Jamaican Jerk Chicken Seasoning Recipe - Capture
the Flavours and Aromas of the Caribbean

Visit the Caribbean Islands, and Jamaica in particular, and you're sure to enjoy the fab, unique taste of jerk chicken. And with this easy-to-make Jamaican jerk chicken seasoning, you'll be able to recreate those sublime flavours and mouthwatering aromas at home in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: This chicken seasoning uses a few whole ingredients which will give the best flavours. If you don't have them all to hand just use pre-ground powders and cut down the amounts you use by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of whole allspice you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground allspice berries. Do the same for any others you don't have whole and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Seasoning

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

3 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp hot chili powder
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 tbsp dried thyme

2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp dried tarragon
4 tsp black peppercorns
4 tsp ginger powder
4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp annatto seeds (optional)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp coriander seeds

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, coriander, allspice, peppercorns and annatto seeds if using
  • Add to a bowl 
  • Stir in the cinnamon, paprika, ginger, garlic and chili powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried thyme, tarragon and oregano. Combine thoroughly

Store your Jamaican jerk spice in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.

Note: If you have the time, and to get even more flavours from the ingredients, dry toasting the peppercorns, coriander and allspice before grinding is recommended.

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Jamaican jerk seasoning

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