27 Easy Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes

Easy Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes

Looking for a vegetarian version of a traditional Caribbean dish? You’ve come to the right place.

Popular ingredients like pumpkin, plantains, and coconut are featured in many of these easy Caribbean vegetarian recipes.

And don’t forget the spices! Ginger, allspice, thyme, and hot pepper add lots of flavor to these dishes.

1. Caribbean Vegetable Curry

Caribbean Vegetable Curry

Packed with tasty veggies like spinach, red peppers, and butternut squash, this delicious curry is full of nutrients and vitamins.

The red kidney beans make this dish high in fiber and protein so it will keep you feeling satisfied.

An excellent main dish option, this vegetable curry tastes great the next day. You can also store it in the freezer to save for another time.

Lots of spices including ginger, cayenne, and black peppercorns bring some heat to this Caribbean meal.

The creamy coconut milk and tangy lime juice are a winning combination in this tasty vegetable curry.

2. Vegan Paella (Caribbean Paella)

 Vegan Paella (Caribbean Paella)

A unique Caribbean take on a traditional Spanish dish, this vegan paella is sure to satisfy your whole family.

Hearty chunks of pumpkin and sweet potato combine with sliced red and yellow peppers and green peas to make a brightly colored dish.

This recipe uses a scotch bonnet pepper to add flavor and spice, along with saffron which adds a lovely golden color to the rice.

You can make this dish in only 40 minutes, including preparation time. And you only need one pan which means clean-up time is fast!

This vegan paella is also gluten-free making it suitable for people with intolerances. This dish can be stored in the freezer for an easy heat-and-serve meal on another day.

3. Vegan Caribbean Bowl

Vegan Caribbean Bowl

This delicious meal is actually three dishes in one!

It combines sweet coconut rice, delicious roasted plantains, and a chickpea potato curry.

With no nuts, gluten, or soy, this is a great meal for people with dietary restrictions or allergies.

Onions and garlic are combined with spices, including coriander, cumin, turmeric, and fennel to create a mouth-watering dish.

Canned chickpeas are a quick option for this curry, or if you have some extra time, you can cook dried chickpeas for a fresher taste.

4. Simple Coconut & Bean Soup

Simple Coconut & Bean Soup

An easy-to-make dish, this Caribbean soup is just the thing to warm you up on a cold day in winter.

This one-dish meal is packed with protein to help keep you feeling full and give you energy for your busy day.

Three different kinds of beans are used in this soup: pinto beans, red kidney beans, and black-eyed beans.

Coconut milk and vegetable stock are combined to make up a hearty broth, while garlic, thyme, and allspice add plenty of flavor to the soup.

This dish takes only 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish, making it a great option for those busy evenings.

Enjoy this simple soup with a loaf of warm, crusty bread, or try a flatbread like roti.

5. Man-up Caribbean Veg Curry & Fresh Roti

Man-up Caribbean Veg Curry & Fresh Roti

Roti is a round, unleavened, flatbread that is simple to make at home and goes very well with curries, soups, and stews.

This vegetarian curry features vegetables including eggplant, two different kinds of sweet bell peppers, and potatoes.

Plenty of spices are added to this dish for flavor including allspice, cayenne, and coriander.

Customize this dish to your desired level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of scotch bonnet chili. Start with a little as they pack some powerful heat!

Bursting with flavor, this dish includes tangy lime and sweet pineapple. The combination of creamy peanut butter and coconut milk gives it a velvety smooth texture.

6. Caribbean Jerk Chili

Caribbean Jerk Chili

This jerk chili is the perfect dish to make when you want to enjoy some tropical island flavors for your dinner.

Sweet, juicy mango, zesty lime, and rich coconut milk bring the tastes and aromas of the Caribbean islands right into your kitchen.

A Jamaican jerk seasoning is used to add even more flavor to this colorful dish.

You’ll only need one dish to make this chili, which means clean-up is a breeze. The jerk chili can be served over basmati rice.

Suitable for many people who have dietary restrictions, this chili is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

7. Crispy Caribbean Veggie Wraps

Crispy Caribbean Veggie Wraps

Sweet potatoes and black beans are combined to make the filling for these vegetarian appetizers.

Crisp red onion, fragrant cilantro, and tangy lime juice give these wraps a fresh flavor while cumin, garlic, and jalapeno add the spice.

Rolled up with wonton wrappers, these veggie wraps are fun to make! Get the kids involved with making dinner with this recipe.

You’ll be enjoying these tasty treats in no time since they only take 15 minutes to bake in the oven.

Add a fresh salsa for dipping and you’ve got a winning appetizer on your hands. Try serving these veggie wraps at your next party!

8. Doubles


A common street food served in Trinidad, doubles are named for the two pieces of fried dough used in the recipe.

The freshly made bara, or fried dough, is filled with channa to create a unique type of Caribbean sandwich.

Channa is made by combining chickpeas with garlic and onions, then adding cilantro, coriander, curry powder, and turmeric for lots of flavors.

Doubles can be served as an appetizer, a main course, or even as a snack! The warm bara and tasty channa will have you wanting more.

9. Jamaican Callaloo

Jamaican Callaloo

Callaloo is a green, leafy vegetable dish that is traditionally eaten with breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Jamaica.

This nutritious and flavorful side dish is made with tomatoes, garlic, and onions, along with thyme. The scotch bonnet pepper is added which kicks up the heat a notch.

High in vitamins and minerals, callaloo is also full of protein and fiber, making this a healthy option to choose.

A fast and easy recipe, Jamaican callaloo can be made in just 20 minutes. It’s a great choice when you’re rushed for time and need to get something on the table fast.

Try serving this vegan, gluten-free side dish with rice, dumplings, or plantains. Its versatility is one of its benefits!

10. Jamaican Rice & Gungo Peas

Jamaican Rice & Gungo Peas

Gungo peas are also known as pigeon peas. They have a slightly nutty flavor and are commonly used in a variety of Caribbean and Latin dishes.

Rice and beans (or peas) are one of the simplest dishes to make and there are endless variations.

This Jamaican side dish is made with parboiled rice which has a nice golden color and a nutty flavor.

Creamy coconut milk, thyme, and a scotch bonnet pepper are used to infuse flavor and heat into this meal.

You can make this dish in only 40 minutes and any leftovers can be easily frozen for later use.

11. Caribbean Black Beans with Mango Salsa

Caribbean Black Beans with Mango Salsa

This nourishing black bean dish is ideally served with warm rice. Varieties like jasmine or basmati go well with this recipe.

Black beans are cooked with garlic, ginger, thyme, and allspice to create a symphony of flavors.

The real star of this recipe is the mango salsa which adds a freshness to the dish.

Mango, cucumber, and tomato are combined with a hot chili and coriander, resulting in a burst of flavor.

Usually served with rice, you can also enjoy this dish with roti or other flatbread.

12. Aubergine and Sweet Potato Casserole

Aubergine and Sweet Potato Casserole

Inspired by the flavors and foods of Antigua, this vegetarian casserole is sure to please your friends and family.

Chickpeas, sweet potato, aubergine, and tomato make up the base of this main course meal. All of these vegetables and legumes make this a healthy choice.

Lots of flavors are added to the dish using allspice, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, garlic, and nutmeg.

Pineapple, whether fresh or canned, brings a sweetness and freshness to this Caribbean casserole.

Lastly, the addition of freshly chopped parsley adds a clean, slightly bitter taste to the meal.

This is a filling dish on its own but you can serve it with rice or flatbread if desired.

13. Black Bean Cakes with Salsa & Coriander Lime Yogurt

Black Bean Cakes with Salsa & Coriander Lime Yogurt

These tasty black bean cakes are a great option for a light, healthy, vegetarian lunch.

Mashed black beans are combined with sauteed onion and garlic, spiced with cumin and coriander, and then baked in the oven.

The delicious homemade salsa is made from vegetables that are roasted in the oven. It also has a hint of jalapeno flavor.

Finally, the yogurt is easy to make by simply adding chopped coriander and fresh lime juice.

Substitutions can be easily made to make this recipe gluten-free or vegan.

14. Souse


In the Caribbean, souse is traditionally made with pig feet and is a dish served cold.

This vegetarian version of souse uses a soy-based protein instead of meat and is served hot.

Nutritious and filling, this dish includes vegetables like carrots, potatoes, celery, and onions.

To add flavor to the souse, the recipe calls for thyme and allspice. Habanero peppers are added to give some heat and spice to this dish.

Lime juice is added to the souse for a sweet yet tangy taste that helps to balance the starchiness of the carrots and potatoes.

15. Rasta Pasta

Rasta Pasta

This creative pasta dish makes a great dinner entree. It’s an ideal choice to serve when you have dinner guests.

Instead of meatballs, this pasta is topped with a vegetarian version called walnut balls!

Jamaican jerk seasoning, along with other spices, is added to the walnut-mushroom mixture to give it that Caribbean flavor.

The cooked linguine is topped with a delicious, creamy pasta sauce made from coconut milk and seasoned with curry powder.

The three types of bell peppers in this dish make it both colorful and nutritious!

16. Vegan Cuban Bowls

Vegan Cuban Bowls

These dinner bowls are fun to prepare and easy to customize to your tastes and preferences.

Start with a base of nutritious brown rice, then add protein-rich black beans.

Coconut oil is used to fry the sweet potatoes and plantains, giving them a nice island flavor.

The homemade pico de gallo is served on top and is easy to make. You need just five ingredients: tomato, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and salt!

These vegan Cuban bowls are a great dish for families as everyone can choose how to create their own.

17. Vegan Cuban Picadillo

Vegan Cuban Picadillo

Traditional Cuban picadillo is made with ground meat, usually beef, but this vegetarian version uses brown lentils instead.

Cooking the lentils ahead of time or using canned lentils will speed up the process.

Potatoes and bell peppers round out this dish that is high in both protein and fiber.

Oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper are used to add taste to the vegan picadillo.

The salty olives and briny, lemony capers add more flavor to this meal, while the raisins give it a slightly sweet taste.

18. Vegan Sancocho

Vegan Sancocho

Traditional sancocho is made with various types of meat, however, this vegan option uses split peas and root vegetables instead.

This flavorful dish uses garlic, oregano, and fresh cilantro for taste.

Dried porcini mushrooms add a meaty texture and nutty, earthy taste to the sancocho.

Chock full of cassava, yam, plantain, and other vegetables, this hearty dish is a fantastic choice to serve for dinner.

Enjoy this vegan sancocho along with cooked rice if desired.

19. Vegan “Pollo” Guisado

Vegan “Pollo” Guisado

A vegetarian take on a traditional Dominican chicken stew, this vegan guisado is a definite winner.

Instead of using poultry in this dish, the recipe calls for tempeh, a vegan protein made from fermented soybeans.

This dish uses sazon and adobo for its seasoning, along with garlic and oregano.

Celery and bell peppers add freshness and more nutrients to the stew. Brown sugar and lime juice add a hint of sweetness.

A great gluten-free option, this guisado is sure to please even the biggest carnivores.

20. Haitian Griot

Haitian Griot

The traditional way of making a griot uses pork shoulder but this recipe uses jackfruit.

Jackfruit is the largest tree fruit in the world and is common in tropical regions. It has a sweet, mild flavor and is often used as a substitute for pork.

This dish marinades for an hour so the fruit can absorb all of the flavors from the Haitian seasoning.

A combination of cornstarch and flour is used to coat the fruit, which gives it a crispy outside once it is deep-fried.

Great as a snack, this dish can also be served with rice and beans for a complete meal.

21. Green Fig (Banana) Salad

Green Fig (Banana) Salad

In many parts of the Caribbean, the green fig is a type of banana similar to a plantain.

Similar to a potato salad, this recipe uses green figs to provide a starchy base.

The green figs must be boiled before mixing with chopped peppers, celery, and onion.

A simple dressing of mayonnaise and mustard is used to coat the salad.

Perfect as a side dish at lunch or dinner, this salad is best served chilled.

22. Vegan Surinamese Split Pea Soup

Vegan Surinamese Split Pea Soup

This hearty soup is made with green split peas that provide protein and fiber.

Slices of vegan sausage are added to the soup to make it more like the traditional version.

The dish is flavored with allspice and the Madame Jeanette chili pepper which is native to Suriname.

Combined with rice, this soup is then topped off with crispy, fried onions that add a nice crunch and a touch of sweetness.

23. Vegan Surinamese Pom

Vegan Surinamese Pom

This traditional Surinamese dish is named for its main ingredient: pomtayer, also known as malanga, a root vegetable.

Unlike the original version which uses chicken, this vegetarian option substitutes tofu.

Pom is commonly served on birthdays and other special occasions in Suriname.

A range of flavors can be tasted in this oven-baked dish. Ingredients like orange juice, hot pepper, allspice, and garlic all add to the delicious taste.

This dish can be served on a bun as a sandwich or on a plate alongside rice.

24. Bermuda Cassava Pie

Bermuda Cassava Pie

Traditionally served at holiday gatherings, this cassava pie is served as a side dish.

Usually filled with meat, this vegetarian version omits it.

This recipe makes a lot! It uses five pounds of cassava and a dozen eggs.

Nutmeg and ginger add spice to this pie, while the sweetness comes from vanilla.

Though simple to prepare, this pie does take at least three hours to bake, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time!

25. Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins grow widely in many parts of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, and are often used in cooking.

This delicious vegan soup is gluten-free and super nutritious! It takes only 30 minutes to cook so you can have it ready for lunch quickly.

Spices in this soup include ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that provide a nice, warm flavor.

The addition of coconut milk makes it creamy and smooth. Orange and lime juice add some tanginess and a fresh taste.

26. Caribbean Cornmeal Cou-Cou

Caribbean Cornmeal Cou-Cou

Similar to grits or polenta, cou-cou is a popular side dish in Antigua and Barbuda. The main component of the dish is finely ground cornmeal that is gluten-free.

Another key ingredient is okra, the seed pod of this plant which has a mellow, grassy taste.

This simple dish uses just onion, garlic, and thyme for its flavoring. Cou-cou is best served with a hearty stew.

27. Caribbean Potato Salad

Caribbean Potato Salad

This is the best side dish to go along with grilled veggies or BBQ tempeh.

A quick and easy salad, you just need to boil potatoes and eggs. Both cooked or frozen peas and carrots can be used to give that island taste.

The dressing starts with mayonnaise and sour cream which makes this really creamy. Onions add a bit of crunch to the dressing while relish provides a nice sweetness.

A little bit of smoked paprika and mustard finishes off this tasty salad!

Easy Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes, Final Thoughts

Whether you are looking for a side dish, salad, or main course, you’re sure to find a suitable choice from our list of options.

From soups and stews to salads and pasta, you have lots of easy Caribbean and African vegetarian recipes to make.

Enjoy healthy and delicious vegetarian Caribbean food today!

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