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 Melange of Cultures
Now as an independent country it keeps all the customs of the people forming this country, like Mayan, the original ones and African descendants 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
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 bread.
The chicken is sautéed with peppers, vinegar and spices, served with tortillas to make something similar to fajitas.
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.
Amazing Belizean 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.
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
Those are crescent shaped dough that is deep fried until it becomes fluffy bread that will be served during breakfast.
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 "Queens Rat"
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.
Cassava Pudding is a Belizean Dessert made of Tapioca or Yucca
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.
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.
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