Ackee & Tofu

Ackee & Tofu

Ackee is a fruit which is eaten as a vegetable. It’s Jamaica’s national fruit and a part of the national dish. It has come to represent community and is extremely valuable because when the tree bears fruit it can feed a large number of people. It’s normally found in every garden and people normally share their ackee between neighbours so no-one goes hungry when ackee is in season.

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  • mains
  • lunches


  • 1 tin (540g) ackee (any brand)
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 large head of spring onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp chilli powder (optional… if you like extra heat)
  • 1 chilli or scotch bonnet pepper (use ¼ of pepper), finely diced
  • 1-2 sweet peppers (different colours), finely diced
  • 60ml/¼ cup water (approx)
  • 160-200g tofu (plain or marinated), precooked
  • Sprig of thyme (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black and white pepper


  1. Rinse and drain the ackee
  2. Heat some oil in a large frying pan and then add the chopped vegetables.
  3. Sautee on a low flame until the onions are cooked.
  4. Add the chilli powder (if using) and stir through for a minute.
  5. Add the tofu, then the water and simmer.
  6. Add the ackee, salt, pepper (black and white), to taste.
  7. If using thyme and garlic, add these at this stage.
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes until everything is cooked through. Adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  9. Serve with boiled basmati or brown rice. If you’re feeling brave… try boiling some green bananas and yams 🙂

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