Spicy Mackerel with Green Bananas

Preparation info
  • Serves


    greedy people
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Caribbean Food Made Easy

By Levi Roots

Published 2009

  • About

The best breakfast in the world – just ask any Jamaican. Make it with mackerel fillets if you prefer, but don’t cook them for so long (only about 4 minutes). It’s hard to peel green bananas – here I’m giving you all the banana peeling tips my Granny gave me.


  • 2 whole mackerel, gutted
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 green (unripe) bananas


  1. Cut the head and tail from the mackerel and cut the body of each into about 3 chunks. Cover with half the lime juice and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the ends from the bananas, cut through the skin down the edges – north, south, east and west – and then put them in a bowl covered with just-boiled water for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Put the macke