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Ackee Stir Fry

Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, although it is mostly used in savoury dishes, and its consistency is soft and silky. You can buy tins of Ackee in West Indian stores and wholefood shops.

Ackee Stir-fry

Serves 4

Prep time 15 minutes | Cook time 5 minutes


  • 1 tin ackee (340g drained weight)
  • 250g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, sliced
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp jerk spice paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1-2 habanero chilli, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 tsp jerk spice mix


  1. Drain the Ackee and rinse.
  2. Trim the tops off the green beans. Finely slice the peppers and spring onion.
  3. Heat a large wok. Fry the jerk spice paste for a few seconds. Add the pepper and green beans, adding splashes of water to help create steam to cook the vegetables.
  4. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender but still with a bite to them. Add the Ackee, sliced chilli and spring onion and stir-fry for a further minute, sprinkle with jerk spice mix.
  5. Serve with plain rice or Spiced Fried Rice with Smoked Tofu and Peas.

Delicious food photography by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures.

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