When traveling to different countries you can’t truly say you’ve experienced that place without trying the local foods. Jamaica is one of those countries where the food will send your taste buds on a wild journey. When visiting Jamaica there are some must-have cuisines that you can’t leave the island without trying. There are so many different foods to try that it may become a little overwhelming at times. These cuisines can be eaten any time of the day and are interchangeable between breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Ackee and Saltfish
Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish
Jamaica’s national dish is Ackee and Saltfish (codfish), and everyone generally prepares the dish the same way. Ackee originally came to Jamaica from Ghana in the early 1700s. The ackee is first boiled and depending on the style of the chef, the salt fish is also boiled or soaked to reduce its saltiness. Both are then combined and cooked with onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and other different herbs and spices. It is usually served with boiled or fried dumplings, cooked yam and green bananas, or breadfruit.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Jamaican Curry Chicken
Jamaican Curry Goat
Curry spices originated from the southern parts of India. In Jamaica, curry is usually used to season chicken or goat meat but it is also used on other meat types. The chicken or goat is seasoned with a variety of spices including curry and after the spices have marinated, the next step is burning the curry. What this entails is heating the oil with the curry powder until the color starts to change, at that point the meat is added to the pot to cook. Burning the curry is not a must, however, some locals do it to for persons with a sensitive stomach. The meat is then slowly cooked until tendered. It is popularly served with rice but you can eat with a side of your choice
Jamaican Callaloo and SaltFish
Jamaican Escovitch Fish
Jamaican Oxtail Meal with Rice and Peas
Jamaican Stewed Peas with White Rice
Beef patty and Coco bread
Jamaica Beef Patty and Coco Bread
Rice and Peas
Jamaican Rice and Peas
Red Peas Soup
Jamaican Red Reas Soup
Jamaican Mannish Water
Wow! That’s a lot of food. We know you like at least one of the Jamaican meals mentioned, or you may like one not mentioned here. In any case, we would love to hear about it in the comments below.