not share this recipe with your friends. I'm sure they will like it. :-)

Simply Trini Cooking




Oh gosh Felix, with tomorrow being Saturday, this seems like the perfect hearty dish to eat on a Saturday!

My mom would go crazy for that pickled mackerel.


I agree totally Cynthia. This is good home style food. I just wished they invented some way of emailing food. I would have asked you to email me a bowl lol! :-D


What is provision? a root vegetable?


Sorry about that, I meant to expplain. Provision is the name we use to class all root crops like dasheen (taro), cassava (manioc), eddoes, tannia, yam, sweet potato, etc. We also put plantain and green bananas in this category. Hope this helps =)

Magia da Inês

Olá, amiga!
Que saudades do seu cantinho!
Receita deliciosa!
Belas fotos do prato!
Boa semana!
Itabira - Brasil

Lori Lynn

I am positive I would love this dish Felix! Look at all those colors and flavors.

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