Coconut Rundown


My parents and most of my family are from Jamaica. Rundown (also known as run down) is a really popular Jamaican dish. It usually has fish in it with coconut milk, onions (lots of onions!), tomatoes and seasoning.
My mum always makes it with mackerel. It isn’t a hard dish to make and it tastes amazing.
2 tins of coconut milk
1kg mackerel
2 large onions, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 stalks spring onion, chopped
3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
1 scotch bonnet chilli, chopped
2 – 3 sprigs of thyme


  1. Wash the mackerel and cut it into chunks. Try to take out as many of the bones as possible.
  2. Boil the coconut milk rapidly in a heavy frying pan until it is reduced to oil and coconut separated.
  3. Add the fish, cover and cook for 10 minutes on a medium heat.
  4. Stir in the onion, garlic, spring onions, tomatoes, hot pepper and thyme.   Lower the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with boiled green bananas and dumplings.

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