Over its 26 years online, Jamaicans.com has collected over 400 truly Jamaican recipes. The recipes are invaluable to Jamaicans in the diaspora who often struggle to find their favorite home-cooked meals abroad. Jamaicans.com recipes also inspire local cooks to try their hand at island cuisine and serve as an introduction to Jamaican dishes. Recipes are also a primary resource for non-Jamaicans who enjoy the unique flavors of the country. During the COVID-19 lockdown, finding Jamaican recipes was a popular activity as people sought solace in replicating island cuisine at home or maybe just looking for something different to cook for dinner! Below are the 14 most requested recipes by Jamaican food lovers in Canada.
1. Jamaican Patty
The classic Jamaican patty is made with beef, but vegetarian, chicken, and shrimp patties have also become very popular. A Jamaican patty can be salty or sweet, although the corned beef version is arguably the more common variety. The galette features a bright yellow flaky crust colored with turmeric encasing a savory filling, then baked in the oven. The savory versions also feature a certain Jamaican warmth expected of Island chefs favorite Scotch Bonnet peppers. Jamaican patty is a popular street food in Jamaica and can also be found in the Caribbean. It lends itself to local influences.
2. Chicken curry
The key to Jamaican Chicken Curry is its marinade which imparts flavors of garlic, ginger, thyme, paprika, not peppers. Reflecting the influence of East Indian culture, Chicken Curry is the perfect blend of the familiar and the exotic.
3. Peanut punch
Jamaican peanut punch is extremely high in protein and is popular as an energy drink on the island. It is often sold by street vendors who add their own “secret ingredients” like Irish moss. In its simplest form, punch is a flavorful combination of peanuts, sugar, white rum, nutmeg, vanilla, and evaporated milk. Can also be made without alcohol.
4. Sweet potato pudding
No Sunday dinner in Jamaica is complete without a sweet potato pudding. Sometimes described as “hell above, hell below and hallelujah in the middle,” this savory pudding is made with sweet potatoes, coconut milk and brown sugar. Its combination of vanilla, nutmeg and allspice, along with the addition of raisins and other dried fruits, make this dessert dish popular with diners.
5. Cornmeal porridge
A dish associated with nostalgia for a Jamaican childhood. Often the first meal of the day, this creamy, flavorful porridge is also often the first solid food babies are given. Traditionally eaten with pieces of hard bread added, bread can also be soaked in porridge to provide a tasty bite.
6. Pea stew
The combination of kidney beans, called red peas in Jamaica, cooked in coconut milk with hot peppers and flavored with chili, thyme, and green onion is popular throughout Jamaica. A hearty dish that lends itself to accompanying your favorite main course.
7. Boiled flour dumpling recipe
Traditional and warm, a boiled flour dumpling is about as comforting as it gets. Some say the dumplings provide no nutritional value, but her fans can’t think of having a meal with some of the familiar treats.
8. Jamaican Fried Dumplings
In the past, travelers took these fried dumplings with them on long journeys. At that time, they were called “travel cakes”. Later they were called “johnnycakes”. They are made from flour, salt, baking powder, butter and water, what could be simpler? But dumplings are a wonderful accompaniment to any main course, and who doesn’t love something fried?
9. Jamaican Fried Chicken
Jamaican Fried Chicken can be marinated in a mixture of water, onion powder, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, and curry powder to achieve its unique island flavor. Or these spices can be used as a dry rub instead. A great dish for a Sunday dinner, chicken gets its spicy reputation from scotch bonnet peppers.
10. Bully beef
In Jamaica, canned corned beef is known as “bully beef”. It is often served as a spicy dinner dish and is popular because it is quick and easy to prepare. The beef is combined with onions, fresh thyme, tomatoes, green onions and Scotch Bonnet pepper. The fact that it is both satisfying and easy to prepare has made this dish a must-have meal during hurricane season in Jamaica.
A popular street food choice that features the spices and seasonings preferred by the particular cook who prepares it. It is made from a mixture of cornmeal and flour, then fried in oil. Often served as an accompaniment to escovitch fish.
12. Jamaican Mac and Cheese
Jamaican version of the all-time favorite is flavored with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Scottish peppers, red peppers, and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese. Irresistible.
13. Oxtail and Jamaican Beans
This hearty stew is similar to beef stew and is slowly cooked with oxtail accompanied by canned bacon, potatoes and butter beans. It also contains tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers, and flavors of thyme, garlic and onions.
14. Hominy porridge
It is truly nostalgic food for native Jamaicans who remember eating it for breakfast as a child. Porridge is a combination of coconut milk and condensed milk with brown sugar, nutmeg, and the optional addition of vanilla for flavoring.
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