Jamaican-Inspired Cuisine: Mackerel + Fried Dumpling Recipe.

Hi Everyone!


So today I decided to prepare a light Sunday Dinner. Something easy, full of flavor, + quick to whip up–So I came up Mackerel + Fried Dumpling!


Growing up + being raised in a Jamaican family, I’ve been used to a lot of these flavorful meals. My favorite dish however, is Curry Goat + White Rice (which I’ve recently learned to make) and will very soon create a blog post about it. Ironically, I was NEVER a fan of Mackerel growing up so it is rather funny to see that I’ve since fallen in LOVE with it!

Luckily, I think that the “canned version” has changed my negative view of this dish and it definitely has a better taste + MORE sauce for the dumplings! (especially the spicy version shown below).


Mackerel Recipe:

  1. 4 small cans of Grace Hot & Spicy Mackerel cans (OR you can get the regular kind if you hate spice!)
  2. 1 medium tomato
  3. 1/2 of a red sweet pepper
  4. 1/2 of a yellow sweet pepper
  5. 1/2 of a green sweet pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon of Red pepper flakes
  7. 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (OR your favorite cooking oil)
  8. 1/4 of a white onion
  9. 1 scotch bonnet pepper (OR your favorite hot sauce)



  1. Thinly slice and cut up red sweet pepper, yellow sweet pepper, green sweet pepper, 1/4 of a white onion, and 1 medium tomato and put everything into a bowl and put to the side.


2. Pour 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (OR your favorite cooking oil) in a medium-sized frying pan. ***Be sure to have a cover for the pot***

3. Turn on stove to medium high and wait for frying pan to get hot. Then place all cut up veggies in frying pan and place pot cover over it to cook for about 10 minutes (OR until slightly softened).

4. Then remove pot cover and add all 4 cans of Hot & Spicy Mackerel (OR the original version if you prefer).


5. Then add 1 tablespoon of Red pepper flakes and stir together with a fork or large wooden spoon until everything is together well.

**Also add your cut up scotch bonnet pepper OR hot sauce**

6. Turn down the stove to very low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom or burning.

7. Once well incorporated and all veggies are soft, turn off stove and keep covered.

8. Serve and add a pinch of Red pepper flakes OR parsley for garnish! (optional)


Jamaican Fried Dumpling Recipe:

  1. 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  4. 1/2 cup butter
  5. 1/2 cup cold water
  6. 1 cup vegetable oil for frying***
  7. 1 tablespoon of brown sugar



  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (*Secret ingredient which gives a slight sweet taste). Rub in the butter until it is in pieces (no longer than peas). Mix in water (1 tablespoon at a time) until the mixture is wet enough to form into a ball. ***DO NOT add too much water OR it will become “sticky”***
  2. The dough should be a firm consistency. Knead briefly.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until hot.
  4. Break off pieces of the dough and shape into a “patty-shape”, kind of like a flat biscuit.
  5. Place just enough of the dumplings into the pan so that they are not crowded.
  6. Fry on each side for about 3 minutes per side (OR until golden brown).
  7. Remove from the pan once done and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve and Enjoy!!




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