Sweet & Sour Fish - Chinese food “Jamaican Style”
The Jamaican motto "Out of Many One People" can also be modified for our cuisine to "Out of many one pot". The Chinese came to Jamaica in the mid-19th century as migrant workers. The Chinese influence on Jamaican cooking can be found in many of our cuisines. There is nothing like Chinese food “Jamaican Style”. Try our Sweet and Sour fish recipe.
Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup
Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup is a traditional Saturday soup enjoyed by all. This is quick one-pot meal features pumpkins, carrots, yellow yam, Irish potatoes, cho cho and more. It is a quick and easy recipe to to follow. Feel free to let us know the outcome of the recipe.
Otaheite Apple Drink
Also known as the Malay rose apple or the mountain apple, this juicy red fruit has many uses. One of the best is this drink that mixes the apple with ginger and lime juice. The Otaheite Apple tree grows well in Jamaica, ensuring a ready supply of fruit for use in this summery beverage.
Fried Boiled Dumplings - Recipe
The boiled dumpling is a Jamaican staple and is eaten almost daily. It is said that no "true" Jamaican meal is complete without it. The fried boiled dumpling is special. The dumpling has to be boiled first and left overnight before it is fried. The anticipation of frying your boiled dumplings the next day seem to add to the taste that some describe as "fun".
Recipe: Hibiscus Iced Tea
Hibiscus Tea is a "herbal tea" that can be consumed both hot and cold. It is not to be confused with Jamaican sorrell even though many say it tastes like it. Here is our Hibiscus Tea recipe.
Roti is a type of bread popular in South Asia as well as the Caribbean. Similar in appearance to a Mexican tortilla, it is made with wheat flour and no leavening. In Jamaica roti is often eaten with a filling of curry goat or curry chicken.
Yellow Yam Pizza
The use of mashed yellow yam as the base for pizza toppings is a great idea, and so much healthier than regular pizza dough. Sliced frankfurters and salami provide the perfect topping ingredients.
Stinking Toe Juice
"Stinking Toe" is so called because the seedpods of the plant look like fat toes. They are also said to have an odor like smelly feet. Despite its name, it is delicious, with a sweet pulp. It is often used by practitioners of folk medicine to relieve headache pain and rheumatism.
Jamaican Egg Custard Recipe
Do you remember having egg custard? This is a classic Jamaican desert after dinner or at dinner parties. Egg custard could be served any time of day. It is easy to make with a short prep time. Here is our Jamaican Egg Custard recipe.
Jamaican Chicken Patty
The Jamaican patty comes in many varieties of fillings including chicken. Here is our Jamaican chicken patty recipe for our chicken lovers. The Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains a variety of tasty filling. The Jamaican patty can be eaten as a full meal or snack. It is often pair with coco bread as a part of a full meal.
Jamaican Sweet Potato Stew - Vegetarian Recipe
This stew offers a true mix of Jamaica's food traditions, using scotch bonnet peppers, pumpkin, red peas, coconut milk, thyme, scallions, and tomatoes. Vegetarians will love this stew. This meatless dish can be made as a main courses for vegetable-based meals.
Old Time Jamaican Chocolate Tea - "Chahklit tea"
Using the traditional chocolate ball with cinnamon, this tea offers a true taste of Jamaica. For those who are not familiar with "Old Time Chocolate Tea" this is Jamaican style regular hot chocolate. In Jamaican patois
it is called "Chahklit tea"
Red Herring (Pick Up) - Recipe
Red Herring is favorite in Jamaica. This dish is done similar to "pick up salt fish
". It is called "pick up" because the red herring used in the dish is torn into small pieces after the bones have been removed - perfect for "picking up" with your fingers. Frying the fish pieces with onions, hot peppers, and ketchup (optional) gives just the right combination of salt and heat.
Easter Bun Recipe
Jamaican Easter time means our traditional bun and Cheese. It is a favorite that is served during this season. Check out our home made Bun recipe today.
March is usually tamarind season in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Even though “Tamarind Balls” are available year round the homemade version of the sweet & sour delight are especially popular during the season. “Tamarind Balls” are popular throughout the Caribbean and some versions include hot pepper making it spicy. The Jamaican version typically is non-spicy. Here is a simply “Tamarind Balls “recipe.
Jamaican Style Conch Fritters
The meat from the large sea snail called conch is a favorite of many in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Pronounced "conk" it is considered an aphrodisiac and energy booster. In Caribbean conch is used to make soups, salads and fritters. The meat is tough and has to be finely chopped for use. Here is our tasty Jamaican style conch fritters.
Soursop Ice Cream
This ice cream can be made in a traditional freezer or poured into ice cube trays for freezing. The classic Jamaican fruit lends itself well to home-made ice cream and can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Jamaican Meat Loaf
Jamaican Meat Loaf is described by some as the “little brother” to the Jamaican beef patty, even though it is bigger in size. Some say this because it’s simply a cocoa bread with the filling from a patty. If you love Jamaican beef patties you will love the Jamaican Meat Loaf. The recipe is broken town in to 3 parts: The filling, the dough, combining the dough & filling.
Scotch Bonnet Sauce Recipe
The Jamaican Scotch Bonnet is perhaps the world's hottest pepper (chile). It is not only hot but has a distinct flavor that accents your food. If you are a fan of hot sauces this recipe is for you.
Jamaican Rum Punch
Rum Punch is a popular drink especially during the Christmas season in Jamaica. It is also popularly served to vacationers in Jamaica or other Caribbean islands. There are many various recipes across the Caribbean, but Jamaica is the original home of the Run Punch. In Jamaica we say “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak” to describe how to make Run Punch. Remember this for the classic Jamaican Rum Punch recipe. This measure can be cups or gallon, but the ratios must be the same. Here are 3 simple recipes following the classic recipe of 1-2-3-4 formula of parts sour, sweet, strong and weak.
Jamaican Christmas Recipes
Check out our Christmas recipes including Jamaican fruit cake, rum punch red sorrel and white sorrel. Impress your guests with these Jamaican Christmas recipes.
Archeologists have found evidence that jackfruit was cultivated in India some 3000 years ago. Let's hope the ancient diners enjoyed a salad with the good-tasting ingredients featured in this recipe.
Jamaican Jerk Turkey Recipe
Are you ready to try something non-traditional at Thanksgiving or Christmas? How about Jamaican Jerk Turkey for the holiday? Forget the traditional turkey this holiday and try our delicious Jamaican Jerk Turkey recipe.
Jackass Corn Recipe (Donkey Corn)
Jackass Corn is a thin crisp traditional Jamaican biscuit that is a popular sweet treat due to the easily accessible ingredients. The biscuit is baked tough. Many say the biscuit derived it name Jackass corn because it is tough and stubborn like a jackass (donkey).
Jamaican Grater Cake
Do you like sweet treats? This recipe is for you. Grater cake is a traditional Jamaican sweet treat made mainly from coconut and sugar. It is easy to make and a great treat to serve as a desert. Enjoy our Jamaican Grater cake recipe.
Jamaican Chicken Neck Soup
Jamaicans waste no part of the chicken. The chicken neck is used by many Jamaicans for soup. It is a rich soup that features chicken necks, pumpkins, carrots, yellow yam, Irish potatoes, cho cho and more. Often served as a "Saturday soup".
Corn Beef & Cabbage AKA Bully Beef & Cabbage
Corn Beef and Cabbage which is also known as Bully Beef and Cabbage is one of those “lazy” one-pot Jamaican meals that is cooked when you are on the go. It is said to be a favorite of single men because of how easy it is to cook. Please be aware that the corn beef mentioned in this recipe is not the sliced corn beef that is typically seen in sandwich delis outside of the Caribbean but it is from a can. Jamaica and much of the English Speaking Caribbean call it bully-beef. Enjoy our Bully Beef and cabbage recipe.
Our curry lentil is great as a main dish for vegetarians and non- vegetarians. It is tasty and easy to cook. Lentils are protein-rich and they are a great choice to include in your regular diet. Try our curry lentil today!!!
Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup
Gungo Peas Soup is a Jamaican favorite. It is a rich Jamaican soup that features beef, pig tails, gungo peas, yellow yam and more. Often served as a "Saturday soup".
Escovitch Chicken Wings
Do you love Jamaican Escovitch? Do love chicken wings? Do you love your chicken wings spicy? We have the perfect recipe for you, Escovitch Chicken Wings. Our easy step by step recipe is perfect for novice or expert cooks. Now you have spice up your life with Escovitch Chicken Wings!!!
Susumba and Saltfish (Gully bean)
Susumba/Gully beans are a small green bitter berry that commonly grows wild on abandoned lands, backyards and in gullies in Jamaica. It is often cooked with saltfish/codfish or mackerel. It can also be cooked with soup or in rice. There are claims that susumba/gully beans are good for high blood pressure and the leaves are sometimes used as a home remedy for flu & colds.
Jamaican Arrowroot Milk Porridge
The arrowroot plant (sometimes called a herb) can be found in Jamaica and many other tropical regions of the world. The starch, which is obtained from the fleshy roots tubers, is used for cooking and medicinal purposes in Jamaica. Many Jamaicans use it as a thickening agent in cooking, similar to cornstarch. The arrowroot is used to ease diarrhea and soothe the stomach. The arrowroot porridge is delicious and is a great breakfast meal.
White Sorrel Drink
The favorite Christmas beverage of Jamaicans is the delicious sorrel. Many of you may know red sorrel but did you know there is white sorrel too? Using white sorrel you have the option to add food coloring to the drink and surprise your guests. Create sorrel in your favorite colors this Christmas season.
Boiled Cassava Flour Dumplings
If you like boiled flour dumpling or bammy you will like boiled cassava flour dumplings. This recipe is easy to make and is quite tasty. We have included instructions on how to make cassava flour. Enjoy!!!
Sweet Potato Pone
Many confuse sweet potato pone with sweet potato pudding. Even though they use similar ingredients pone is harder and usually contains no raisins. Many call it a harder version of "hell a top and hell a bottom and heaven in the middle". It is a dessert favorite after Sunday dinner.
Jamaican Peanut Punch
Peanut Punch is a popular energy drink in Jamaica. It is high in protein. It is regarded by many Jamaicans as an aphrodisiac. It is commonly sold by street vendors who may use various “secret” ingredients ( like Irish Moss) to stake their claim of having the best peanut punch. Our recipe combines most the popularity used ingredients.
Janga Soup - Jamaican Crayfish Soup
Janga is the name given by Jamaicans to fresh water crayfish (shrimps). Janga can be found in many Jamaican rivers and is cooked in various ways including the famous “Jamaican Peppered Shrimp”. It is also used in Jango soup which is said to be an aphrodisiac that provides long endurance for men.
Boiled Wheat Dumpling
Have you ever tried boiled whole wheat dumplings before? For the health conscious who is looking for an alternative to refined white flour dumpling then whole wheat flour dumpling is for you. It is more nutritious than refined white flour dumpling and natural. The dumpling has no nutritional value however no "true" Jamaican meal is complete without it.
Jamaican Jerk Hot Dog
Summer is here and it’s time to fire up barbeque grill. If hot dog is one of you favorites on the grill we have a recipe for you. We take an old time favorite and Jamaicanize it. Try our Jamaican Jerk Hot Dog recipe.
Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa
Do you like Tacos? Do you like Jerk Chicken? Do you like mangoes? We have the perfect recipe for you that fuses the Mexican Taco with Jamaican Jerk chicken and mangoes. This week's featured recipe is Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa.