Tin Mackerel and Boiled Bananas. The title in itself makes sense as a complete sentence for many Jamaicans. The majority of Jamaicans love boiled green bananas, and the same goes for migrants abroad. We love the soft, earthy taste of this amazing nature food in it’s natural form. Coming in various species and sizes, bananas are a staple around much of the world. It’s rich nutritious content makes it an excellent super-food in both green and ripen form.
Tin Mackerel is also a general name given to the Mackerel fish, cooked and placed in a tin with tomato sauce or water. It’s wide acceptability makes it a quick alternative to a lunch or dinner meal for many people. For some, it’s a frequent meat kind with just about everything from rice to green bananas. From the tin, everything is cooked to perfection. The Mackerel’s bones all the way to it’s tail and fins are soft and easily eaten and digested. Seems they pressure cooked the fish.
Overall this basic among dishes is quick to prepare, super tasty and filling. This makes it a great alternative to other food combinations that either take a long time, or need many ingredients. One can boil the bananas in the skin, or peal them before cooking. You can also add dumplings, yam and various other ground foods making a larger more diversified dish if you please. Or you can stick to the simple tasty route, and make your life easier every so often.
- Place a medium or large pot with water and a little salt on the fire
- Grab a large bowl, fill it with water and add the bananas.
- Cut each end of the bananas and splice the skin downward for cooking or easy pealing
- Once the pot starts boiling, add the bananas
- In a frying pan, with olive oil or vegetable oil, set on medium high
- Add onions, scallions, sweet peppers, a slice of scotch bonnet pepper and tomato sliced
- Once cooked for about 3-5 minutes, stirring every few seconds, add the tin mackerel
- Add a little water and simmer for 10 mins
Once cooked, this meal is often served with fresh lemonade or your choice of juice.