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Add tons of heat to your cheeseburger by adding a Jamaican curry. This recipe is courtesy of Living the Gourmet.

Jamaican spices are notoriously rich in flavor. Often it seems intimidating to try to recreate these flavors outside of a restaurant, but this recipe is quick, easy, and just as good as any restaurant. This recipes utilizes the “Sauté” and “Pressure Cook” functions of the Instant Pot, although you can make in any other multi-cooker. 35 Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Add more or less chile peppers to the marinade, depending on how spicy you want your chicken to be.This recipe is courtesy of The Joy Kitchen.

44 Irresistible Foods & Drinks You Must Try When In Jamaica

The mere mention of the words ‘Jamaican food’ can inspire the need to teleport right back to the amazing restaurant that stirred your love for the popular Jamaican cuisine in the first place. There’s just something about the seasoning and spices used in this type of Caribbean cooking that can turn even the toughest critic into the most mellow foodie, and this will likely be your experience once you find that Jamaican dish that resonates with your soul… or your palate.

During your visit, you’ll find there are endless delicious options when it comes to what to eat in Jamaica, but if you’re unfamiliar with the names of the various dishes, you might be a little lost when you’re offered some of the national favorites. You may also be confused over where to find the best versions of the different Jamaican dishes, because according to every single person in and out of the food business on the island, their version is the absolute greatest!

Save yourself some of the deliberation by getting more familiar with popular Jamaican food items so you know what’s on your plate in Jamaica, and even before that, what to order so that your money is well spent.

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Here Are Twenty Jamaican Dishes Served Everyday on our Island

1. Jerk Chicken is the most popular Jamaican dish known worldwide for its authentic Jamaican jerk flavor. Using spices such as the pimento, scotch bonnet pepper, scallion, onions and thyme. There are some with their secret ingredients but those are the basic ingredients. Served jerk pan style or authentic original style roasted over coals on top of the pimento wood.

2. Jerk pork is second and uses similar seasonings as the jerk chicken. Not as popular as the chicken because it’s more expensive, the most known place in Jamaica to find jerk pork is in Boston, Portland. Because of the popularity of the jerk pork found in Boston, people from all over the island will name their dish 𠇋oston Jerk Pork” which would increase sales, as it is believed that the best tasting pork originated in that part of the island.

3. Red peas (kidney beans) soup is made with salt beef and/or pig tails. Pigtail in Jamaica is cured with salt and has to be soaked overnight or pre-boiled for a few minutes to get some salt out before cooking. The dish is made with the peas, taro, yellow yam, dumplings and scallion, pimento, thyme and pepper. You have a choice to use coconut milk or not, depending on your taste.

4. Steamed fish. In Jamaica, this is actually stewed fish. It is mostly done on the beach, especially Healthshire and some other very popular beaches around the island. Scallion, pimento, pepper, thyme, bammy and sometimes carrots and potatoes are done with this dish. Every cook has their own steam fish style so everywhere you go you get a different flavor….mm mm.

Ginger Benefits

Ginger has so many health benefits, it could take a whole post to name them all, but just to mane a few:

  • Immunity: Ginger helps to boots the immune system to ward off and prevent cold and flu
  • Antibiotic: The antibacterial agent in ginger is found to be effective in treating bacterial infections such as gingivitis.
  • Pain relief: Ginger can use to relief pain especially menstrual pain.

Jamaican Fish Recipes (Click on the links for the recipe)

Right at the top where it belongs! Steamed fish is very popular in Jamaica, especially with okras and crackers. When steamed with crackers this can be had on its own as a full meal.

Steamed fish with okras is a favourite among our men as they associate the okras with stamina. Click Here to get the recipe for steamed fish with okras.

Jamaican Steamed Fish With Rice And Peas!

Fried and brown stewed fish are just two of the many ways that we prepare our fish here.  The snapper is our best choice when it comes to frying or preparing it the brown stewed way, as this particular fish has a lot of flesh and has a wonderful taste. 

Fried fish however is most famous with Jamaican bammy.

The escoveitched fish is the most popular way that we prepare our fish and this can be had with either festival or bammy. 

Escoveitched fish is a very sumptuous way that a fish can be eaten, as all the seasoning and spices that are combined in this dish will make you drool. 


Curried fish can be done with coconut milk and also is a very delicious way to prepare fish, but for the most part these are healthy and delicious ways to prepare your fish. 

Jerked fish is another tasty way that we do our fish and just like any piece of jerked chicken or pork, the jerked fish is as tasty and mouthwatering with all the flavors and spices and can be had with festival or bammy. See link below for the tasty jerked fish recipe.

I hope that when you visit you get your fish - Jamaican style.
But for now, go ahead and try doing it yourself using any of the links given above.

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Jamaican Rum Cake

I&rsquom going to start from the top with a confession. Spouse and I ate this entire cake over the course of several days.

You may think, so what, but that is quite an unusual occurrence in this house. Yes, we make plenty of delicious baked goodies as the hundreds of recipes here can attest.

This cake requires no frosting or glaze. It is perfect as is.

However, we almost never have more than one serving each of anything. We normally freeze the rest or more often, give them to friends and family.

That did not happen with this Jamaican Rum Cake. We found it utterly irresistible! Sliver by sliver, we whittled that cake down to the last deliciously moist crumb.

Jamaican Rum Cake photo of a single slice with title text added for Pinterest.

Rum as an ingredient.

Both Spouse and I have a pretty well established love of anything rum flavoured, although neither of us are actually rum drinkers. From our gorgeous homemade Rum & Raisin Ice Cream to our Rum Spice Glazed Pork Tenderloin , amongst many others, it truly is one of our favourite ingredients.

A number of years ago, we took the kids on a Western Caribbean cruise and one of the stops was Jamaica. It seemed every little shop we entered, was selling Jamaican Rum Cake.

Samples were often on hand and I partook in plenty of them. My favourite though was a sort of dense, moist bundt/pound cake that seemed to have the perfect amount of rum soaked in.

On returning home, I naturally tried to replicate that recipe with somewhat limited success. The attempts were all pretty good but not quite all that I wanted in a rum cake.

My attempts at Jamaican Rum Cake.

They were all delicious but lacked that perfect texture I enjoyed so much. Just a couple of weeks ago, I took up the torch again and decided to have another crack at it.

I did my research, looked at 100 different photos on Pinterest and read more than a dozen recipes. Many had a lot in common but several of them had one other thing in common, a rum & butter syrup to soak into the cake when baked.

Now, I had been using straight rum to soak my attempts before which sometimes left the cake too soggy. I&rsquod used a syrup previously as well, but the flavour I remembered wasn&rsquot quite right.

The thing that made the difference in end turned out to be the inclusion of butter in the syrup. It added that missing flavour that I remembered so well. No doubt it helped keep the cake moist as well.

Many of the recipes I read were copies of the King Arthur Flour version, and some were slight variations. Most included a package of instant vanilla pudding mix in the batter.

Since those packages are mostly cornstarch and sugar, and since I don&rsquot like using packaged mixes in my baking, I decided to use corn starch instead and up the amount of vanilla extract. It worked perfectly and gave that dense but soft texture I remembered.

The first stage of mixing should appear sandy in consistency.

Batter will be very smooth after adding the eggs and rum.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.

The result

After baking and cooling, I had the patience to wait until the next day to cut into it. Many recipes I read gave that same advice and it turned out to be good advice indeed.

From the first bite, both Spouse and I fell instantly in love. It was so buttery, soft, moist and delicious! Perfection.

I don&rsquot say it lightly, but this was one of the best cakes I ever baked in over three decades of baking. It really is that good!

Syrup for Jamaican Rum Cake beginning to boil.

Syrup for Jamaican Rum Cake after boiling for 7-8 minutes

Poke holes in cake with a skewer.

Spoon on the rum and butter syrup

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Jamaican Oxtail Stew

If you've never had Jamaican oxtail stew, you're in for a major treat. It's rich, SUPER flavorful, with fall-off-the-bone-tender meat and creamy butter beans. A true special occasion dish. Before you make it, a few things you should know:

1. Oxtails are SUPER fatty.

This is a good thing! Fat = flavor, and oxtails have plenty. If you'd like, you can skim the fat that rises to the surface as you're cooking. Or, if you'd like to be more thorough about removing the fat before serving, refrigerate the stew once you reach the end of step three. Most of the fat should rise to the surface and solidify in an hour or two, making it much easier to remove more of the fat. Once you've done that, you can bring the stew back up to temperature on the stove and proceed with step four.

2. You can control your level of spice.

As written, this stew is definitely for the heat-seekers. If you're not so crazy about spice, opt for a single pepper, or none at all.

Additionally, if you're looking to make an authentically Jamaican-style stew, keep your eyes peeled for Scotch Bonnet peppers in your grocery store. They're as spicy as habaneros but with a slightly more tropical, almost fruity flavor that is preferred for traditional oxtail stews.

3. You can eat whole allspice berries.

Allspice berries are non-negotiable in this recipe, as they impart a ton of flavor to the final dish. You might be wondering if you're gonna have to fish all of them out of the stew when it's ready, and luckily, the answer is no! They will soften quite a bit while cooking, and when eaten will provide a small burst of allspice flavor and not much more. It's an essential part of the dish, and we promise you won't break your teeth on them. 😉

4. It makes the best leftovers ever.

Since making this stew requires a good amount of effort, we recommend freezing the leftovers in individual servings. This way, when you're ready to eat it again, all you have to do is whip up some rice while the stew defrosts! There's nothing like having a delicious bowl of stew at the end of a long day, so do yourself a favor and make extra for the leftovers. (Stews are always better next day anyway, right?)

Looking for more Jamaican recipes? Try our authentic Jerk Chicken recipe and never go back to boring chicken dinners again!

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Jamaican Drinkѕ


Jamaican Malta is a lightly carbonated malt beverage. It is brewed from barley, hops and water. Malta is like a beer that has not yet been fermented.

However, Jamaican Malta is non-alcoholic and is consumed in the same way as soda in its original carbonated form.

It has the same dark brown colour as a stout. But it has a sweet flavour like molasses. You can also drink it over ice.

Bоb Marley Cocktail

This drink has a signature green, yellow, red frozen layering and if perfectly instagrammable.

But instagram aside, it’s also delicious as it includes layers of strawberry daiquiri and mango.

While Sandals resorts originally created the recipe, you can also for it anywhere.

Bluе Mountain Coffee

Grown in the Blue Mountains, this Jamaican coffee has a reputation for being one of the best in the world.

Yet this isn’t a traditional Jamaican food, in fact Jamaicans don’t drink much coffee. And so 95% of coffee is exported and 75% of that goes to Japan.

Ginger Beer

While there are ginger beers all over the world, many of which are served in Moscow mule cocktails, what sets the Jamaican ginger beer apart frоm the rest is its ingredients.

It is authentically brewed with locally grown Jamaican ginger.

Jamaican ginger has traditionally been recognized as one of the best in the world. It is well known for its quality of flavour, oil content and appearance.

And if you love ginger beer it happens also to pair well with local rum.

Red Stripe

The iconic beer of Jamaica, although it comes in a stout bottle it is actually a lager.

You can also find Red Stripe Light, Red Stripe Bold and two flavored Red Stripe variants, lemon and sorrel.


In Jamaica sorrel punch is a holiday tradition. Made with antioxidant-rich dried sorrel flowers (aka hibiscus) that gives it a bright red colour.

Interestingly, it is one of the most common cold drinks in Mexico and called jamaica, although pronounced hah-my-ka.

The Jamaican drink is often a warm, spicy flavour, thanks to the fresh ginger and the combination of star anise, cinnamon and allspice.

It’s become so popular you can find it outside Christmas in Jamaica and Red Stripe has a flavoured version of their beer worth trying.


A soft drink made from grapefruit concentrate.

Locals оn the island sometimes mix it with citrus vodka to concoct an alcoholic drink that is perfect for the tropical heat.

Cосоnut Wаtеr

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young, green coconut. As a coconut ages, the water is replaced by air and coconut meat, which contains the fat. At this mature stage you find coconut milk.

But coconut water is great for hydration, fat-free and has many antioxidants. But go easy on it as it’s also a natural laxative.

Guinness Punch

Jamaican Guinness Punch is creamy, bitter and sweet all at the same time.

The punch isn’t fruity but instead made with Guinness, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and spices.

Dragon Stout

A nice contrast to Red Stripe, Dragon Stout is a typical dark, rich stout that pairs well with spicy traditional Jamaican food especially the scotch bonnet peppers.


Made from local sugar cane, you cannot visit Jamaica without trying just a little bit of rum.

Jamaica is home to some of the best rum cocktails around the world. While the most popular commercial brand is Appleton’s you can find many other brands throughout the island.


Technically all non-alcoholic hot beverages in Jamaica are called tea. So in this case, coffee is also tea. But Jamaicans don’t really drink coffee and most of it is exported.

Tea is common but not in the way you might expect. In Jamaica, tea is usually made from local plants and bark from trees.

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