Trini Saltfish Buljol

Trini Saltfish Buljol

Trini Saltfish Buljol Saltfish buljol is a sort of fish salad (like the Trini version of tuna salad) that is usually eaten as a breakfast food alongside bake. The word buljol is a corruption of the French brûle gueule, which means “burn mouth,” implying that this dish has a fiery kick. You can make this as spicy as you like by adding minced chilies or hot sauce, although all the versions I had were rather mild.

Some recipes will tell you to cook the soaked and simmered saltfish and vegetables all together in a pan, but Ryan’s mom said she normally just adds the cooked fish to fresh vegetables.Trini Saltfish Buljol

Trini Saltfish Buljol
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Trinidad
Serves: 2 cups
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  • 350 g salt cod
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley
  • hot sauce, to taste
  1. Break the fish into pieces and place in a medium saucepan with plenty of fresh water. Let it soak for a few hours, changing the water whenever you remember. After at least 3-4 hours (or overnight), place the saltfish in a fresh pot of water, covered by at least 3 cm of water.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain. Taste the fish; it should only be slightly salty.
  3. Remove any skin and bones from the fish. Flake the fish finely and squeeze out any remaining liquid with your hands.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the fish, green onion, onion, tomato, olive oil, lemon or lime juice, white pepper, parsley, and hot sauce.
  5. Serve with bake and avocado for breakfast.

Trini Saltfish BuljolMeinhilde's Signature, Kiku Corner


6 Replies to “Trini Saltfish Buljol”

  1. You always have the most interesting recipes. I can’t eat fish due to an allergy but my family can and this is something they most definitely would enjoy. Thanks for linking this yummy today.

  2. I’ve never had this before…looks great! On my list to try! Thanks for sharing on my 2 favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! Pinned!!

  3. We didn’t eat saltfish or codfish in this way in Puerto Rico but I would like to try this (since we are crazy about cod anyway). Caribbean food is the bomb!

    1. How do you prepare saltfish?

  4. Meinhilde, this dish sounds good. I think I would enjoy the mild versions of the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. I love cod! I never had it as a sandwich topping – such a great idea1 pinning and stumbling!

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