Dishes Every Jamaican Should Know How to Cook/Jamaican me crazy

Whether or not you’re a foodie, you certainly do have to spend significant portions of your life eating food. And it certainly adds to your reputation as a Jamaican when you not only know how good food, but you know how to cook them as well. Here are 10 dishes that every Jamaican should be able to prepare.

1. Jerk chicken and jerk pork or beef

Jerk meat dishes are loved everywhere for the spiciness and smoky flavour that many swear are as a result of super secret ingredients in the jerk seasoning. So what are these secret ingredients? Most likely allspice – a spicy seasoning made from dried pimento berries, scotch bonnet pepper, onion, thyme and ginger. If you’re aiming for the authentic jerk taste, allow the meat to marinate in sauce made from the spices, and then slow cook on a grill with pimento wood. And that’s real Jamaican jerk! However, if you’re using the oven you may also want to add bottled jerk sauce to your list of ingredients and forget about the pimento wood.


  • 4 lbs. chicken or Pork Belly
  • Jerk Sauce
  • lemon or lime juice

Jerk Sauce


  • 1/2 cup Pimenta ( allspice berries)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 4-6 Scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme or 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 1-2 bunches scallions (green onions)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce to moisten


  1. Put content in a food processor or blender and liquefy
  2. Pour sauce in a Jar and keep refrigerated.
  3. The sauce will keep forever if kept refrigerated
  4. To increase spiciness blend pepper and pimenta and add to sauce the hot peppers at any time.



  1. Clean, skin,and cut chicken in medium pieces,then wash the chicken wing drumettes with lime or lemon juice
  2. Rub the chicken wing drumettes with the Jerk seasoning.
  3. Be sure to rub under skin . Then pour the rest of the Jerk Sauce in a bowl.  Put the chicken  in the bowl to marinate in the Jerk Sauce.
  4. Marinate overnight.
  5. Grill at lowest possible setting over a low fire until done. If you are using an oven preheat it to 450 degree and cook the chicken wing 30 minutes.
  6. Pimento (all spice) branches (this is what is used in Jamaica) mixed with charcoal is best. If not try to use an aromatic wood in the barbecue grill to enhance the flavor.
  7.  Jerk Chicken is served traditionally with Jamaican hard-dough bread




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