Jamaican Recipes

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Jerk Chicken Wings

Rating: Unrated
113
These jerk chicken wings were so flavorful, so different, and so additively delicious, that I may have eaten my last Buffalo wing. Okay, I didn't mean that, but these really are amazing; a perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. I'm usually pretty casual about you changing my recipes, but I'm going to have to insist you not change any of the key ingredients, which are, every one of them.

We Be Jammin' Jamaican Banana Bread

Rating: Unrated
60
Delicious and exotic twist on the common and bland banana bread. So good you will never bake another run-of-the-mill banana bread! Serve and watch the happy faces!

Jamaican Spinach Soup

Rating: Unrated
77
This soup is oh-so yummy, easy to make, and the aromas will make your mouth water. Serve with some crusty bread. Freezes well, so it's excellent for lunches and leftovers (not that there will be any left).

Vegetarian Jamaican Jerk Burrito

Rating: Unrated
2
Tofu, cheese, rice, black beans, pineapple, jicama, and a Jamaican jerk sauce in a flour tortilla, topped with hot salsa and sour cream.

Jamaican Curry Powder

Rating: Unrated
8
An authentic Jamaican curry powder without hot pepper, which should be added separately to any dish. You can also use powdered versions of any of the ingredients, but for better flavor use whole seed. For authentic Jamaican flavor, you will usually add Scotch Bonnet or Habanero peppers to your recipes. However, if you want to add heat directly to the powder, add 2-4 tablespoons cayenne powder to the mix, depending on your taste.

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters (Stamp and Go)

Rating: Unrated
30
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.

Boscobel Beach Ginger Cake

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87
This is a Jamaican cake. It attracted rave reviews at my church Valentine's tea party. It has been a mainstay at prayer breakfasts too.

Spicy Shrimp Skewers

Rating: Unrated
40
This spicy, sweet, tropical recipe is perfect for summer grilling. Serve with seasoned rice and margaritas.

Jamaican Beef Patties

Rating: Unrated
200
These are delicious curry-flavored beef pastries that can be found in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Try serving them with some Peas and Rice, or just have them as a snack.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Rating: Unrated
20
I've been wanting to make this for a while since I love any kind of braised or stewed chicken recipes, especially ones that have similar ingredients as jerk chicken. While I might make a few adjustments next time, this really did come out amazingly well. Serve over steamed rice with green peas and garnish with fresh thyme.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

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53
Flat fried buttery dough usually served with cod fish in Jamaica, as a big weekend breakfast, slightly different from the American dumplings.

Jamaican Fried Snapper

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11
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hard Do Bread

Rating: Unrated
42
This recipe for Hard Do Bread (hard dough bread) is similar to the one sold in West Indian stores. It's a simple white bread that's just slightly sweet.

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Rating: Unrated
5
This quick one-pot version of Jamaican rice and peas opts for kidney beans, with a kick from Scotch bonnet peppers and red pepper flakes.

A Jerky Chicken

Rating: Unrated
294

A great Jamaican style dish. A spicy blend of herbs, vinegar, and a habanero pepper make this chicken dish unforgettable. Serve with rice, yum!