Things are just sweeter and more flavorsome here on the island, and whether it be the sun, or the love we put into planting and cooking our produce, there’s a little bit of magic in our dishes.
As we have influences from all over the globe, you’ll taste different flavors; Cassava from our native Arawaks, pickled meat and fish from the Europeans, yams and bananas from Africa and curry from the East Indians. Put it all together, with our own tasty produce and local flavors, and what do you get? Our delicious Jamaican cuisine.
You may find our famous jerk sauce, or tasty Blue Mountain Coffee around the world, but we’re sure that it tastes better here. Authentic jerk meats from the Chelsea Jerk Centre, pepper shrimps from Middle Quarters and flakey saltfish from Rick’s Café are a taste of the real deal.
You’ll also find some traditional eats that haven’t made their way around the world yet. From Cow Foot Stew, to Goat Head Soup, something different is cooking in our Jamaican kitchens.
Whatever you do, immerse yourself in a world of flavor and spices, and taste something new.
This way of cooking has invaded restaurants and cafés worldwide, adding a hint of Jamaica to cocktail parties and backyard cookouts. Just about any meat can be “jerked,” but the real secret is in the marinade, a truly Jamaican blend of spices and seasonings.
1 dash of ground nutmeg
1 dash of mace
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of black pepper
2 tsps. ground Jamaican pimento
2 cups of chopped green onions
2 hot Scotch Bonnet peppers
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Finely chop onions, peppers, and green onions. Blend all ingredients (preferably in a blender or food processor), pour mixture on chicken, pork, fish or beef and let marinate overnight (or at least for two hours). Grill meat slowly over hot coals until cooked. Yields 12 servings.
Discover More Jamaican Culture
There are so many ways to feel inspired on the island of All Right