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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 15, 2019: The Caribbean is known for unique dishes that can leave many non-nationals asking: What? One of those is Solomon-a-Gundy, a largely Jamaican dish. It is not clear where the term originated but some believe it may have come from the British word salmagundi, which referred to a salad of many different ingredients. What it is, however, is perfect as an appetizer or a snack to share with guests or your family and friends. Here is the recipe.


1 ½ lbs. Smoked Herring

9 Allspice, whole

¾ tablespoons of vinegar

1 onion chopped

1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper, diced

2 scallions

1 spring of thyme

4 tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. sugar


Debone and soak smoked red herring in water to remove some of the salt or boil in water for 10 minutes

Use a fork or your hands, flake the smoked red herring finely and set aside in a mixing bowl.

Add the chopped onion, scallion and thyme in a blender and set aside.

Put the vinegar, pimento and sugar in a pot and heat, stirring mixture occasionally until the pot boils.

Add the smoked red herring to the pot on low heat.

Let the ingredients cook for 10 minutes.

Remove the pimento seeds from the pot and discard.

Add the ingredients from the pot – vinegar and smoked red herring – to the blender and puree for 1 minute

The Solomon-A-Gundy is now ready. You can serve with crackers or slices of cucumbers as you would a pâté.


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