Jamaican Recipes

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Jerk Chicken Wings

Rating: 5 stars 153
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: 4 stars 67
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!
By B Painter

Jamaican Spinach Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 97
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: 4.5 stars 5
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: 5 stars 9
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: 4.5 stars 35
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
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: 4.5 stars 47
This spicy, sweet, tropical recipe is perfect for summer grilling. Serve with seasoned rice and margaritas.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Chef John's sweet, savory, and spicy take on Jamaican brown stew chicken.

Jamaican Beef Patties

Rating: 4 stars 248
Moist curry-flavored ground beef wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry dough.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 65
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

Rating: 5 stars 18
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

Jamaican Jerk Shrimp in Foil
Rating: Unrated 1
This one speaks for itself. Spicy shrimp in a jerk seasoning cooked in foil.
Jerk Marinade Seasoning Rub
Rating: Unrated 39
This is a blend of more than 12 herbs and spices combined in a delicious array of spicy superb-ness! Cinnamon, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, allspice, and so much more is so good that you will never buy a store-bought version of jerk seasoning again!
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Rating: 4 stars 107

Hot, succulent Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a tropical treat. You'll love the heat and flavor of this fiery marinade.