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    The 30 BEST Jamaican Recipes

    If you love Jamaican food like we do, you sure have come to the right place!

    These easy and mouthwateringly delicious Jamaican Recipes will transport you to the islands with the bold flavors of that amazing cuisine.

    You’ll find all of the iconic dishes like Jerk Chicken and Hummingbird Cake, along with plenty of tasty stews and curries, great side dishes, and so much more.

    Cook your way through all of these amazing Jamaican recipes. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

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    The Best Jamaican Recipes:

    1. Jamaican Curry Chicken

    We are starting this excellent list of Jamaican Recipes with our own delicious Jamaican Curry Chicken!

    This effortless recipe is jam-packed with bold Jamaican flavors and fresh herbs, making this slow-cooked curry absolutely mouth-watering.

    Try this best comfort food for your weeknight dinner and impress everyone…

    Get the Recipe: Jamaican Curry Chicken

    2. Jerk Chicken

    Guys, this summer cookout this Jerk Chicken recipe is a must-try! This iconic Jamaican recipe is absolutely delicious with a bold and perfectly balanced jerk marinade.

    It’s going to be a super hit dish for your summer grilling, or you can bake it in the oven.

    Get the Recipe: Jerk Chicken

    3. Jamaican Curry Shrimp

    Jamaican Curry Shrimp is too good to be true! The recipe looks intimidating, but it’s super easy to make loaded with Jamaican curry powder, coconut milk, bell peppers, and tender shrimp.

    It’s just wow. This delectable shrimp curry recipe is going to be a keeper in your family.

    Get the Recipe: Jamaican Curry Shrimp

    4. Jamaican Style Pepper Steak

    Elevate your favorite Pepper Steak to Jamaican flavors with this stunning recipe!

    The Jamaican version has tender strips of beef in a delicious savory sauce with colorful bell peppers cooked to melt in your mouth perfection. You will love this new style for sure.

    Get the Recipe: Jamaican Style Pepper Steak

    5. Rasta Pasta

    Make a popular Jamaican pasta dish at home with this Rasta Pasta recipe!

    This absolutely delicious and creamy pasta is loaded with red, green, and yellow peppers, along with shrimp seasoned in Jamaican jerk seasoning. It’s one of our favorite Jamaican recipes.

    Get the Recipe: Rasta Pasta

    6. Jamaican Jerk Marinade

    This Jamaican Jerk Marinade recipe is a must! You can make a number of dishes by using this amazing marinade.

    It’s a flavor bomb with a harmony of exotic flavors. The aroma takes you straight to the islands.

    Get the Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Marinade

    7. Jerk Shrimp

    Juicy, plump shrimp with BOLD island flavors… Jerk Shrimp! Caribbean style. 

    Spicy, balanced with the right amount of sweetness and loads of zesty, bright flavors. Just a few simple ingredients from your pantry and you can create an amazingly delicious shrimp recipe in under 20 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Jerk Shrimp

    8. Jamaican Rice and Peas

    Rice and Peas is a very famous and common side dish in Jamaican cuisine. It’s very simple to make with flavorful ingredients that go great with each other.

    Easy side recipe to make for your get-togethers or parties.

    Get the Recipe: Jamaican Rice and Peas

    9. Jamaican Oxtails Stew

    Uplift your ordinary stew, and make this outstanding Jamaican Oxtail Stew. You will experience true deliciousness.

    This surprisingly easy recipe is full of Jamaican flavors and spices that take this stew to another level.

    Get the Recipe @ myforkinglife

    10. Jamaican Callaloo

    Jamaican Callaloo is one of the most authentic and healthy side dishes, which you can relish with any meal of the day.

    You will love this green leafy vegetable dish that is rich in nutrition and light on your tummy. Do try this delicious Jamaican delicacy.

    Get the Recipe @ healthiersteps

    11. Jamaican Beef Patties

    Make these Jamaican Beef Patties for your future get-togethers or special occasions, and give everyone an amazing and flavorful surprise.

    The thin, flaky, and buttery pastry with well-seasoned beef is incredibly delicious, and will become a winning appetizer for your day.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskitrealgud

    12. Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

    Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken is going to be a new tradition!

    A classic Caribbean stew that is loaded with tons of flavors and delicious browned tender chicken and veggies in a thick, spicy, and tasty gravy.

    Serve it over fluffy rice for a comforting meal.

    Get the Recipe @ aspicyperspective

    13. Jamaican Banana Fritters

    Looking for something different for breakfast? Then make these Jamaican Banana Fritters, and you will not be disappointed!

    This easy and quick Jamaican treat is full of flavors and textures that you will enjoy. Plus you can use up your over-ripped bananas. Win-win.

    Get the Recipe @ myforkinglife

    14. Jerk Salmon Bowls

    Now, this Jerk Salmon Bowl is something, a perfect bowl of tropical goodness.

    This great make-ahead meal is loaded with everything you love. An amazingly satisfying bowl that will become your family’s favorite. Try it today!

    Get the Recipe @ butterbeready

    15. Jamaican Curry Goat

    All goat meat lovers, this remarkable Jamaican Goat Curry recipe is just for you!

    This one-pot meal is a super flavorful curry that is rich with Jamaican curry seasoning. Serve with your favorite rice and make a hearty weeknight dinner for your loved ones.

    Get the Recipe @ cheflolaskitchen

    16. Jamaican Style Jerk Beef Stew

    Make your dinner interesting with this Jamaican Style Jerk Beef Stew!

    This recipe is super packed with veggies, melt-in-your-mouth tender beef with jerk seasoning, and other flavorful ingredients. Your whole family is going to be a fan of this delicious stew.

    Get the Recipe @ closetcooking

    17. Jamaican Fried Dumplings

    Jamaican Fried Dumplings are the simplest and easiest dumpling ever!

    The recipe needs only 3 ingredients – plain flour, salt, and baking powder. Just mix them all together into a dough and fry to golden perfection. Your Jamaican dumplings are ready in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ jamaicanfoodandrecipes

    18. Jamaican Steamed Fish 

    How about giving your favorite fish Caribbean flavors with this Jamaican Steamed Fish recipe?

    You all will thank us later once your try this super flavorful streamed fish with bell peppers and onions. Excellent light and healthy dinner for your family and friends.

    Get the Recipe @ thatgirlcookshealthy

    19. Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

    Another cracking and colorful Jamaican Steamed Cabbage dish you will love! This simple but delicious recipe has a Caribbean kick that makes a perfect dish.

    It can make an awesome party side dish option for your next event.

    Get the Recipe @ stuffmattycooks

    20. Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

    Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup is an exceptionally delicious, hearty, and comforting soup, that is perfect for winter days!

    You will relish this fully loaded soup with wonderful ingredients and flavors! Gungo Soup is a very famous Caribbean dish, that’s why it’s a must-try soup.

    Get the Recipe @ healthiersteps

    21. Jamaican Rum Cake

    If you like booze in your cake, then you will love this Jamaican Rum Cake! It’s light, airy and drenched in buttery rum syrup. Super yummy and addictive.

    This rum cake is going to be a show stopper for your get togethers.

    Get the Recipe @ cupcakeproject

    22. Ackee and Saltfish

    Ackee and Saltfish recipe is a staple dish in every household in Jamaica. This Caribbean delight is super easy to make, and it’s a super delicious and hearty breakfast to start your day.

    So give your routine breakfast a break and try this Jamaican national dish.

    Get the Recipe @ myforkinglife

    23. Jamaican Saltfish Fritters 

    All seafood lovers, you all are in for a treat with this fantastic Jamaican Saltfish Fritters recipe!

    Super easy to make with perfectly balanced seasonings and then fried to perfection. It is going to be a super hit appetizer for your next special occasion or event.

    Get the Recipe @ thatgirlcookshealthy

    24. Jamaican Escovitch Fish

    Treat yourself to this Jamaican Escovitch Fish, which is just mind-blowingly delicious. This is the easiest and quickest recipe, loaded with wonderful flavors and textures.

    It’s an impressive Caribbean dish that is healthy and filling.

    Get the Recipe @ seasonedskilletblog

    25. Jamaican Coconut Curry Salmon

    We bet this Jamaican Coconut curry salmon is simply this world’s most delicious curry! This irresistible dish is painless to make with amazing flavors.

    So What are you waiting for? Try this Jamaican delicacy today!

    Get the Recipe @ letseatcuisine

    26. Jamaican Pumpkin Beef Soup

    Jamaican Pumpkin Beef Soup is a jackpot recipe! This flavor bomb soup has everything delicious and addictive, also it’s very healthy.

    So relish this soup when you crave something super tasty.

    Get the Recipe @ thatgirlcookshealthy

    27. Jamaican Bammy

    Jamaican Bammy means Cassava Flatbread, which is a delicacy in Jamaican tradition. Make perfect cassava flatbread at home with this straightforward recipe.

    When you really want to try variety in your flatbread, this is an excellent recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ thatgirlcookshealthy

    28. Jamaican Fried Sweet Plantain

    Jamaican Fried Sweet Plantain is going to be your new favorite side dish!

    This marvelous recipe is super simple to make, and has a light crispy texture outside with a soft inside. You will get hooked.

    Get the Recipe @ jerktavern

    29. Ital Stew Peas

    The ultimate meatless recipe you will ever make at home is this Ital Stew Peas! You will love Jamaican flavors in this flavorful and high-protein stew.

    It is packed full of red kidney beans, vegetables, and coconut milk, and tastes absolutely divine. Make it, and experience this awesomeness yourself.

    Get the Recipe @ jamaicanfoodsandrecipes

    30. Hummingbird Cake

    We are wrapping up these exceptional Jamaican Recipes with the best dessert, a Hummingbird Cake!

    This super easy cake recipe is loaded with bananas, pineapple, nuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon, making it flavorful and delicious. An amazing cake to celebrate any of your special events.

    Get the Recipe @ southernkissed

    So many tropical and delicious Jamaican recipes to try. The flavors are all so amazing!

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    30 BEST Jamaican Recipes

    These easy and mouthwateringly delicious Jamaican Recipes will transport you to the islands with their bold flavors. For starters, master this essential jerk marinade:


    • 1-3 habanero peppers (1 for mild, 2 for medium hot and 3 for extra hot)
    • 5 scallions, roughly chopped
    • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
    • 7-8 sprigs of thyme
    • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
    • 2 tsp allspice pimento berries or powder
    • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper


      1. Put bigger chunks like chopped onion, scallion, ginger, garlic, thyme and habanero peppers in the blender and blend well.
      2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until you have a rough paste like consistency, scraping down from sides in between if necessary.
      3. Refrigerate in an airtight container until further use.

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