Here are 10 dishes that every Jamaican should be able to prepare.
1. Jerk pork and Jerk chicken
Jerk is a style of cooking in Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spicy mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken and slowly cooked. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients may include cloves, garlic , scallions, nutmeg, thyme,cinnamon,ginger, brown sugar, and salt.
2. Ackee and Saltfish
Ackee and saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish. It’s very easy to prepare every Jamaican should know how to prepare this dish
To prepare the dish, salt cod (salt fish should be soaked overnight to eliminate most of the salt) is sautéed with boiled ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers (optional), tomatoes, and spices, such as black pepper and pimiento. It can be garnished with bacon and tomatoes, and is usually served as breakfast or dinner alongside breadfruit, hard dough bread, dumplings, fried plantain, or boiled green bananas.
3. Curry goat and Curry Chicken
Curry goat and Curry Chicken is a popular party dish in Jamaica, We Jamaicans have developed a special love for curry! Its a traditional Jamaican dish in which the meat is infused with the flavours of curry powder, chopped onion, escallion, garlic, ginger, thyme and scotch bonnet
This dish is the overall favorite in my family. I call it the great family connector. That’s because when word goes out that I’m making Oxtail and Rice, everyone shows up for dinner! Oxtail is a must-have dish at every Jamaican restaurant, whether it’s take-out and dine in. In my family it’s comfort food. Every Jamaican cook has their own way of making it, and I put lima beans in my recipe, though others don’t. The prep is easy but it does take time to cook … between two and two-and-a-half hours. How do you know it’s ready? The meat should be tender and falling off the bone! Pair it with steamed rice and a side salad and you’re good to go.
5. Red Peas Soup
Red peas soup is a soup eaten in Jamaica. It is made of kidney beans (known locally as red peas), seasonings such as scotch bonnet pepper, pimento seeds, etc. Red Peas Soup is usually eaten with yam and Jamaican dumplings and u can add pigtails thats if u want
6. Rice and peas
Rice and peas is a popular dish in Jamaica. It is also very nutritious and is usually made from rice (white or brown) and kidney beans or “red peas” as they’re colloquially called in Jamaica.Usually, this dish is a combination of creamy coconut milk, gungo peas, and plenty of thyme and garlic. Feel free to combine with any meat of your choice.
7. Stew peas
Stew Peas and Rice is a beloved Jamaican dish. For me, it’s simply comforting food
8. Escoveitched fish
9. Brown stew chicken
10. Cornmeal porridge
Jamaicans love their porridge and I’m no exception! Ever since I was a child, cornmeal porridge has been a breakfast favourite.
11 Cow foot and broad beans
12. Cow cod soup is another manly soup that only the strongest of men eat. In Jamaica we don’t say “eat soup”, we say “drink soup” because soup must have a lot of fluid that we drink from the soup bowl. In case you are wondering what is the cow cod, it is the testicles and or the manly organ of the bull. We call both male and female cows, even the bull…lol but it’s really bull cod soup. Add your ingredients to your preference.