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If you’ve been coming here for a while or following me on Instagram (Jehancancook) then it’s no secret that I love rice!  It’s only natural since I spend a 1/3 of my life living in a rice producing country where rice was a staple.   The typical Guyanese eats rice daily; take my mom for example – if I make macaroni and cheese she immediately asks “where’s the rice.”  Now that I have my own family, I find myself eating rice just a little less. Saltfish Rice (1 of 1)-8 While I no longer eat rice daily I do eat it several times a week and most dishes are served with rice.   I stumbled on a recipe for saltfish fried rice a while back in a cookbook called Caribbean and African Cooking and was intrigued by it.  I never had saltfish fried rice but grew up eating kedgeree, which was one of my favorite dishes.  Kedgeree is a dish that uses leftover fried fish which you fry up with seasoned rice and it is amazing!  I figured this has to be equally as good and I was right!  I’ve since made my own version of salt fish fried rice and I will share that with you today.  Enjoy!Saltfish Rice (1 of 1)-9

Saltfish Fried Rice

8 cups cooked rice

1 lb boneless salted cod fish, soaked overnight

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 carrot, cut into thin strips

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp thyme leaves

½ tsp red pepper flakes

½ tsp five spice powder

3 scallion, finely chopped

3 tbsp oil

Drain salted cod fish then separate into small flakes in a large pot or wok; add oil and when the oil is hot, cook carrots and peppers until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add onion, garlic and flaked salt cod.  Cook for about 5 minutes then add rice, thyme, red pepper flakes and five spice powder, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and garnish with scallion.