Jamaican dishes are quite popular among the Caribbean delicacies. The cuisines of Jamaica are the amalgam of many culinary streams that impacted the island country.
One thing that marks out Jamaican food is the spicy Scotch bonnet peppers prominent in most dishes. The Caribbean country’s food has also been made popular by cruise travelers who visit the country as in Carnival cruise.
As mentioned, Jamaican cuisines will show up flavors and spices by Irish, English, French, African, Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern people. Jamaican cuisine uses a wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits, and meats. Now let us take a look at some of the popular foods of Jamaica.
This is a most sought after Jamaican dish is known worldwide for its authentic Jamaican jerk flavor. Liberally spiced with spices such as the scotch bonnet pepper, pimento, onions, and scallion, thyme along with other ingredients it is served in the authentic jerk pan style or original coal-roasted style on top of the pimento wood.
Jerk pork is also cooked in the same manner with similar seasonings and is a costly dish.
Red Peas Soup
Unlike normal soups, this is the main meal, not a starter soup. The thick flavored soup has an ample number of meat pieces, chewy dumplings, and starchy vegetables. Although it looks like a stew it is very filling and delicious.
The dish is composed of peas, taro, yellow yam, dumplings and scallion, thyme, and pepper. Using coconut milk is optional. Get salted pigtails from grocery stores and soak them to the salt before making the soup. Pimento seeds will generate the beautiful flavor, but better remove them before serving as they are not meant to be eaten.
This is the third most popular dish. In its making, spices are added directly to the meat and rubbed with hands to add the flavor. Make sure the oil is smoked and the meat is stirred so often so that the seasoning penetrates the meat thoroughly and in good color.
Cornmeal Porridge Bowl
Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl is popular like the oatmeal. One popular item is cornmeal added with Caribbean spices and coconut milk for a completely warm and comforting breakfast. Dress up with fruits it will be super yummy and a best fill too.
Ackee and Saltfish
This is Jamaica’s hugely popular dish. Ackee is a fruit cooked well to make it tender and the codfish is boiled with the Ackee to add flavor to reduce the saltiness. After boiling, the codfish is cut into small pieces and cooked with onions, garlic, scallion, and pepper. Stir thoroughly and serve with roast breadfruit, dumplings, and boiled bananas.
Brown stewed chicken
This is made uniquely by frying the chicken until dark brown and stewed with seasoning and water until the gravy is dense and consistent. For a Sunday dinner, when served with rice and peas, this is really great.
Chicken foot soup
In this, chicken feet are cooked along with other ingredients such as pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, Cho-Cho, yellow yam, and soup powder mix and it comes out in good flavor.