Green Fig (banana) and Saltfish Pie

I love to play with food: The ideas, thoughts, methods and approaches. Probably it is this creative and somewhat playful angle to cooking that always have me thinking up new recipes or twists to old recipes. Sometimes I just ask myself a question about a particular ingredient or dish and this leads me to coming up with something new and exciting, from our Caribbean produce.

Questions like: How will this taste if I paired it with this ingredient? or Why not try this ingredient in a different way from the traditional perspective? or even What new dish could be prepared using this ingredient? …Of course this goes on at length in my mind like a debate pushing the limits to what is expected and the norm. But we cannot go too far away from the norm and be termed avant garde in our meal preparation.

Anyhow, with these and many other questions/ musings, I finally came up with a unique spin on an old friend of a dish we know as Mr. Green fig and Saltfish. Now I know some of you may say that this dish is already great as it is and really Trini to de Bone, but my questions lead me to What if? and Why not try this? So here I was in the kitchen as usual minding my business when the idea came to me to take this dish and make it into a one dish meal.

So using methods, from the normal way we make fig pie here in Trinidad and Tobago and adding a saltfish layer we had a pyrex dish of innovation baking away in the oven….at 350 degrees lol :)  Here’s Green Fig and Saltfish Pie.

Green Fig and Saltfish Pie


11 green fig (banana), boiled and crushed
1 1/4 cups flaked saltfish
4 med tomatoes
1 med onion
2 pimento peppers
2 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp. tomato paste
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. allspice powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tbsp butter parsley
3/4 cup cooking cream
1 egg, beaten


 In a medium-sized pot, cook the green fig.  Then remove the skin.

Note: Add a few drops of oil to the water to prevent the pot from getting sticky and hard to clean.

 Dice the green fig and set aside.


 Cook the saltfish and remove the fishbone, if there is any.



 Break the saltfish into small pieces.


 Saute the onion, pimento, and garlic.


  Add the tomatoes and leave to cook for about 5 minutes.


Then add the saltfish and tomato paste.


 Cook for another 3 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Set aside.

 To the diced green fig, add paprika, allspice powder, garlic powder, onion powder, butter and parsley.  Mix well.


In a bowl mix the two cheeses.


Add 1 1/2 cups of  the cheese, the cooking cream and the beaten egg.


 Mix well.

 Place half of the green fig mixture in a greased baking dish. Top with the stewed saltfish.

Pour the rest of the greenfig mixture over the stewed saltfish.
Finally spread the rest of the grated cheese over the pie.


 Place in a 350 degrees F  oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the pie is golden on the top.


Well that’s it for another post. If you like my green fig and saltfish pie why not leave a comment or two.

Ah gone :)


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28 Responses to Green Fig (banana) and Saltfish Pie

  1. Judith Holmes November 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    A must try

  2. Lyndon Ramrattan November 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Yo yum

  3. Sandra Campbell November 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    bring me a slice

  4. Nicole Tyson-Reuben November 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Have to try this one..

  5. Jus Carissa November 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    gonna try this

  6. Hazel Jo-ann Delfish November 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Andrson Mc Kain

  7. Hac Ker November 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Ideal ital meal

  8. Donna Juliemango Anderson November 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Gonna try this

  9. Maxine Hunte November 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Interesting! Wil taste it

  10. Reshma Ramkissoon November 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Yum yum

  11. Deborah Jordan-Prince November 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Never had this but must try it.

  12. Maureen Max November 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm #


  13. Marlyne Taylor November 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Me too Deborah Jordan-Prince, looking good

  14. Annette Arjoonsingh November 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    I do this with plantains. The flavour pairing of the sweet plantains and saltfish really makes the dish ‘yummo’.

    • Simply Trini Cooking November 17, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      sounds like a plan. do you use the plantains ripe or half ripe?

    • Annette Arjoonsingh November 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Ripe and use pimentos,garlic, onions for seasoning… and of course cheese.

  15. Rachel Maria November 17, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Interesting. Don’t eat green fig but this looks good so I will try.

  16. Debra Paul-Burgess November 17, 2013 at 3:47 am #


  17. Andre Clarke November 17, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Must. Try

  18. Hazel Cummings November 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Never tried it with salt fish but I will consider.

  19. Fernanda Canzian November 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm #


  20. romero November 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I just made this today, thanks for the recipe.

  21. Michelle Wiltshire November 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I’m new to cooking. What can you serve this dish with? Would callaloo be ok and green salad perhaps? I’m open for suggestions.

  22. Nadine January 5, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    When do you add the cooking cream. I am not seeing it being added in the directions however it is listed as an ingredient.

    • Felix January 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Add with the cheese and the beaten egg. Thanks for the heads up. :)

  23. Patricia Royall July 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Can I prepare this recipe ahead of time and freeze?

    • Felix July 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      Why spoil a great dish like this by freezing it then reheating it?

  24. Patricia Royall November 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    This is my second time making this; in the oven as I type. Loved it, my family loved it. This time I added a small bit of sweet potato to the green fig mix. I’ll let you know how it came out.

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