Yummy Vegan Recipes by Vinna Best

Fried Dumplings With Ackee and No Saltfish Recipe by Vinna Best

Fried dumplings are part of breakfast meals in Caribbean homes. These pan-fried dumplings, also called bakes, are yummy by itself but are tastier when accompanied with other dishes. The most popular dish eaten with fried bakes is ackee and saltfish. Lets VEGANISE it – by not including the saltfish.

Fried Dumplings Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Ackee Mix Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 325g canned ackee, drained
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • escallion, chopped
  • tomato or 3 baby tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2-5 branches of thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to your taste


  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Inactive Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Serves: 4 People

How To Make Fried Dumplings?

  1. In a bowl, sieve and mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Add butter and mix using your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  3. Begin to pour in the milk while mixing and stirring in a circular motion.
  4. The dough should start to resemble very coarse crumbs.
  5. Add more milk and continue to gently mix until forming a soft dough.
  6. If the dough is too sticky, dust in a tablespoon of flour but If the dough is to dry, add a little more milk and form together.
  7. To smooth dough, knead until smoother.
  8. Cover the bowl with cling film or a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  9. Cut the dough into 4 to 6 pieces.
  10. Using your hands, roll each piece into balls, then flatten until to a disc shape. Place on a floured surface.
  11. Using a pan, on medium heat add oil until it reaches 2 inches in depth.
  12. When the oil is hot, add each piece of dough to the pan.
  13. Immediately turn each piece of dough as this helps the dumpling to swell.
  14. Fry in hot oil until each side are golden brown, about 30-40 seconds each side
  15. To remove some of the grease, place the dumplings on a paper towel.
  16. Cut each fried dumpling in half, horizontally.
  17. Serve with ackee.

How To Cook Ackee (No Saltfish)?

  1. Using the pan, on medium heat add 3 tablespoons of oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the onions, escallion, sweet peppers, tomatoes, thyme and saute until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Gently stir in the ackee, for about 2 minutes. Ackee is very delicate, be careful to not over cook as it melts quickly.
  4. Cut each of the fried dumplings in half, horizontally.
  5. Add the ackee mixture inside of each dumpling.
  6. Serve hot. Enjoy!
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