Jamaica’s Ackee and Saltfish Ranked 2nd Best National Dish!

National Geographic has ranked Jamaica’s Ackee and Saltfish as  the world’s second best national dish.

Our ackee and saltfish was outranked by the United States’ hamburgers.

According to the Top 10 National Dishes list ackee is a “nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty” flavour and “resembles scrambled egg when boiled”.

National Geographic also said that “Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with saltfish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes” adding that it is sometimes served “atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains”.

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Fellow Caribbean island Barbados also made the list placing third with their coo-coo and flying fish. The National Geographic described it as “a polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge” adding that “coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables or fried and served with a spicy sauce“.

Korea’s bulgogi, Kibbeh, and Hungary’s Goulash were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, on the list of best national dishes.

Austria’s wiener schnitzel, France’s pot-au-feu, England’s roast beef and yorkshire pudding, as well as Ireland’s Irish stew, concluded the top 10 in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively.

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7 years ago

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Helen Ann Matthews
6 years ago

What is the first?

Karen Goodall
6 years ago

We likkle but we tallawah……Jamaica showing up in all areas……yes lawd…..come show up in our island and show us a way out of the madness….foreign imports are killing us..

Merna Haye
6 years ago

I’m so glad to hear that Jamaican ackee and saltfish came in second mi feel proud fi know.

Jennifer Sewell-Waithe

I am happy for my country coming second place with the Ackee and Saltfish love my Ackee very much

Venice Maxx Bedward
6 years ago

I woulda nyam some now

Natoya Smith
6 years ago

Before the the chick v I was have severe scratching all over my body.went yo the doc six times n it only got worst, but After but after the chick v it got better completly.

Yvonne Wilson
6 years ago

I feel so proud. This article actually brought tears to my eyes. I’m not so sure why. I love my country, Jamaica. I like to hear positive news about my country. Amidst all the negativity. I’m proud to be a Jamaican.

Branford Gayle
6 years ago


Latoya Thompson
6 years ago

whose dish was the first?

ELisa Em
6 years ago

They didn’t get it with some fried breadfruit that’s why we ranked second

Hilary Gooden
6 years ago

US hamburger, made with “pink slime,” cannot be in the top ten. Oprah Winfrey was sued by cattlemen for saying that she would not eat it, and you shouldn’t eat it, either.

GoldGoddess Lorna Vipweaves

There is no comparison really…

Michael Kaye
6 years ago

Still saddens me fe tink dat 50% of Our National dish must be Imported and fe the rest of the world , for the most part The Burn Dem Band must eat the Ackee from a Tin can .., No True !!!!

Wayne Ramocan
6 years ago

Although some people may eat pizza and hamburger for breakfast, the last I tried buying a hamburger during breakfast hours I was told I couldn’t because it was still breakfast hours and the lunch menu was not yet available. So, I guess that means ackee and saltfish is the #1 – NUMBER ONE breakfast dish because someone forgot to tell national geographic that a “HAMBURGER” is a lunch / dinner item and not breakfast…JUST SAYING!!

Randy Anthony Wilson
6 years ago

R you serious…hamburger?????

Sherill Campbell
6 years ago

fi real some roast fried breadfruit n ppl mouth water, good on you jamaica they cant keep us down no matter wat.

Judith D Lashley
6 years ago

Yes who is first ?? Yaaayyyy, my sweet island made 3rd !!! Muuaaahhh Barabdos We love we Cou-cou and flying fish. Congrats to JA too, whoooHooo!!!


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Marcia Jennings
6 years ago

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Marcia Jennings
6 years ago

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