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Authentic Jamaican Recipes: Cooking with Love & Flavour!

Are you looking to add some Caribbean flavour to your meals and looking for some real Jamaican recipes to try? You've arrived at the right destination! Anyone who spends even a short amount of time on this stunning island will quickly understand that Jamaican cuisine encompasses a considerably wider range of flavours and preparations than simply jerk chicken and rice.

Are you looking to add some Caribbean flavour to your meals and looking for some real Jamaican recipes to try? You’ve arrived at the right destination! Anyone who spends even a short amount of time on this stunning island will quickly understand that Jamaican cuisine encompasses a considerably wider range of flavours and preparations than simply jerk chicken and rice.

Jamaican Food
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In many of Jamaica’s traditional recipes, ingredients from the neighbouring islands, such as shellfish, fish, and oxtail, are combined with some of the excellent local fruits and vegetables that are readily available.

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Some of The Best Jamaican Dishes

Jamaican Oxtail

If you have never tried it in the past, now is the time to give it a shot. It has some extra fat, which makes an even richer taste stock, and some people believe that when it is slow-cooked, it is more tender than other cuts of beef, making it a specialty.

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Cabbage is a cheap vegetable that can be obtained in the majority of places throughout the world. But this vibrant take on the traditional dish from Jamaica is undeniably one of my favourites. The Scotch bonnet pepper is without a doubt the highlight of this recipe.

It brings the perfect amount of heat to the dish without making it overpowering. Something as simple as cabbage is given a completely new lease of life as a result of this.

Jamaican Hot Pepper Shrimp

Jamaican Hot Pepper
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“Let your taste buds embark on a journey to the Caribbean, savoring the perfect blend of spices and succulent shrimp.

This recipe is not for anyone who cannot handle a little heat. Because the peppers are diced, the flavour is distributed evenly across the shrimp, and there is no way to avoid it.

You can exclude the peppers if you don’t like meals that are particularly hot, and the shrimp will still be delicious and well-seasoned even without them.

Jamaican Jerk Marinade

Adding some flavorful liquid to your meat by marinating it is going to go a long way.

You can even make a large amount and freeze part of the meat (after it has soaked in the marinade for some time), which will make the following dinner go a little bit more quickly.

Jamaican Callaloo

Callaloo, which is related to spinach, is prepared in a dish that also includes tomatoes, onions, green onions, and a Scotch bonnet pepper, as you probably guessed. 

In the event that you are unable to locate callaloo, collard greens are an excellent substitute.

Even using spinach in conjunction with a huge cabbage that is rich in green leaves could be successful.

Jerk Chicken


“Embrace the essence of Caribbean cuisine and satisfy your cravings today. From the first bite to the last, let your taste buds dance with joy!

When preparing jerk chicken, it is critical to make use of parts and legs that still contain their corresponding bones.

The flavour of the potent spices goes so much better with the dark meat, and these pieces of meat are almost always more juicy.

If you are able to grill them, the added smoky flavour really brings out everything that is already present in the marinade. These will bake up wonderfully in the oven.

Jamaican Curry Chicken

There is a good chance that Jamaican curry will look comparable to some of the Asian curries that you are accustomed to eating, and it will also utilise many of the same ingredients, including coconut milk.

The key difference is that this recipe calls for a significant increase in the amount of heat. It is well balanced, thanks in large part to the constant presence of Scotch bonnet peppers as well as the additional allspice and turmeric.

Jamaican Carrot Juice

The Jamaican carrot juice has an indescribable level of delectability. It is creamy and may also be made with coconut milk for a flavour that is nuttier if that is what you prefer. It is created with condensed milk with spices (cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg).

Rice and Peas

Rice and Peas
Greedy Gourmet

“Savor the tantalizing blend of aromatic spices, tender meats, and fragrant herbs in our signature Rice and Peas.

This dish is straightforward but quite effective; it packs a tonne of flavour and is the ideal accompaniment for jerk chicken. However, kidney beans are used in the preparation of the dish that is often known as rice and peas.

Rice that is soft and full of flavour can be achieved by cooking it in a combination of coconut stock and coconut cream. Additionally, the Scotch bonnet pepper can be omitted entirely if a less fiery flavour is desired.

Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaica has its own take on a beef-filled hand pie, and it’s very similar to the empanada and the Cornish pasty from Great Britain.

Although many of the ingredients, such as beef, onion, carrot, etc., are comparable to those found in a Cornish pasty, this recipe also includes some curry powder in the mix.

To achieve that golden finish, make sure the edges are sealed and then brush them with egg yolk.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

The first morning I spent in Jamaica, I was treated to an interesting dish that included cornmeal, condensed milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It was such a nice surprise because of its odd combination of ingredients. It was served with some fresh mango on top and coconut shavings for a start to the day that was both warm and filling.

Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Jamaican Oxtail Stew
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The use of oxtail, which is a particularly delicate and flavorful piece of meat, is the best way to ensure that a stew turns out the way you want it to. You can transform this into a wonderful winter warmer by omitting the chilis from the recipe. You may also turn it up to a higher setting and add some peppers to make your mouth water.

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

This dish is perfect for you if you’re a fan of sweet potato pie. This dish requires an additional baking step in order to develop a wonderful base and a pudding-like topping. Because of the unique characteristics of the sweet potatoes grown in the United States, it is possible that additional flour will need to be added to the recipe.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

These bite-sized treats have a crisp exterior and a chewy interior, making it difficult to say no to them. They are well balanced in terms of sweetness and saltiness, making them an excellent complement to a wide variety of foods, from sweet plantains to Jamaican chicken curry.

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Gungo peas are notoriously difficult to locate, despite their low fat and high fibre content. You can use black-eyed peas instead of the beans called for in this recipe to achieve a flavour and consistency that is very comparable. This hearty stew is loaded with potatoes, vegetables, and a plethora of different spices. Additionally, the dumplings are amazing.

Jamaican Rum Cake

Because it is so ridiculously delicious, rum cake is something that vacationers to the Caribbean almost always bring back with them. At first glance, the buttery and delicious cake might appear uninteresting, but it packs a punch when it comes to flavour. After the cake has been baked and allowed to cool, you will need to pour a chilled syrup made of butter, sugar, and rum over it. This syrup will seep into the cake and turn each piece into a dream.



Experience the Flavorful Delight of Best of Jamaican Dishes, Bammy! From Traditional Recipes to Irresistible Creations, Indulge in the Rich Taste of Jamaican Cuisine.”

It’s possible that this flatbread, which is also paleo and free of gluten, will become your new best friend. Cassava, often known as “yuca,” is a root vegetable that is used in numerous Caribbean dishes because of its starchy content. After being grated and the excess moisture drained out, the cassava is then pan-fried in the shape of a disc and steeped in coconut milk.

Jamaican Jerk Burrito

This recipe for Jamaican burritos is delicious for anyone, but it works especially well for vegetarians. A wonderful combination of sweet and savoury flavours, the Jamaican burrito includes black beans, pineapple, cheese, Jamaican jerk sauce, and additional ingredients. You truly will not regret making this dish.

Jamaican Black Cake

The Jamaican black cake is a delectable variation on fruit cake that is popular throughout the Caribbean. As a result of being doused in flavorful port and aromatic black rum, the fruit in this iteration is perhaps superior to the one that came before it.

You will want to relish every slice of this boozy and spicy black cake because it has the perfect amount of moisture and flavour. A luxurious Caribbean take on the traditional American fruit cake for the holidays, the rich Jamaican black cake is a holiday treat that you’ll adore presenting this year! The dried fruit is first soaked in rich port and fragrant dark rum, then mixed, and finally folded into a unique spice cake for you to try for the first time!


Be sure to try these authentic Jamaican dishes, and you will thank us later!

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