Jamaican Cuisine

With recipes as lively and fun as a steel drum band, Jamaican cuisine features dry-rubbed, or "jerk," meats, as well as rich curries and sweet fruit salsas. Jamacian recipes make great party foods on any occasion.

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Jamaican Jerk Rub

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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

Jamaican Country Ribs

Family Circle

Jamaican Country Ribs

Family Circle

Jerk seasoning, pineapple, and black beans give juicy bone-in pork ribs island flavor. While this dinner simmers in the slow cooker, take some time to lounge in your hammock (or on your couch).

Jamaican Jerk Pork Loin

Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh mint and pepper jelly provide the right balance of "cool" and "hot" in this salsa. It's the perfect accent to the jerk-seasoned pork.

Jamaican Rice & Peas

Fine Cooking Magazine

This is really a rice and beans dish, but in Jamaica, beans are called peas. Mark Henry, the banquet chef at the Pooks Hill Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland, serves this aromatic dish to accompany his Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

Pork Chops with Black Bean Salsa

Heart-Healthy Living

Make a simple bean salsa while the seasoned pork cooks. You'll have a complete meal in minutes.

Jamaican Beef Patties

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Caribbean-Style Jerk Rub

Midwest Living

Before grilling, apply this sweet-and-spicy seasoning on pork ribs, dark meat portions of chicken and turkey, or boneless duck breast. Grill over indirect heat.

Spicy Jerk Pork with Fried Rice

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 30 mins

Jerk-Seasoned Pork Roast & Polenta

Family Circle

Jamaica meets Italy in this pork entree. The jerk-marinated pork roast is served with sweet-pepper polenta.

Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Curried Peaches


The pork tenderloins are marinated in a Caribbean-flavored paste, then grilled to sear with smoky flavor.

Total: 45 mins

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Diabetic Living

Simmer jerk-rubbed pork shoulder in your slow cooker for the most tender and flavorful taco filling you'll ever taste.

Jamaican Pork and Sweet Potato Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

This Jamaica-inspired stir-fry recipe features two of the easygoing island's favorite ingredients: pork and sweet potatoes.

Total: 20 mins

Jamaican Tempeh Patties

Vegetarian Times

These savory turnovers can also be filled with other savory foods, and the dough is surprisingly easy to make.

Jerk Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Jerk rubbed grilled chicken, plantains, sweet pepper strips, and avocado are arranged on torn mixed greens then drizzled with a honey-lime dressing for this Southern-style, high-fiber salad recipe.

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