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Jamaica Food
A Mélange of Cultures


Jamaica Food is what the country is, a mélange of cultures and people that have lived here and that have made what today is called Jamaica.

One great country with great people that are always happy no matter what happens.




Jamaica Tropical Fruit

Jamaica Tropical Fruit


Their food is a combination of the aborigines, the Spanish, the British, African, Chinese and Hindu. All of them have lived or conquered Jamaica at some point in history and have left their inalienable mark in their culture and food.

There are also many ingredients that are native to Jamaica besides a great variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, lots of fish and seafood cached on the tropical waters surrounding the island, and chicken, meat, pork and more.




Jerk Chicken the # 1 Jamaica Food

Jerk Chicken is the # 1 Jamaica Food


  • Ground allspice
  • Dried thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Ground sage
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Garlic powder or fresh
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • White Vinegar
  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero
  • Green onions
  • Onion
  • chicken breasts



The Jamaican Curry Goat is one of the examples of Jamaica Food

The Jamaican Curry Goat is one of the examples of Jamaica Food


Popular Jamaican dishes Curry Goat

  • goat meat
  • large onion diced
  • cloves garlic
  • teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • bunch scallions chopped
  • scotch bonnet or habanero pepper
  • Jamaican curry powder
  • seasoning salt, like Goya Adobo Seasoning
  • black pepper
  • cooking oil
  • Fried dumplings
  • Self-Rising Flour
  • cold Milk or Half and Half
  • Butter
  • Cooking Oil

You can serve these with eggs, fish, callaloo, ackee, or meat or corned beef hash.



Jamaica Food

Rice and peas Jamaican Style

Rice and Peas Jamaican Style


  • rice
  • red peas, either kidney beans or pigeon peas
  • cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • scotch bonnet pepper, jalapeno pepper may be used as a substitute
  • Scallion, spring onions may be used as a substitute
  • coconut milk
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh or dried thyme



Jerk Pork or Jerk any meat is undisputed Jamaican

Jerk Pork or Jerk any meat is undisputed Jamaican


Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice.

Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, and tofu.

Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: pimento and Scotch bonnet peppers that are among the hottest peppers. Other ingredients include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.



The Ackee grows only in Jamaica

The Ackee grows only in Jamaica


Ackee and Saltfish is a national dish

This is the national dish with Ackee, which is a fruit not grown anywhere else in the world, only in Jamicia.

  • ackee, drained
  • boneless salt cod
  • oil
  • onions, sliced
  • dried thyme
  • scotch bonnet pepper skin finely chopped up
  • small tomato, chopped
  • tomato paste
  • sweet pepper chopped
  • teaspoon black pepper



Jamaica Steamed cabbage

Jamaica Steamed cabbage


  • medium cabbage
  • margarine
  • scotch bonnet pepper cut up and add for spicy
  • sprig thyme
  • crushed garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • small slices of a sweet green pepper.
  • medium chopped onion or 2 table spoon onion powder
  • black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • water



Jamaica Christmas Pudding

Jamaica Christmas Pudding


Important note

If you noticed I did not mention any quantities or preparation instructions for those dishes. They were presented just for the purpose of inform my readers that will come to Jamaica to enjoy its beaches, what to expect.




For more information visit Jamaica Tourism Website



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