Caribbean Recipes

Find five-star recipes for Puerto Rican bistec, Cuban Ropa Vieja, and Jamaican jerk—and, of course, rum cocktails.

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Bahamian Style Peas and Rice

Rating: 3.86 stars
Peas and rice, often served under a tropical sun. You may have had it last while sitting on soft white sand, and looking at a clear blue sea. Goes excellently with other traditional Caribbean fare, such as chicken curry or souse.

Haitian-Style Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.43 stars
This fried chicken recipe has Haitian roots. It varies from traditional American recipes but is just as good. The longer you leave it to marinate, the better. You may sprinkle freshly squeezed lemon juice on top if you like.

Dominican Style Oatmeal

Rating: 4.83 stars
After living in the Dominican Republic for many years, I came to appreciate their tasty and easy way of making oatmeal. The texture is more creamy and liquidy, and the flavor is comforting in the morning.

Hot Pepper Sauce - A Trinidadian Staple

Rating: 4.73 stars
Trinidadians LOVE their 'peppa' sauce, and this one is full of flavour and heat! Sooooo easy to make -- no cooking, just your blender to create this taste of the islands. Try using different peppers to vary the flavour and heat. Use over meats, in sandwiches and stews. Trinis use it in anything savoury!

Alex's Sofrito

Rating: 4.5 stars
Living in the States, it has been hard for me to find the original ingredients for traditional sofrito from Puerto Rico, so this is the base I came up with and have been using for years in all of my Latin bean, stew, soup or rice recipes. I always keep a small bowl of it in the fridge and freeze the rest. Enjoy!

Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans

Rating: 4.34 stars
Black beans are a staple in Cuban cooking, typically served with either yellow or white rice. Give them a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, garnish with some chopped cilantro (we also add some chopped onion and a drizzle of olive oil), and you're in for a treat. These beans freeze well and reheat beautifully in the microwave.

Abuela's Picadillo

Rating: 4.77 stars
This is my grandmother's Cuban picadillo (ground beef hash/chili) recipe which is usually served with white rice, beans and plantains. Picadillo also goes great with mashed potatoes and can be made without the squash. This dish is a favorite at home so I usually make 2 pounds to have leftovers for making empanadas (meat pies) the next day. Picadillo also freezes well. Of course my kids say this is the best picadillo they've ever had and I have to agree!

Jamaican Fried Snapper

Rating: 4.8 stars
We cooked this traditional 'escovitch' dish of fried fish with my grandmother the night before church, so we could serve it after the service the next day at a large communal meal.

The Real Mojito

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.

Chef John's Cuban Sandwich

Rating: 4.85 stars
Here's how I build a Cuban, or Cubano, sandwich. I like to use pulled pork. Carnitas would work too. These ingredients and amounts are open to your own personal preferences, but here's the general idea.

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters (Stamp and Go)

Rating: 4.44 stars
A popular Jamaican appetizer. Just stamp them out in the kitchen, take some for the road and go! Saltcod can be prepared the day before for a quicker cook time. These are also good served with a spicy dipping sauce.

Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Basque Style Codfish Stew)

Rating: 4.67 stars
This Spanish-style fish stew from the Basque region of Spain is a traditional peasant dish popular in all Spanish-speaking countries (where each has given it their special twist). For example, in Mexico it is usually made for Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Lent; in Puerto Rico it is a year-round favorite but most enjoyed during Lent. This is one of the Puerto Rican versions.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Top Traditional Cuban Recipes

Here, hot chilies are eschewed in favor of milder spices like cumin, oregano and bay leaves. Meats (pork and beef) slow-simmer in Spanish sofrito sauces.

Tips For Jamaican Jerk

Three jerk spice ingredients are key: allspice, Scotch bonnets, and thyme.

Jerk Chicken and Pasta

Rating: 4.32 stars

Jerk Chicken and Pasta is a passionately spicy Jamaican-style dish that when tempered correctly will tantalize even the most fire-fearing palate!