How to Make Jamaican Callaloo

How to Make Jamaican Callaloo

Jamaican Callaloo is a popular local staple green leafy vegetable, cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper. Perfect healthy side dish for a tropical breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Jamaican Callaloo?

But this notorious weed is a valuable source of iron, calcium, folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Purchase callaloo in the Caribbean, Asian, and /or International supermarkets.

1 cup of cooked callaloo provides:

  • 90 kilocalories
  • 6.9 milligrams of iron
  • 1074 milligrams of potassium
  • 602 milligrams of calcium
  • 13 grams of fiber
  • 484 milligrams of sodium
  • 86 milligrams of vitamin C
  • 7.2 grams of protein

How To Cook Jamaican Callaloo

  1. To prepare callaloo, first remove dead leaves, debris, and any hard stalks. I like to fill a large pot of cold water and add salt to it and submerge the callaloo in the pot for about 10 minutes, the salt will help to remove debris.
  2. Discard the water and rinse the callaloo. Strip the outer thin layer of the callaloo stems. Finely cut leaves and stem of callaloo and set aside.
  3. Saute, onion, garlic, spring onion, thyme, tomatoes in oil. Add chopped callaloo, salt, and Scotch bonnet pepper, cover, and allow to steam. 
  4. you may add a little water at this time but not too much because the callaloo will ‘spring its own water’ (produce its own liquid as it is cooked).

Step by Step Photos of how to prepare callaloo

Other Gluten-Free Vegan Callaloo Recipes To Try

  1. Jamaican Callaloo Patty
  2. Jamaican Callaloo Fritters

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Below, I served my callaloo with Jamaican yellow yam, gluten-free, vegan boiled dumplings, Ackee, and roast breadfruit.Overhead photo of Jamaican Callaloo served with ackee, boiled dumplings, yellow yam on white plate

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Nutrition

 (Per portion)

  • Energy:54 kcal / 226 kJ
  • Fat:1 g
  • Protein:3 g
  • Carbs:8 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation:10 min
  • Cooking:10 min
  • Ready in:20 min
  • For:3 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel outer membrane of each stalk of callaloo and remove outer old leaves. Place callaloo in a bowl and cover with cold water, place 1/2 tsp salt and set aside while preparing remaining vegetables. Discard water then rinse with water and drain. Chop callaloo
  2. Place oil in a large pot, add onion, garlic, spring onion, thyme, tomato, and scotch bonnet pepper on medium heat, saute; until onion is translucent. Add callaloo and water, allow to simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes or until tender.

Notes

Depending on how tender your callaloo is, it can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to cook.Jamaican Callaloo Pin

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Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. jupiter hadleyApril 17, 2023REPLY ↓I have never heard of callaloo but it sounds both really healthy and nutritious! I would love to try this recipe.
  2. Zab ZariaApril 16, 2023REPLY ↓
    This recipe is looking so delicious! This will be on my list of things to try in the future.

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