Jamaican Recipes You Will Love

  1. Jamaica Red Peas Soup


  • 2 cups dried red kidney beans
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup yam, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 6 pimento berries (optional)
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt, to taste

For dumplings:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse the dried beans and soak them in cold water overnight (or for at least 8 hours).
  2. The next day, drain and rinse the beans, then place them in a large pot with 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, green onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes, yams, coconut milk, pimento berries (if using), vegetable bouillon cubes, and Scotch Bonnet pepper to the pot.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the Scotch Bonnet pepper before serving.

For dumplings:

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together. Add water gradually and mix until a stiff dough forms.
  2. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll them into thin dumplings. Drop them into the simmering soup.

Enjoy your homemade Jamaican red pea soup!

2. Jerk Chicken


  • 4 lbs. Chicken
  • 10-12 tablespoons Jerk Seasoning/Marinade
  • Lemon/Lime juice or Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dry jerk seasoning


  1. Clean and wash the chicken with lime/lemon juice or vinegar.
  2. It's best to use whole pieces of chicken to keep it from drying out. The skin adds flavor.
  3. Pour the jerk seasoning/marinade into a bowl.
  4. Add Garlic Salt, Paprika, and dry jerk seasoning. Mix well.
  5. Rub the chicken with the jerk seasoning/marinade, making sure to rub it under the skin and in cavities.
  6. Marinate the chicken overnight in a zip lock bag, pouring any leftover seasoning into the bag.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°F and precook the chicken for 30-45 minutes.
  8. Light the coal in the barbecue grill. Make sure the barbecue grill has a lid.
  9. For the best flavor, mix Pimento Allspice branches with charcoal. If not available, use aromatic wood in the barbecue grill.
  10. When the fire is at its lowest, move the chicken to the barbecue grill and cover it with the lid.
  11. Grill the chicken over low flame for 2-3 hours until it's done.
  12. Chop the meat into pieces and serve.

Jerk chicken is traditionally served with Jamaican hard-dough bread, Rice and peas, Fried ripe plantains, or Festival. Enjoy your delicious Jamaican jerk chicken!

3. Curry Chicken


  • 3 lbs chicken
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 medium onions
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • 1 small diced potato (optional)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Clean, skin, and cut the chicken into small pieces, then wash with lime or lemon juice.
  2. Drain the chicken and season it with curry powder, chopped onions, thyme, crushed garlic, allspice (pimento), black pepper, and salt. Let it marinate for a while. Set aside some onion, thyme, garlic, and allspice for a second seasoning while cooking.
  3. In a pot, heat about 3 tablespoons of oil.
  4. Add the seasoned chicken and spices to the pot.
  5. Lightly brown the chicken and spices for 5-7 minutes in the pot.
  6. Add water and scotch bonnet pepper. Let it cook for 25 minutes or until done. Tip: Add the reserved onion, thyme, garlic, and allspice for the second seasoning 5 minutes before turning off the heat.
  7. Serve over white rice.

Enjoy your delicious Jamaican curry chicken!

4. Barbecue Chicken


  • 4 pounds chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

To Make Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 ounce margarine
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounces tomato ketchup
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces fish and meat sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Barbecue chicken directions:

  1. Heat margarine in a saucepot. Add minced onion and garlic and sauté until tender.
  2. Add chicken, ketchup, orange juice, fish and meat sauce, soy sauce, chili powder, and sugar. Mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat and stir well.

Enjoy your delicious barbecue chicken!

5. Jamaican Patties

For the dough/Crust:

1.1/2 lbs all-purpose flour
2. 1/2 cup butter
3. 1/2 tbsp tumeric powder
4. 1/2 tbsp curry powder
5.1/2 tsp salt
6.1/2 baking powder
7.2-3 cup Butter milk
Saran wrap
1 -3 eggs (for eggs wash)
1 stick margarine frozen...about 100grams (for folding into the dough)
1.1 lbs mince beef
2.About 1/2 carrot
3.About 5 cloves garlic
4.About 1 tbsp ginger
5.2 onions
7. About 6leaves Escallion/ green onions
Optional- Cheese: slices or cheddar
> Other
Olive oil or oil of choice
1. 1 tbsp Browning
2. 2 tbsp soya sauce
3. 1tsp ketchup
Parchment paper
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp All-purpose powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Paprika powder

  1. Combine ingredients 1-6 of dough section(dry ingredients) in a bowl. Work out the butter until you have a breadcrumbs consistency
  2. Pour buttermilk a bit at a time until everything comes together. You can use a spoon or your hand to kneel it into a ball (similar to a pizza dough). It shouldn't be too sticky or dry.
  3. Wrap balled dough into saran wrap and put it in the bottom of fridge.
  4. Combine ingredients 2-7 in blender or food processor. Add ensure water to blend everything smooth, shouldn't be too runny.
  5. In a frying pot, pour enough oil to cook the mince beef. Cook mince beef until brownish or all red areas removed.
  6. Put browning in. Then add mixture from blender or food processor to pot. Stir.
  7. Add Ketchup, soya sauce and powdered seasons. Stir and cook for about 5-10 minutes.
  8. After beef is cooked and taste is to your liking, turn off the stove.
  9. You can then start pre-heating the oven for the patties.
  10. Roll out the dough as thin as possible.
  11. Grate 1 stick margarine frozen on the surface of the dough until covered.
  12. Fold dough in squares and or roll into a ball.
  13. Roll out dough to how thick you want the patties to be.
  14. Use round cutter (can be six inches or the size you desire) to cut out the patties, as many as you can get.
  15. Add filling in each.
  16. Add egg wash around edgings of each patty.
  17. Close then use a fork to seal the two edges together.
  18. Brush egg wash on top of patty.
  19. Line baking tin/container with parchment paper if desired.
  20. Bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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