Breadfruit Oil-Down

A little taste of Grenada from World Gospel Mission’s International Cookbook

If you like your comfort food with a little spice, then this is a dish to try. We could not find breadfruit anywhere locally, so the WGM test kitchen substituted potatoes in its place. The potatoes don’t soak up as much milk as the breadfruit does, so our version reminded us of potato soup with a spicy kick. It worked, but if you live in an area where you can get breadfruit, then you’ve got a winner there.


  • ½ lb. smoked ham, diced
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 lg. onion, minced
  • 2 seasoning peppers (or substitute 2 yellow wax hots), seeds and stems removed, chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ Congo pepper (habanero), seeds and stem removed
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp. fresh minced thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 c. coconut milk
  • 1 lg. breadfruit, peeled and cut into 8 sections (or substitute canned breadfruit)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Breadfruit Oil Down: preparation

Dice the ham, mince onion, finely chop seasoning peppers, mince garlic, remove stem and seeds from habanero pepper, finely chop green onions, mince thyme (if fresh), and peel and cut breadfruit into 8 sections (or cook chopped potatoes like the WGM test kitchen did).

Breadfruit Oil Down: cook ham

Place ham in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until the ham is tender, skimming off any foam that rises. Drain ham and set aside.

Breadfruit Oil Down: saute onion, peppers, and spices

Heat the oil and sauté the onion, peppers, garlic, Congo pepper, green onions, and thyme for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Your kitchen starts smelling pretty amazing at this point.

Breadfruit Oil Down: add coconut milk and remaining ingredients

Add coconut milk, heat and then add breadfruit (or potato) sections, ham, and salt and pepper.

RECIPE: Breadfruit Oil Down

Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes or until breadfruit has absorbed all the coconut milk. Serve hot.

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