How To Make Jambo (Dutch Antilles Okra Soup)

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  • 6 ounces salt beef, fat removed and diced
  • 12 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups fresh okra, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces cod fillets, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, to taste


Soak diced beef in ample cool water overnight to remove the salt. Drain, rinse, and set aside.

Bring 12 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt and pepper to taste, then add okra. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in beef, shrimp, and cod; simmer fro 10 minutes more. Season with chopped basil and lemon juice before serving.