National Dish of Belize – Boil Up

June 7, 2017  Nationalfoody Avatar
National Dish of Belize – Boil Up


Fish (sliced) 2 lbs
Small piece of salted pork (diced) 1
Eggs 2
Yam 1
Cassava 1
Large sweet potatoes 2
Ripe plantains 2
Green bananas 4
Onion 1
Tomatoes / can of diced tomatoes 3
Baking powder 2 teaspoons

The Kriol people of Belize descended from the African slaves and Scottish woodcutters who settled there in the 17th century and as such, the local dishes like this Belizean Boil Up are largely influenced by both Scottish and African cuisine.

Directions for Preparing Boil Up

  1. Prepare the boiled cakes by combining the flour, baking powder, and water to form a soft dough.
  2. Separate the dough into three-inch balls and flatten each.
  3. Prepare a tomato sauce by first sautéing onions and then adding diced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Peel the yam, cassava, and sweet potatoes.
  5. Chop the yam, cassava, and sweet potatoes into chunks measuring about three inches.
  6. Remove the skin of the green bananas and slice.
  7. Peel the ripe plantains and chop them into cubes.
  8. Fill a Dutch oven pot with water and bring to a boil
  9. Add the chopped ground provisions together with the green bananas and plantain cubes.
  10. Add the cubes of salted pork to the pot.
  11. Cook the pork, bananas, plantains, and ground provisions until tender.
  12. A few minutes before it is cooked, place the boiled cake dough in the water.
  13. When cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove everything besides the salted pork.
  14. Add the raw fish slices to the pot containing the water and salted pork.
  15. Cook together until the fish starts to become tender.
  16. Place the eggs into the pot and hard-boil them.
  17. Remove the eggs from the pot, drench them in cold water and remove the shells.
  18. Slice the eggs in halves.
  19. Plate all of the boiled foods on a shallow dish.
  20. Place the boiled eggs on top of the provisions, bananas, and plantains, and boil cakes, fish, and salted pork.
  21. Finish by pouring the tomato sauce over everything. 

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