How to make Belizean Boil Up!

January 31, 2019

Popularized from all around the country, but with its main focus in the southern regions of Belize, “Boil up” is one of the most eaten and enjoyed dish in Belize. Whether it’s to satisfy your own taste buds or bringing the family together for a fancy local feast…here’s how you can join in on this delectable dish right at home.

2 lbs. fish
1 lb. pigtail
4 eggs
2 yams
2 cassavas
4 large sweet potatoes
4 ripe plantains
6 green bananas
4 cups of water
4 tsp baking powder
½ cup of water, as well as a large pot of water
6 tomatoes
2 onions
2 green peppers
4 cups flour
Salt and pepper
Tomato sauce


  • Boil Cake:
    -Combine the flour, baking powder and water to create the dough for the boil cakes.
    -Separate the dough into 4 inch balls and flatten each.
  • Ground food :

    -Peel and chop your yams, cassavas, sweet potatoes into chunks, and the ripe plantains and green bananas into two or three slices.
    -Boil your ground food in a pot and boil the flattened dough on top of the ground food right before its ready.
    -Boil the eggs
    -Boil the fish
    -Boil the pigtail
  • Sauce:

    -Cut up your tomatoes, onions and green peppers and sauté with tomato sauce. Add salt and black pepper to taste. 

Combine the different food groups to create your own Belizean Boil Up.