Jamaican Jerk Spice - Recreate the
Taste of the Caribbean at Home

Visit the Caribbean islands and you'll find many variations of the famous Jamaican jerk spice. Traditionally used to tenderise tough goat meat, it's the perfect all-purpose blend for all types of meat. The easy-to-make recipe below also makes an excellent general seasoning for many other dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: This Jamaican seasoning uses a few whole spices. If you only have pre-ground powders available, reduce the quantities by half. For example, the recipe says 3 tablespoons coriander seeds so you use 1½ tablespoons pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Spice

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp ginger powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
4 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder (or more!)
2 tsp garlic powder
1½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg
10 whole cloves
3 inch piece cinnamon stick

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Directions:

  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon with the salt, sugar, coriander seeds, allspice, peppercorns and cloves
  • Add to a bowl 
  • Stir in the pre-ground powders and nutmeg
  • Crumble in the thyme. Stir again

Store your Jamaican jerk mix in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: For extra flavour you could lightly toast the coriander, allspice, cloves and peppercorns prior to cooling and grinding. See here for detailed info on this. (Link opens in new window)

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