The Best Jamaican Food Recipes

Spice Up Your Taste Buds

These mouth-watering, aromatic, enticing Jamaican food recipes that are easy to prepare and are some of my favorite. The picture below is the ackee pod on its tree. The pod is picked when it opens on the tree then we make our national dish - try the recipe below.

Ackee hanging from tree

Jamaican Foods are spicy and pungent, can be greasy and filing, are a blend of African, Chinese, Indian and European mix, but these recipes are heart-healthy, lower in fat - especially saturated fat, and low in cholesterol and sodium.

Jamaican Food Recipes For You To Try

Ackee And Saltfish

Ackee and saltfish recipe, Jamaican food recipesAckee and Saltfish, Fried Dumplings

Ackee is Jamaican's national dish. This red skinned fruit, which is treated like a vegetable, and can only be eaten after the pod opens. Unripe and un-open ackee is poisonous. The seeds are discarded and the lobes are carefully cleaned of a thin red membrane before being boiled.


1 dozen ackees1/2 lb saltfish
1 small onion2 cloves garlic
1 sprig thyme - chopped1 teaspoon black pepper
1 small red sweet pepper or red bell pepper2 tablespoon paprika powder
4 tablespoon olive oil, or grapeseed oil

Cooking Instructions

Soak saltfish overnight or for three hours. Refill pot with fresh water then boil for 10 minutes. Strain off hot water, run cold water over saltfish to cool then pick-up or flake into small pieces. 

Boil ackee for 2 minutes only, strain and put aside.

Heat oil and saute thinly sliced onion, sweet pepper, garlic, paprika, black pepper, thyme in a saucepan.  Then add and stir in saltfish and ackee, cover and simmer for three minutes on very low heat.

Ackee is usually eaten for Sunday breakfast and served with either boiled green banana, fried plantains, fried flour dumplings or roast breadfruit.

Curried Goat Recipe

Curried Goat, Jamaican food recipesCurried Goat with White Rice

Goat is another favorite of Jamaican food recipes.


3 lbs goat meat2 onion
4 tablespoon curry powder3 stalks escallion
1 Scotch Bonnet pepper4 stalks thyme
2 tablespoon salt

Cooking Instructions

Wash goat meat, drain then add all the seasonings. Let stand for a hour or overnight in refrigerator.

Place meat with all the seasonings in a dutch pot, add a cup of water, cover and simmer. Keep adding 2 cups of water and cook until tender.

To make gravy just add 2 tablespoon of bread crumbs and let simmer for another three minutes.

Serve with brown rice.

Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jamaican food recipesRice and Peas, Chicken, Vegetables and Juice

The term jerk refers to the special spices used to season the chicken that when cooked is succulent, spicy and scrumptious.


8 pieces of chicken1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 hot pepper,chopped2 teaspoons oregano, crushed
3 stalks thyme, chopped6 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice2 onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoon brown sugar1 cup water
2 tablespoon lime juice1 tablespoon Cinnamon power

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine all the seasonings then rub seasonings over chicken.  Best if marinate in refrigerator overnight or for six hours or more.

Place chicken in nonstick or lightly greased baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then remove foil and continue banking until meat can be easily pulled away from bone with a fork.

Hopefully, your taste buds were opened by our Jamaican food recipes and by making small changes in the way you and your family cooks and eat, you can help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Enjoy and keep the heart of your family strong.

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