Jamaican Saltfish Rundown with Shrimp Recipe by RoxyChowDown.com

Jamaican Saltfish Rundown with Shrimp Recipe

If you love seafood, this Jamaican saltfish rundown with shrimp recipe is a must-try! It’s a unique yet tasty twist on the traditional Jamaican saltfish rundown recipe that funnily came into being ‘by chance’. However, this recipe has quickly become my favourite way to prepare ‘rundown’, and my family loves it.

Tun Yuh Hand an’ Mek Fashion! 

Have you ever heard that “Necessity is the Mother of invention”? Well, in Jamaica, there’s a popular saying that’s quite similar which goes – “Tun yuh hand an’ mek Fashion!”. For me, that means not to get discouraged when things seem dim but to simply put on your thinking cap and allow your creative juices to flow. Let me tell you, that’s exactly what I had to do the day this recipe came into being.

The original plan that day was to make Salt Mackerel rundown for breakfast. Unfortunately, all I found in my fridge was a small piece of salted codfish that could only satisfy me if my craving was for salt fish fritters. I almost gave up on my Jamaican rundown breakfast until I remembered a pack of shrimp sitting in my freezer. Then it hit me and I thought – “why not make a saltfish and shrimp rundown instead?”. And that, my peeps is how this tasty recipe was born.

Sweet Seafood Saute

This Jamaican saltfish rundown with shrimp recipe is an exciting seafood dish that’s packed with rich and satisfying flavours used in the ‘Old-Time’ Jamaican rundown recipe. You’ll savour how well the tantalizing Jamaican herbs and spices along with the sweet and creamy coconut milk sauce enhances both the delicate flaked salt fish and the juicy jumbo shrimp. Making this dish is easy. Simply boil the salted fish until it has the desired taste, flake it, then saute it with the shrimp, chopped onion, garlic, thyme, scallion, pimento, bell pepper and scotch bonnet peppers. Finish up by adding some coconut milk to make a creamy and delicious sauce.

Enjoy your ‘rundown’ with popular Jamaican side dishes like boiled dumplings, yam and green bananas, or roasted breadfruit, or fried dumplings, festivals, bammies or even with rice!

If you’d like to try more flavourful and satisfying seafood recipes, check out my shrimp fried rice, steam fish with okra, crispy jumbo shrimp, and my stir-fry shrimp and broccoli teriyaki recipes.

Bless up & enjoy them!

Jamaican Saltfish Rundown with Shrimp Recipe by RoxyChowDown.com

Delicious Saltfish Rundown Recipe - with juicy jumbo Shrimp!!

You'll love this Saltfish rundown recipe that's loaded with juicy jumbo shrimp and filled with maximum flavour. Enjoy the sweet and creamy goodness of seafood simmered down in a delicious coconut sauce. You have to give this mouth-watering Saltfish Rundown with Shrimp recipe a try!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine African, Caribbean, Jamaican


  • 200 gram raw white pacific jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) about 12 jumbo shrimp
  • 200 gram saltfish de-boned salted codfish or pollock
  • 1/3 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 small carrot optional
  • 1/4 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion chopped (optional)
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 small tomato chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 tbsp scallion/green onion chopped
  • 1/2 small scotch bonnet pepper deseeded (to taste)
  • 4 - 6 pimento seeds
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil


  • Rinse then boil the saltfish uncovered in a large pot for about 35 minutes.
  • While the saltfish is boiling, rinse and drain the shrimp.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  • Prep the carrots and fresh seasoning and set aside.
  • Cool and test a piece of the saltfish (close to the bone), to determine if it has the desired amount of salt. If the saltfish is too salty, pour off the 'old' water and boil it again for another 5 -8 minutes, then test it again.
  • Use a knife to remove the thick silvery skin from the saltfish. If the saltfish contains bones, remove and discard them.
  • Use your fingers to 'flake' the saltfish and add it to the bowl of shrimp, tossing them together lightly.
  • Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan.
  • Stir-fry the carrots and seasonings for 1 minute on medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp and saltfish and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Cover the pot and let cook for 3 minutes.
  • Flip the shrimp over, cover the pot and let cook for another 2 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink all over.
  • Add the coconut milk and stir for 1 minute.
  • Cover the pot, turn off the burner and let simmer for another minute.
  • Remove the pot from the burner, and serve your Saltfish and Shrimp Rundown warm with boiled ground provisions, fry dumplings, bammy, festival, roast breadfruit or rice.
  • Bless up and enjoy it!!
  • Please remember to come back after you've tried this recipe and leave me a 5-star rating & review if you enjoyed it. Thanks in advance 🙂
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