Prepare the Saltfish by soaking it in about 4 cups of water overnight or just about 2 hours. Then throw away the water it was soaking in overnight. Pour 4 cups of water in a sauce pan with the Saltfish. Boil for about 30 minutes on medium heat.
Taste to see if the Saltfish is still too salty or just the right amount of salt. If it is too salty, then add some more water and boil for some additional minutes.
How to steam Saltfish and Cabbage
Once the Saltfish has the desired amount of salt you want on it, throw away the water and allow to cool (if you had boiled it). For this recipe, I soaked it overnight. Break up the Saltfish into small pieces and set aside for later.
Heat the Vegetable or Olive oil in a large skillet pot on medium heat. Add the chopped Garlic, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Bell Pepper, Onion, Tomato, Scallion, and Thyme to the vegetable oil and sauté for about 2 minutes.
Stir in the Flaked Saltfish and mix together to combine.
Add the cabbage and carrots to the saltfish mixture and combine together. Place the butter on top and add the all purpose seasoning and black pepper.
Pour 1 to 2 Tablespoon of water over the top and cover with a lid for 3 minutes. Keep in mind that once it is covered it will spring more water, so you may or may not need any more water.
Then after the first 3 minutes, mix everything up. Allow to steam for about 7 more minutes on low heat. If it is springing too much water, then remove the lid.
Turn off the heat and remove from the heat.
Serve with your favorite side dish.
You can choose to boil the Saltfish (if you are in a hurry) or soak it overnight, to remove the saltiness from it.
Only add 1 to 2 Tablespoon of water before covering with a lid. Keep in mind that it will spring more water as it steams. If it needs more water, then only add 1 Tablespoon of water. Plus, if it is springing too much water, then remove the lid.