32 Easy Jamaican Curry Recipes

Easy Jamaican Curry Recipes

The Caribbean is known for its good vibes, beautiful beaches, and delightful food. Jamaica is one of the cultural and culinary centers of the Caribbean, and Jamaican cuisine is known the world over. Many people overlook Jamaican curry. You are likely familiar with their hot peppers and Jerk chicken.

Jamaican Curry is a Caribbean twist on traditional curry and features local ingredients and flavors. This list of easy Jamaican curry recipes has many variations of Jamaican curry, and you will want to try them all.

1. Traditional Jamaican Curry Chicken

Traditional Jamaican Curry Chicken

This traditional Jamaican curry chicken recipe is bursting with flavor. It is well seasoned with all the ingredients that make Jamaican curry delicious. The flavors concentrate as the sauce cooks down and turns into liquid gold.

This recipe takes some planning ahead because the chicken should be marinated to achieve the best results. You can use any cut of chicken for this dish, but chicken thighs will give you the most flavor.

Unlike some of the other recipes on this list, this one omits the use of coconut milk. You can eat this on its own or with rice.

2. Jamaican Curry Chicken

Jamaican Curry Chicken

This Jamaican curry chicken will have you dreaming of Jamaican beaches and palm trees. It has all the standard curry ingredients (coconut milk, curry powder, etc.), but the heat also has some sweetness that adds a depth that other curries do not. The sauce is delightful. It is thick and rich and goes perfectly with rice or potatoes.

This recipe has substituted for Jamaican curry powder and scotch bonnet peppers, which may be hard to find in some locations. This recipe is not the most authentic but is still delicious!

3. Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes

The New York Times has some of the best recipes available, so you know that this one isn’t messing around. The NYT stays true to authentic Jamaican curry and uses traditional Jamaican ingredients and scotch bonnet peppers.

Additionally, they add potatoes to this recipe which soak up the flavor from the delicious sauce. You can eat this fantastic curry on its own or over rice. You can’t go wrong. 

This recipe does not call for marinating the chicken to be put together quickly on a weeknight.

4. Spicy Jamaican Curry Chicken

Spicy Jamaican Curry Chicken

No list of easy Caribbean curry recipes would be complete without a spicy Jamaican curry chicken recipe. This delightful Jamaican curry recipe emphasizes the heat. Additionally, this recipe goes heavy on turmeric, which gives the dish a lovely color and depth.

This Caribbean curry goes heavy on the Scotch bonnet peppers, so beware. This recipe is not for the faint of heart. This is a perfect recipe for impressing your friends who love spicy food. 

5. Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken

Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken

This list of easy Jamaican curry recipes has to include an authentic recipe. This recipe is the perfect combination of rich flavors and spice. This authentic dish is sure to impress with its rich color and tasty chicken.

Additionally, it includes a variety of vegetables, including onions, green onions, green peppers, garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, and potatoes. This Jamaican curry recipe is a meal by itself or served with rice.

6. Jamaican Curry Chicken and Carrots

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Carrots

If you are looking for an easy Jamaican curry recipe with some extra vegetables, look no further. This is the recipe you were looking for. This Caribbean curry recipe can be simple, bold, and flavorful. It fits under the category of comfort food.

The turmeric in this recipe gives the curry a deep yellow color accented nicely by the bright orange carrots. The carrots also add a bit of sweetness to this recipe. Plus, the addition of carrots makes this an all-in-one meal.

7. Spicy Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes

Spicy Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes

Some of the best easy Jamaican curry recipes are the spicy ones. There is no way around it. Jamaican curry is meant to be spicy. This recipe is different from Indian curries because of the addition of allspice. It is also soupier than its Indian counterpart.

The coconut milk in this recipe helps balance out the spiciness of the Scotch Bonnet peppers. This recipe goes well with Jamaican beans and rice or sliced plantains.

8. Scotch Bonnet Jamaican Curry Chicken

Scotch Bonnet Jamaican Curry Chicken

The following recipe continues the trend of heat on this list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. The Scotch Bonnet pepper is what gives Jamaican food its signature heat. Jamaican curry is no different.

This recipe uses a whole chicken, so there are cuts that everyone will enjoy. The addition of ginger adds depth of flavor and a unique kick. Finally, the Scotch Bonnet peppers in this Caribbean curry recipe make it hot. The heat may be a kick in the pants, but it is worth it.

9. Fruity Jamaican Curry Chicken

Fruity Jamaican Curry Chicken

This next Caribbean curry recipe adds an interesting twist. Easy Jamaican curry recipes don’t usually call for the addition of fruit. The emphasis is generally on turmeric, heat, and chicken. This recipe adds a touch of pineapple to this already incredible dish.

The pineapple adds a level of sweetness to the dish, and its color matches up perfectly with the rich yellow color of this Caribbean curry. Plus, the combination of sweet, savory, and spicy is not to be missed. You will not be disappointed by this easy Jamaican curry recipe.

10. Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Jamaican Chicken Curry

Instant Pot - Pressure Cooker Jamaican Chicken Curry

If you love Jamaican curry but are short on time, this is the perfect recipe. Most of the recipes on this list of easy Jamaican curry recipes call for hours of marination and at least an hour of cooking time. This can be a real pain if you want this delightful dish on a busy weeknight.

Not to worry, this instant pot/pressure cooker recipe can cut down the cooking time to less than 20 minutes without sacrificing any flavor! This recipe includes all the classic ingredients that would be found in a traditional Jamaican chicken curry, such as Scotch Bonnet peppers, allspice, and curry powder.

11. Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes with Scotch Bonnet Hot Peppers

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Potatoes with Scotch Bonnet Hot Peppers

This is another excellent recipe for lovers of Jamaican curry who are short on time. This entire Jamaican curry recipe comes together in less than an hour. Like many of the recipes on this list, it features the spicy Scotch bonnet hot pepper and coconut milk.

It thins out the delicious curry sauce with some chicken stock and adds richness with a half stick of butter. You don’t want to miss this recipe, especially if you are short on time.

12. Mel B’s Caribbean Coconut Chicken Curry

Mel B’s Caribbean Coconut Chicken Curry

Get ready to spice up your life with this easy Jamaican curry recipe. This full-flavored curry is the perfect combination of spices and has the ideal balance of sweetness and heat. Plus, it’s a relatively easy recipe to cook, but your friends will still be impressed.

The secret of this recipe is the skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs. The skin and bones of the chicken thighs add a depth of flavor that is missing from recipes that use boneless chicken. It also uses a bit of brown sugar and sweet potato to balance out the heat of the Scotch Bonnet hot pepper.

13. Gluten-Free and Paleo Jamaican Chicken Curry

Gluten-Free and Paleo Jamaican Chicken Curry

This is an essential recipe on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. More and more people are identifying their specific dietary needs, and it would be a shame for a gluten-free friend not to be able to enjoy this delicious Caribbean curry. 

This recipe slightly adjusts the traditional Jamaican curry recipes to make it gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Luckily, it doesn’t sacrifice any flavor or heat to accomplish this. Your gluten-free friends will thank you.

14. Jamaican Curry Chicken and Vegetables

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Vegetables

This Caribbean curry recipe covers all the food groups by adding several hearty vegetables. Although it is called a curry, this Jamaican Curry recipe differs from its Indian brethren because it doesn’t have tomatoes. This gives it a unique taste and a thicker sauce.

This recipe has the added benefits of lots of vegetables. The cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, and peas soak up the delicious golden sauce and help balance the chicken. You can also use other vegetables depending on what you have on hand.

15. Vegan Jamaican Curry

Vegan Jamaican Curry

Traditional Jamaican curry recipes are not vegan. However, that doesn’t mean that your vegan friends can enjoy the flavors and spices of delicious Jamaican curry. This easy Jamaican curry recipe removes the chicken and makes it vegan. Don’t worry. It doesn’t compromise on flavor or heat.

Removing the chicken makes this recipe super quick. It can be ready in as little as 15 minutes! The delicious golden curry sauce goes great with broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, and chickpeas. You might almost miss the fact that there isn’t chicken.

16. Classic Jamaican Curry

Classic Jamaican Curry

This classic Jamaican curry can’t be missed on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. It blends traditional Caribbean flavors with the rich taste of curry. It is sure to impress, and you will fall in love with this delicious Caribbean curry that comes together in about half an hour.

You can use store-bought curry powder or make your own. Both will result in great Jamaican curry, but the homemade curry powder will add an extra level of flavor to your curry. If you are not in a rush, you can make this recipe in a slow cooker.

17. Jamaican Goat Curry

Jamaican Goat Curry

No list of easy Jamaican curry recipes would be complete without a Jamaican goat curry recipe. Goat is a common meat used in curry since it has a deep flavor that isn’t overpowered by the strength of the curry spices.

This recipe takes longer because goat meat is usually tougher than alternatives. Depending on the cut of goat used, you should simmer the curry for at least two hours or more. Alternatively, you can use lamb or beef if goat is not available.

18. Jamaican Coconut Curry Chicken

Jamaican Coconut Curry Chicken

Caribbean and coconut go hand and hand. This is also true of Jamaican curry. This easy Jamaican curry recipe adds a delightful coconut creaminess to the delicious and savory curry. Coconut milk is a great tenderizing agent, so this is great for tougher chickens or other cuts of meat (beef, goat, lamb) that are tasty but on the tough side.

This recipe adds some tomato ketchup, and grape tomatoes to make this Jamaican curry more similar to its Indian brothers. The tomatoes also add some sweetness to this savory curry recipe.

19. Jamaican Beef Curry with Rice and Peas

Jamaican Beef Curry with Rice and Peas

Although chicken is the most popular protein for Jamaican curry, beef also goes well. This recipe is a must-try on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. The beef adds a heartier flavor to the curry. This Caribbean curry is the definition of comfort food.

Unlike the chicken variations, this Jamaican beef curry requires much more time on the stove to tenderize the meat. This recipe is best prepared in the morning, so the flavors and smells will spread throughout your house, and everyone will be drooling by dinner time.

20. Jamaican Curry Shrimp

Jamaican Curry Shrimp

No list of easy Jamaican curry recipes would be complete without some seafood. Jamaica is an island, after all, and Shrimp curry is just as popular as land-based protein. Like the other recipes on this list, this Caribbean curry recipe is rich in flavor and spicy due to the Scotch Bonnet peppers.

The shrimp adds a delicate flavor to the curry, and since shrimp cooks so quickly, this recipe can come together in as little as 30 minutes, including prep! Since shrimp is lighter than chicken or beef, this Jamaican curry recipe also makes for a great appetizer.

21. Jamaican Chicken Curry with Rice

Jamaican Chicken Curry with Rice

Jamaican chicken curry and rice go hand and hand. It is a match made in heavy, and you won’t be disappointed with this flavorful curry, juicy chicken breast, tender potatoes, and steamed white rice soaked in delicious curry sauce.

The addition of white wine vinegar tenderizes the meat and provides a nice balance to the deep flavor of this dish. Additionally, a dash of Worcestershire sauce goes a long way in adding depth to this already unique dish.

22. Jamaican Curry Pork

Jamaican Curry Pork

If you have been scrolling through this list of easy Jamaican curry recipes, I know you have been waiting for a pork dish. The thought of flavorful curry sauce and fall apart pork sounds almost too good to be true. The wait is over, and this Jamaican curry recipe does not disappoint.

This Caribbean curry recipe is a variation of goat curry, and the pork will melt in your mouth. To achieve this, the curry has to be cooked for several hours, so this recipe cannot be made in a rush.

23. Vegan Jamaican Curry with Tofu and Potatoes

Vegan Jamaican Curry with Tofu and Potatoes

Vegans rejoice! You, too, can enjoy the savory delights of Jamaican curry. No list of easy Jamaican curry recipes would be complete without several vegan options. This Caribbean curry recipe uses traditional spices and peppers but substitutes tofu for animal-based protein.

This recipe is healthy, filling, and delicious. The tofu and potatoes soak up all the savory goodness of the curry sauce.

24. Jamaican Fish Curry

Jamaican Fish Curry

If you have been wondering if Jamaican curry would go well with fish, I have your answer. It does! This Jamaican fish curry makes our list of easy Caribbean curry recipes because it is delicious, healthy, and comes together quickly.

Like other recipes on this list, it uses Jamaican curry powder and peppers to give the curry sauce a delightful flavor. The fish practically melts in the curry sauce. Each bite is fantastic, and you won’t want to miss this recipe.

25. Traditional Jamaican Coconut Fish Curry with Peppers

Traditional Jamaican Coconut Fish Curry with Peppers

Continuing on the trend of fish curry on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes, this dish should not be missed. The combination of curry powder, lemon, and coconut milk creates a rich and flavorful curry sauce that is delicious on its own.

The barramundi fish is light and flaky and soaks up the delicious sauce. This is an excellent recipe if you want to enjoy warm curry but want something lighter.

26. Jamaican Chicken Curry with Onions and Potatoes

Jamaican Chicken Curry with Onions and Potatoes

This Jamaican curry recipe is a must-try if you are not in a rush. The chicken is marinated for a full 24 hours using the curry spices and Epis, a traditional Haitian seasoning. Don’t worry. If you don’t know what Epis is, the recipe includes instructions.

The wait is well worth it. The overnight marination gives the chicken in this dish a deep and rich flavor that quick, one-hour recipes can’t match. The result is flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth chicken.

27. Jamaican Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

Jamaican Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

This quick and easy Jamaican curry recipe is a must-try. The combination of Jamaican curry spices and sweet potatoes is outstanding. The sweet potatoes offer a bit of sweetness to balance out the intense savory flavors of the herbs and the heat of the Scotch Bonett pepper.

Plus, this recipe comes together in as little as 45 minutes. What is there not to love?

28. Jamaican Bean Curry – Vegan

Jamaican Bean Curry - Vegan

This is another recipe for our vegan friends. Everyone should be able to enjoy the delights of easy Jamaican curry recipes. This recipe is quick, easy, and filling. It uses the traditional flavors found in a Jamaican chicken curry recipe but substitutes pinto beans for the chicken.

As this curry dish comes together, the beans begin to break down, which creates a thick and hearty dish. This is vegan comfort food at its finest.

29. Jamaican Style Chickpea Curry

Jamaican Style Chickpea Curry

If you are looking for a vegetarian alternative to traditional Jamaican curry, look no further. This delicious and flavorful Jamaican chickpea curry is full of bold spices and the heat of Scotch Bonnet peppers. Add in the creaminess of coconut milk, and you have a winner.

Chickpeas are a great meat substitute, and this dish is tasty and filling. Plus, this recipe comes together in about 30 minutes, so you can go from cooking to full in a hurry.

30. Jamaican Curry Chili

Jamaican Curry Chili

This Jamaican-style curry chili is another vegetarian option on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. This recipe is a traditional chili spiced up with traditional curry spices. It is a combination you don’t want to miss.

The turnips, sweet potatoes, and collard greens are a tasty combination of vegetables that soak up the delightful curry flavors in this dish.

31. Jamaican Curry Crab Stew

Jamaican Curry Crab Stew

This is another seafood recipe on our list of easy Jamaican curry recipes. This Caribbean curry recipe is truly comfort food. The fantastic curry flavors and creamy coconut milk meld perfectly with the sweetness of the lump crab. This is a tremendous seafood variation of traditional Jamaican curry.

32. Jamaican Curry Chicken with Rum and Mango

Jamaican Curry Chicken with Rum and Mango

We are rounding out our list of easy Jamiacna curry recipes and a traditional recipe spiced up with rum and mango. The conventional Jamaican curry spices provide a rich flavor, and the peppers give some kick, but the sweetness of the mango pulls it all together. Each bite is a symphony of flavors.

Easy Jamaican Curry Recipes, Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoy these easy Jamaican curry recipes. Each one has something unique, and I encourage you to try them all. Happy cooking!

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