20 Irresistible Jamaican Foods To Try in 2021-Recipes and Videos Included

Jamaica is not only known for its culture and music but also its exotic cuisine. There are so many irresistible Jamaican foods to try whilst vacationing on the island. The Travel Virgin is here to guide you with a list of the must-try foods in Jamaica. Additionally, we are providing you with the recipes so that you can prepare these tasty dishes on your own.

Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica and is number 1 on our list of foods to try. It is usually eaten for breakfast with a serving of fried or boiled dumplings.

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Recipe
Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

Interesting Facts: Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee can be potentially fatal if it is not picked and cleaned properly. In light of this, if you are not familiar with picking and cleaning ackee, it is best to use the tin ackee that has been properly picked and cleaned.

  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Recipe

  • 1/2 pound saltfish
  • 1 can of ackee drained from brine –purchase here
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper –purchase here
  • 2 stalk(s) chopped escallion
  • 1 small sweet julienne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 medium chopped onion,
  • 1 medium chopped tomato,
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil-purchase here
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

Directions

  1. Soak saltfish in cold water for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  2. Pour off cold water and add fresh water and cook until saltfish is tender
  3. Debone saltfish into flakes
  4. Sautee onions, escallion, sweet pepper, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper in vegetable oil
  5. Add deboned flaked saltfish to sauteed ingredients
  6. Add drained ackee and highly toss
  7. Cover pot and place on low heat for 3 minutes.

Ackee and Saltfish Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Stewed Oxtail and Beans

One of the tastiest Jamaican foods you will find. This dish is usually served for dinner with rice and peas and vegetables as a side dish.

Jamaican Oxtail and Beans Recipe
Jamaican Oxtail and Beans Recipe
  • Serves: 5 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Recipe

  • 4 pounds oxtail
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 3 medium onions
  • 3 stalks escallion
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 6 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil-purchase here
  • 10 cups hot water
  • 3 cans Butter Beans – purchase here

Directions

  1. Cut oxtail into medium size pieces.
  2. Slice onions and tomatoes and finely chop carrots, garlic, and escallion.
  3. Trim excess fat of oxtail pieces and boil in water for 4 minutes for the purpose of scalding. 
  4. Dry oxtail well on a paper towel
  5. Coat oxtail with cornflour. 
  6. Sprinkle oxtail with black pepper and salt.
  7. Heat coconut oil in a dutch pot or heavy bottom pot. – purchase dutch pot
  8. Place oxtail in coconut oil and turn and brown on both sides
  9. Pour off excess coconut oil.
  10. Place oxtail in a pot with onions, tomatoes carrot, garlic, escallion, thyme, and hot water.
  11. Cover pot and simmer gently for 3 1/2 hours or until oxtail is tender.  (Use a pressure cooker to shorten the time to cook).
  12. Add more seasoning and liquid, if necessary.
  13. Cover pot and simmer for a final 25-30 minutes.
  14. Add Butter Beans and allow to simmer with oxtail for 5 minutes.

Oxtail Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Stewed Chicken

Another popular tasty Jamaican food. This is usually eaten with white rice or rice and peas.

Jamaican Stewed Chicken Recipe
Jamaican Stewed Chicken Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Recipe

  • 4  chicken breasts whole
  • 1/4 cups Cane Vinegar – purchase here
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon browning- purchase here
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped scotch bonnet pepper, de-seeded
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 stalks chopped escallion
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup coconut oil-purchase here
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon of browning sauce- purchase here
  • 1 cup of ketchup- purchase here

Directions

  1. Wash chicken breasts in vinegar or lime and water solution
  2. Debone chicken breast
  3. Marinate deboned chicken in browning sauce, chicken seasoning, pepper, salt, chopped escallion, onions, garlic and thyme.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan, stir fry deboned chicken breasts until it turns a light brown color.
  5. Pour off excess coconut oil.
  6. Add water and ketchup and simmer for 10 minutes on a low flame.

Stew Chicken Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Curry Goat

A popular Jamaican food, curry goat is usually served with white rice.

Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe
Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe
  • Serves: 6 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Recipe

  • 3 and 1/2 pounds of goat meat
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white Vinegar-click here to purchase
  • 3 tablespoon curry powder-click here to purchase
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 sprigs chopped thyme
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 stalks chopped escallion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1/2 whole deseeded chopped scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 1/4 cups coconut oil-purchase here
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 medium diced Irish potato
  • 2 medium sliced carrot
  • 6 whole crushed pimento berries-purchase here

Directions

  1. Trim goat meat and cut it into small bite-size pieces.
  2. Wash goat meat in a mixture of water and vinegar or lime and water.
  3. Add 2 tablespoon curry powder, chopped ginger, garlic, onion, thyme, escallion, scotch bonnet pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Rub the seasonings on the goat meat.
  5. Cover goat meat and put it to marinate for two hours.
  6. Heat coconut oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat.
  7. Add the remaining tablespoon of curry powder to coconut oil. 
  8. Add the marinated goat meat to the coconut oil and curry powder and allow it to sear under high heat.  This will seal in the juices of the goat meat.
  9. Turn the goat meat and add 3 3/4 cups of boiling water. 
  10. Cover goat meat and allow it to simmer for about 1 hour 30 minutes until the goat meat is tender.
  11. Place the diced potato in the pot and cook for 7 minutes. 
  12. Add the sliced carrot and pimento berries and cook for an additional 7 minutes.

Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Curry Chicken

A popular Jamaican food is usually eaten with white rice.

Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe
Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe
  • Serves: 6 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe

  • 4 pounds of chicken
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white Vinegar- purchase here
  • 3 tablespoon curry powder- purchase here
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 sprigs chopped thyme
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 stalks chopped escallion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1/2 whole deseeded chopped scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 1/4 cups coconut oil- purchase here
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 medium diced Irish potato
  • 2 medium sliced carrot
  • 6 whole crushed pimento berries-purchase here
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. Cut chicken it into small bite-size pieces.
  2. Wash chicken in a mixture of water and vinegar or lime and water.
  3. Add 2 tablespoon curry powder, chopped ginger, garlic, onion, thyme, escallion, scotch bonnet pepper, salt, and black pepper to chicken and rub in well.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a heavy pot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of curry powder and the grated ginger and allow to “burn” for about 1 1/2 minute.
  5. Add the seasoned chicken to the pot with the coconut oil and curry and cook whilst stirring for about 8 minutes.
  6. Pour 3 1/2 cups of hot water.
  7. Add carrots and Irish potatoes.
  8. Allow chicken to cook for about 45 minutes.
  9. Dissolve cornstarch in a half cup of water and add it to the curried chicken and stir it well.
  10. Simmer for 7 minutes. 

Curry Chicken Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Stewed Peas with Pig Tails

Another very popular Jamaican food. Stew peas is usually eaten with rice.

Jamaican Stew Peas Recipe
Jamaican Stew Peas Recipe
  • Serves: 6 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour

Recipe

  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups red kidney beans
  • 10 cloves crushed garlic
  • 12  pimento berries (whole)-purchase here
  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk –purchase here
  • 5 stalks chopped escallion
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (make sure not to burst) or 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper deseeded
  • 6 ounces of flour
  • 6 pieces of pig tail

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pressure cooker-purchase here, make sure to follow instruction for use as it can be dangerous if opened before it cools down 
  2. Add red kidney beans, pimento, 4 cloves of garlic to pressure cooker and pressure for 45 minutes.
  3. Pigtail should be boiled out for 2 hours and then add to the kidney beans in the pressure cooker. 
  4. After 45 minutes is complete, allow the pressure cooker to cool.
  5. Please ensure the pressure cooker is cooled fully before opening.
  6. Add coconut milk, 6 cloves of crushed garlic, onion, escallion, thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper. 
  7. Add spinners and stir well and allow the stew to reduce.

    How To Make Spinner
  8. Combine 6 ounces flour
  9. Add a pinch of salt
  10. Bind flour with and enough water to bind
  11. Make small flat dumplings and place in the stew
  12. Allow spinners to cook in the stew for 15 minutes.

Brown Stew Fish

Brown stew fish is usually eaten with white and peas.

Jamaican Brown Stew Fish Recipe
Jamaican Brown Stew Fish Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Recipe

  • 4 pounds Fish (whole)
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 1/3 oz. soy sauce -purchase here
  • 1/4 oz. browning- purchase here
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 10 oz. Water
  • 1 green chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 oz. ginger powder
  • 3 tablespoon bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Wash the fish in a vinegar and water solution or with lime juice.
  2. Dry the fish properly with a paper hand towel
  3. Rub the fishes with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in the skillet on high for 3 minutes then turn the heat to medium.
  5. Place fish in hot coconut oil carefully to avoid getting splashed and burnt
  6. Fry fish until it’s golden brown. Try not to move fish around and only turn fish once when the side is brown and well fried to fry the other side.
  7. Remove fish from the frying pan.
  8. Discard used coconut oil and replace it with fresh coconut oil.
  9. Saute garlic, onions, bell pepper in new oil for 2 minutes with the pot covered
  10. Add water and ginger powder to sauteed vegetables
  11. Add fish to the pot and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Brown Stew Fish Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

                            Brown Stew Fish Pickle

  • 10 chopped scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 slices christophine (cho cho)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • vinegar
  • 15 pimento seeds ( Allspice)-purchase here
  • 1 16oz. Bottle or Bottle

Method:

  1. Cut the carrots and christophine(cho cho) long ways into 4 pieces.
  2. Place carrots and christophine(cho cho) inside the bottle vertically.
  3. Now add 1/2 of the amount of the scotch bonnet peppers with 15 pimento seed, and onions to the jar.
  4. Press contents into the jar with a spoon.
  5. Pour vinegar onto the ingredients, and tightly seal the jar cover.
  6. Let this sit in the jar for 1 week or longer before using it.
  7. You can use this pickle on your brown stew fish and cold cuts.
Jamaican Pickle Recipe

Escovitch Fish

This popular Jamaican food is usually eaten with festival. Please see the festival recipe below.

Jamaican Escoveitch (Escovitch) Fish Recipe
Jamaican Escoveitch (Escovitch) Fish Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Recipe

  • 4 snapper fish (whole)
  • 1/4 cups vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup of coconut oil-purchase here

Directions

  1. Clean and fish in a mixture of vinegar and water.
  2. Pat fish dry with absorbent paper.
  3. Combine salt and black pepper and use to rub on fish to season the fish.
  4. Cover fish and allow the salt and black pepper to marinate.
  5. Heat frying skillet over medium flame and add coconut oil.
  6. Add 5 cloves of crushed garlic and fry to release flavour.
  7. Add whole fish and fry until it is lightly browned on both sides
  8. Drain on absorbent paper.
  9. Arrange on a serving platter and drizzle with Escoveitched Sauce.
  10. Place Pickle On Fish

Fish Pickle

  • 10 chopped scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 slices christophine (cho cho)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • vinegar
  • 15 pimento seeds ( Allspice)-purchase here
  • 1 16oz. Bottle or Bottle

Method:

  1. Cut the carrots and christophine(cho cho) long ways into 4 pieces.
  2. Place carrots and christophine(cho cho) inside the bottle vertically.
  3. Now add 1/2 of the amount of the scotch bonnet peppers with 15 pimento seed, and onions to the jar.
  4. Press contents into the jar with a spoon.
  5. Pour vinegar onto the ingredients, and tightly seal the jar cover.
  6. Let this sit in the jar for 1 week or longer before using it.

Escovitch Fish Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Steamed Fish

Steamed fish is usually eaten with white rice.

Jamaican Steam Fish Recipe
Jamaican Steam Fish Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons of fish seasoning
  • 2 cups diced Irish potato
  • 2 cup diced pumpkin
  • 4 medium sliced okras, sliced
  • 4 whole snapper
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped scotch bonnet pepper (deseeded)
  • 2 medium chopped onion
  • 8 cloves chopped garlic
  • 4 stalks chopped escallion
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 10 whole crackers

Directions

  1. Put fish seasoning in a large skillet and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pumpkin, Irish potato, pumpkin and okra to the skillett and cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a knife to Slit fish on both sides.
  4. Stuff the cavity with seasonings and vegetables (garlic, tomato, escallion, black pepper, onion, and scotch bonnet pepper).
  5. Sprinkle fish with the remaining black pepper.
  6. Place fish into the boiling fish seasoning and add the remaining garlic, tomato, escallion, black pepper, thyme, onion, and scotch bonnet pepper
  7. Spoon fish stock over the fish.
  8. cover and steam fish over medium flame for 15 minutes.
  9. Place crackers in pot and steam for 1 minute and pour fish stock over it using a spoon.

    Steamed Fish Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Ital Stew

A popular Jamaican food, it is usually eaten with white rice.

Jamaican Ital Stew Recipe
Jamaican Ital Stew Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour

Recipe

  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups of dry red kidney beans
  • 8 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 8 whole pimento berries-purchase here
  • 1 can  coconut milk-purchase here
  • 2 medium sliced carrot
  • 2 large diced Irish potato, diced
  • 1 medium diced christophine (cho cho)
  • 8 ounces dough
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 stalks crushed escallion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper-purchase here

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pot.
  2. Wash dry red kidney beans.
  3. Add dry kidney beans, water, crushed garlic, and pimento berries to the pot and boil until the kidney beans are tender.
  4. Pour in coconut milk and add Irish potatoes, carrots, and cho cho.
  5. Use the dough to make very small spinners and add to the mixture.
  6. Add the crushed escallion, thyme, salt, and black pepper and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Ital Stew Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Steamed Cabbage

Steamed Cabbage, a tasty Jamaican food eaten with fried dumplings.

Jamaican Stewed Cabbage Recipe
Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 7 minutes
  • 1 medium chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 chopped Green cabbage
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 medium green Onion
  • A pinch of Salt 
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet.
  2. Shred cabbage, and cut carrot thinly.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  4. Sauté thyme, garlic, onion, bell pepper, and salt.
  5. Add carrots and carrots to the pot and stir well.
  6. Add scotch bonnet pepper and water.
  7. Cover skillet and allow to cook for about 8 minutes whilst stirring occasionally.

Steamed Cabbage Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Spicy Coconut Shrimp

Spicy coconut shrimp, A delectable Jamaican food eaten with rice.

Jamaican Spicy Coconut Shrimp Recipe
Jamaican Spicy Coconut Shrimp Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil-purchase here
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder- purchase here
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Jerk Seasoning
  • 2 pounds of cleaned and deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup green chopped escallion
  • 1 cup of coconut milk-purchase here
  • 1 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup red julienne sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup julienne green sweet pepper, julienne
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Grace Hot Pepper Sauce

Directions

  1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet. 
  2. Add chopped curry powder, garlic, curry powder jerk seasoning and cook for about two minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook for about four minutes whilst stirring. 
  4. Mix in the green escallion and the coconut milk.
  5. Combine cornstarch and water and put in a pot with shrimp until sauce thickens.
  6. Place red and green julienne sweet peppers, hot pepper sauce, and cook for one minute.

Spicy Coconut Shrimp Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken is usually eaten with the popular Jamaican food, festival.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
  • Serves: 6 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 24 hours
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • 6 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 3 tablespoons jerk seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper-purchase here
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce-purchase here
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil-purchase here
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine all ingredients above in a bowl, mix well and let marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Cook seasoned marinated chicken in the oven at 375˚F for 40 mins, turning once.
  3. Jerk Chicken can also be done on a grill.

Jerk Chicken Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Rice and Peas

Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe
Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Recipe

  • 2 cups of coconut milk-purchase here
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 stalks crushed escallion
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup Rice
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper

Rice and Peas Directions

  1. Combine coconut milk and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the onion escallion, kidney beans, thyme, salt and stir well.
  3. Stir in the rice and the whole scotch bonnet pepper; cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the flame and allow the rice to boil until the rice grains are tender.
  5. Be careful to avoid bursting the scotch bonnet pepper

    Rice and Peas Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Fried Plaintain

A Jamaica side food that is eaten with many main dishes.

Jamaican Fry Plaintain Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Recipe

  • 1 large Ripe Plantain
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (use as needed)-purchase here

Directions

  1. Peel and slice plantain.
  2. Heat coconut oil on a medium flame for 1 minute in frying pan.
  3. Place plantain in the frying pan and fry until golden brown.
  4. Remove and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Fry Plaintain Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Festival

Festival is usually eaten with fried or steamed fish, jerk chicken or pork.

Jamaican Festival Recipe
Jamaican Festival Recipe
  • Serves: 2 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Recipe

  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 9 ounces Cornmeal
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon Margarine
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of coconut oil-purchase here
  1. In a large mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder, and Cornmeal.
  2.  Add nutmeg, sugar, salt, Margarine, and lime juice.
  3. Gradually add water to bind the mixture together.
  4. Leave the dough to relax for two minutes.
  5. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan, shape dough into fat fingers and fry until brown.
  6. Drain on absorbent paper.

Festival Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Fried Dumplings

This is usually eaten at breakfast with ackee and saltfish, steamed cabbage or stew chicken.

Jamaican Fry Dumpling Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Recipe

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon melted Margarine
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut oil-purchase here

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, Margarine, and water and mix well. 
  2. Add milk and continue mixing.
  3. Add the remaining flour and knead it until it forms a dough that is smooth.
  4. Put the dough to relax in a covered airtight container for 1/2 an hour.
  5. Heat coconut oil in a large Dutch pot. Roll dough into individual pieces shaped like a small ball.
  6. Place the ball-shaped dough into the heated coconut oil and fry for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Drain excess oil from fry dumplings by placing it on an absorbent paper towel.

Fry Dumpling Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Christmas Cake

Oh this black cake is very popular in Jamaica at Christmas time.

Jamaican Christmas Cake Recipe
Jamaican Christmas Cake Recipe
  • Serves: 10 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 20 Minutes
  • Baking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Recipe

  • 1 pound Margarine
  • 4 medium eggs or 6 small eggs
  • 1 pound dark sugar
  • 6 cup counter flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavouring
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 6 tablespoons browning- purchase here
  • 1 pound mixed fruits, soaked

Directions

  1. Cream sugar and margarine until fluffy and light.
  2. Beat in eggs gradually one at a time.
  3. Stir in almond flavouring and vanilla essence.
  4. Combine mixed spice, counter flour, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  5. Divide the liquid mixture into two and the flour mixture into three.
  6. Mix the flour mixture into the creamed mixture whilst adding the browning, red wine, and mixed fruits.
  7. Scrape mixture with a spatula into a greased and lined 12″ baking tin.
  8. Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 350°F or until the metal skewer check is clean.

Christmas Cake Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Sweet Potato Pudding

Jamaican Sweet Potato Recipe
Jamaican Sweet Potato Recipe
  • Serves: 4 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 45 Minutes
  • Baking Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Recipe

  • 6 pounds sweet Potato
  • 3 1/2 cups dark Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1 packet coconut milk powder-purchase here
  • 5 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cups melted Margarine
  • 1 whole grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon browning- purchase here

Sweet Potato Pudding Directions

  1.  Peel and grate sweet potatoes.
  2. Place grated sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add flour, dark cane sugar, and raisins.
  4. Combine coconut milk powder with water in a cup and mix well.
  5. Add coconut milk to the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Add nutmeg, melted margarine, salt, cinnamon powder, browning, vanilla, rum, and lime juice and mix well.
  7. Scrape mixture using a spatula into 10inch a greased baking tin.
  8. Bake in an oven that is pre-heated to 350 for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours.

Sweet Potato Pudding Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

Peanut Drops

A popular Jamaican food, this sweet treat is often sold by roadside vendors.

Jamaican Peanut Drop Recipe
Jamaican Peanut Drop Recipe
  • Serves: 20 persons
  • Time To Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 6 tablespoons minced or shredded ginger
  • 3 1/2 cups dark unprocessed sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Combine the peanuts, ginger, sugar, and water.
  2. Place in a deep pot.
  3. Put stove on high heat and boil until the water is gone and the sugar is brown and sticky.
  4. Stir the mixture and use a spoon to scoop the mixture in mounds 1 1/4 inch high and place on greased paper.
  5. Leave the 20 mound pieces on greased paper to harden and cool.

Peanut Drop Preparation Video – The Recipe in The Video is An Alternative To The One Above.

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