Caribbean Cuisine

Bring the sun-drenched spice of island life into your home with fresh, seafood-based recipes from the Caribbean Islands. From curries and rice to jerk chicken, every meal will feel like a party with these Caribbean favorites.

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Caribbean Crunch

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Want a delicious nibble? No problem, Mon! Dip into this sweet and salty snack with popcorn, cinnamony cereal, peanuts and a sprinkle of coconut for good measure.

Total: 20 mins

Caribbean Shrimp

Pace Salsa & Picante

Another winning recipe from the Pace® Contest--add crusty bread and salad for a luscious dinner for friends or family.

Total: 40 mins

Toasted-Coconut Custard Tart

Food & Wine

Jean-Georges Vongerichten loves this tart from his friend Maya Gurley of Maya's Restaurant in St. Bart's. The soft custard filling and the caramelized shredded coconut topping have the creamy-crunchy texture of a coconut macaroon.

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

Spicy Jerk Pork Chops

Fine Cooking Magazine

This recipe is based on the fiery Jamaican seasoning known as jerk, made of Scotch bonnet chiles, ground spices, garlic, and herbs. Serve with a cabbage slaw and buttered white rice.

Pork Chops Cubano with Garlic-Citrus Sauce

Betty Crocker

A crunchy and tasty coating of garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, cilantro and cereal creates memorable baked chops with a garlic and citrus sauce.

Total: 45 mins


Fine Cooking Magazine

Tostones, or pan-fried green plantains, are practically the Cuban national dish. Soaking the tostones in salt water before the final fry makes them crunchier outside and moister inside, but you can skip this step.

Caribbean Turkey Stew

Betty Crocker

Sweet potatoes add fresh flavor to a chunky soup brimming with turkey and vegetables.

Total: 1 hr


Family Circle

Fried plantains are a popular side dish in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. To reduce calories, oven-fry them and serve with a dipping sauce made with reduced-fat sour cream.

Jamaican Jerk Rub

Better Homes and Gardens

Ground pepper and spices give this rub a Caribbean kick. Use it on chicken before grilling.

Caribbean-Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Fine Cooking Magazine

For more surface and crust, butterfly the tenderloin. If you do, mix a double batch of rub so you're sure to have enough. If you don't have a mortar and are using ground spices, crush everything in a small mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

Island-Spiced, Pineapple-Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts

Fine Cooking Magazine

Here's a twist on traditional American barbecued chicken. The seasoning is a rub similar to Jamaica's jerk, and the "sauce" is a rum and pineapple glaze.

Cuban Croque Senor

Ladies' Home Journal

The olive, raisin, and shallot relish makes an amazing grilled sandwich out of ordinary ham and cheese. Spread any leftover relish on crostini for an appetizer.

Total: 1 hr 45 mins

Slow Cooker Chicken Asopao with Smoked Ham and Manchego Cheese

Swanson Broth & Stock

This traditional Puerto Rican chicken soup, with just the right amount of spice, slow-cooks all day so you'll come home to a warm and flavorful dish the whole family will enjoy.

Total: 7 hrs 20 mins

Jamaican Pork Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Until recently, plantains and yucca were produce items found only in Latino markets and American border towns. With the exploding interest in foods of Central and South America, these wonderful starches are in many supermarkets. Pork and vegetables star in this dinner, which is made in a pressure cooker or the stovetop.

Cafe Cubano

Food & Wine

No Cuban meal is complete without a cafe cubano (Cuban coffee). A well-made cafe cubano has a thick layer of sweet crema (cream) floating over strong espresso. To get the crema right, whisk about 1 tablespoon of the espresso with sugar until it turns foamy, then pour the pot of espresso over it. Lourdes Castro says you can't overbeat a crema, so stir it energetically.

Total: 20 mins

Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup

Betty Crocker

Homemade ham and bean soup with a taste of Jamaica can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes.

Total: 30 mins

Kick-Off Caribbean Baked Beans


Baked beans with the taste of The Islands and a kick!

Total: 1 hr 10 mins
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