What a gwaan? This means how are you? You would respond, “Mi Deh Yah, Yuh Know”. Which means, “I am ok. I am well”.
Hi, I am from Jamaica and this was a staple in our home especially on Friday evenings or Sunday mornings, when I was a child. We also ate it on Thursday’s called Ben Johnson day (this was a day when you have nothing in your cabinets/pantry but flour and the kids must eat) in Jamaica. To be honest I make this for my family when they request it, which seems like every Saturday. My Mummy reminded me that she tweaks this recipe every time she makes it (i.e. adding or taking away) and it tastes better every time.

When you have gathered all your ingredients for the dumplings, put the salt (cod) fish on to boil. Steps are given below.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp butter (salted)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp sweetened milk (condensed milk)
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ Pint of Oil (put enough oil to fry but not submerge dough)
  • Frying pan/Dutch pot


Sift Flour
Mix flour, butter, salt and baking powder together until it has a crumbled look
Mix sweetened milk with ½ cup water
Pour milk solution (milk & water) into flour mixture as you roll (if you need more milk solution add to get desired texture of dough) * Remember this is not play dough
Roll dough into a ball
Place dough in a bowl and cover with a damp towel/cheese cloth for 15 minutes (this will cause the flour to raise and be much smoother when rolling again)
Remove dough from bowl after 15 minutes and cut/tear apart into desired size
Add a little oil to hand palm (this will make the dough flaky on the outside) when rolling desired pieces
Place each piece in medium heated oil
Watch as each piece floats flip over and remove from oil
Place fried dumplings on napkins or paper towel to drain oil

Salt (Cod)Fish

  • 1 pack of salt (cod) fish
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 tomato (medium/large)
  • 1 glove of garlic (if its minced used as much as desired)
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Piece of scotch bonnet (Jamaican pepper) or any pepper
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Frying pan/Dutch pot


Boil the salt fish & drain it two (2) times. If it is still too salty, put it in some cold water and allow it to soak for 10/15 minutes. Then drain that.
Slice the onion, garlic and tomato
Heat oil over medium heat (test to ensure its hot)
Add onion, garlic & tomato when oil is heated-allow it to cook down
Add Salt (cod) fish to onion, garlic, tomato mixture
Add black pepper
Lastly, add scotch bonnet pepper to give it that kick

• If you taste the Salt (cod) fish and it still need some more seasoning, go ahead and add what you like. This recipe isn’t set in stone. I tweak it a lot for my family.
• I wanted to add a video but probably next time just to show you the steps

This is nicely paired with a tall cold glass of lemonade.

Nyam it all up! Means, “eat & enjoy”!!!!

~Recipe Submitted by Vivia Collins
Promise Cares Private In-Homecare Agency