Allspice berries, scotch bonnet peppers, brown sugar… Jerk seasoning has long been a staple in the pantries of Jamaican families and culture. The versatile blend of spices is perfect for all meat and seafood, grilled veggies, and can be added to any dish to give it a little kick and bold new flavor. The beauty of jerk seasoning is in its versatility and shelf life. A batch of jerk seasoning or paste can last years, and with a few delicious recipes, you could create your own in no time! Below are a few recipes for jerk seasonings and paste that are sure to impress even the most vocal of dinner table critics.
1. Caribbean Pot’s Classic Jerk
A home chef by the name of Chris developed this recipe for his blog Caribbeanpot.com. Chris is of Trinidadian descent but currently lives in Canada where he teaches his internet and real-life audience the art of cooking from his culture. His focus is on making authentic Caribbean cuisine accessible to a western audience, so throughout his recipes, he offers tweaks and recommendations that make it easier for chefs with less access to traditional tools and ingredients to adapt the methods to their kitchen. This quick and easy recipe will last months refrigerated and can be used for long overnight marinades for a stronger flavor.
2. Taste The Islands TV’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken
For those of you who do not have easy access to scotch bonnet peppers, this recipe is for you! Tastetheislandstv.com has created a recipe that can utilize both scotch bonnet peppers or habaneros. The flavor will be different, but a bit milder for those who are not fond of the strength that traditional scotch bonnets add to jerk recipes.
3. Jamaica No Problem’s Authentic Jerk Seasoning Recipe
Jamaica No Problem is a food blog created by Chris Aguilar, a Jamaican native who seeks to share his culture and upbringing with the masses through his blog. His ode to Jamaican culture comes in the form of this tried and true jerk seasoning recipe, which can be used to make both wet and dry versions. The focus of this recipe is on authenticity, and the creator makes note that his development on the recipe was based on the ingredients that were used when jerk food was first created. No Ketchup or mustard can be found in this recipe here. For those of you looking for the real deal, look no further!