Belizean Cuisine
As Varied as its People

Belizean Cuisine is influenced by many cultures that form this Central American country. Belize was once called British Honduras.



A Typical Belizean Cuisine Dish Chicken Escabeche

A Typical Belizean Cuisine Dish Chicken Escabeche

A Melange of Cultures

Now as and independent country it keeps all the customs of the people forming this country, like Mayan, the original ones and African descendents of the slaves brought then by the British colonizers.

Belize Food includes like in any Caribbean or Central American countries rice and beans, cooked and served separately or together.

Fish and in general seafood can be found everywhere in Belize due to being on the Caribbean Sea. Let me show you some of the most important dishes of Belizean Food.




Delicious Belizean Cuisine Conch served in its own Shell

Delicious Belizean Cuisine Conch served in its own Shell


Conch

This is a soft and tender shellfish found in its shell and included in many dishes in Belize, like deep fried, on the grill, in soups, Ceviche, burgers and more.

Serre la sus

Is a rich soup including fish, onions, spices and greens all cooked with coconut milk and served with plantains and cassava bred.

Chicken Escabeche

The chicken is sautéed with peppers, vinegar and spices, served with tortillas to make something similar to fajitas.

Lobster

This world renowned dish is served barbecued or grilled sprinkled with a little lemon or lime and butter.

Belize holds an annual Lobster Fest celebrated during three days in the towns of San Pedro in Ambergris Caye, Placencia and Caye Caulker. Besides the lobster the main attraction here is the music and the fun.


Belizean Cuisine

Delicious Belizean Ceviche

Delicious Belizean Ceviche


Ceviche

This dish is made of either fish or conch marinated with lime juice, onion, tomato and capsicum. It is mainly served as an appetizer with tortilla chips. You may think it is raw but actually the lime juice “cooks” the fish or conch.

Barracuda

This big fish caught in Caribbean waters is very popular in homes and restaurants of Belize. After receiving it from the fishermen, it is cleaned and cut in slices and served usually grilled.

Cow Foot Soup

The name is not so appealing, but it is a national dish in Belize. It is actually cooked with cow foot and spices, vegetables and water. 


Belizean Fry Jacks are typically served at Breakfast

Belizean Fry Jacks are typically served at Breakfast


Fry Jacks

Those are crescent shaped dough that is deep fried until it becomes fluffy bread that will be served during breakfast.

Johnny cakes

Is the same mix of the Fry Jacks but baked rather than deep fried. They are also served at breakfast and you may accompany with butter, ham and cheese.

Rice and Beans

It is a staple all over the Caribbean, so it is in Belize. But here you will have to differentiate between “Rice and Beans” are cooked together like the Cuban Congri and “Beans and Rice” are cooked separately and served in different plates to be mixed by the consumer.


Belizean Cuisine Dish of Gibnut also called the

Belizean Cuisine Dish of Gibnut also called the "Queens Rat"

Gibnut

The Gibnut is a local Belize rodent and the meat is a favorite among locals. It tastes like rabbit. The claim to fame of this dish is that it was served to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Belize. It is sometimes called the “Royal Rat” or the “Queen’s Rat. It is usually served fried.

Split Peas and Pigtail

Split Peas and Pigtail over rice is a popular rice dish and considered a quick dish in Belize. It is prepared with the peas and sliced pigtails as a heavy stew and then served over rice.

Another national specialty food of Belize, split peas and pigtail over rice is a popular comfort food on the island. The split peas are prepared with sliced pigtail into a thick stew and then served over rice.

Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce

Probably because its Mayan heritage or the proximity to Mexico, the Belizean food uses hot sauce almost for every dish. In many restaurants it is served separately. It is very “hot” and made with Habanero Peppers.


For more information visit Belize Tourism Website


Cassava Pudding is a delicious Belizean Dessert made of Tapioca or Yucca

Cassava Pudding is a Belizean Dessert made of Tapioca or Yucca


Belizean Desserts

Cassava Cake or Pudding

This is a classic desert in Belize and the Philippines. It is made of freshly grated cassava, eggs, coconut milk and sugar; all baked in small flan tin molds until brown.

Banana Cake Made of ripe bananas, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, nutmeg, baking soda and a thick meringue on top.


Belizean Drinks

Tropical Sunshine

Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, lime cordial and soda water, served over ice.

Belizean Mama

Peach Schnapps, Coconut Rum, Fruit Punch, Lime Juice on the rocks or shake.

Blue Iguana

Durley’s Rum Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao and Lime Juice

Sparky Iguana Coconut Rum, Alize Passion, Pineapple Juice and Blue Hole Rum

So now you are prepared for the Belizean Cuisine on your next trip to this picturesque country.

Please note that this is not a Recipe's website and I am not a Chef. We just give and idea to our readers of what to expect regarding cuisine when they visit Belize.



Images Credits:

belize food by jimmarty
fry jacks by same as above
cassava by tom eppenburger
conch n/a
belize gibnut n/a
drink n/a

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons




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