Jamaican Jerk Spice Recipe - Capture the
Authentic Taste of Jamaica and the Caribbean 

This spicy, piping hot Jamaican jerk spice recipe was traditionally used to tenderise tough goat meat. But if goat is not on the menu, it will season and flavour your other cuts of meat: chicken, pork and steak for example. And as it's so versatile it can also be used as an all-purpose seasoning for many of your home cooked meals. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)

6-8 dried scotch bonnet peppers (or other very hot pepper)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cloves
1-2 tsp sea salt
6-8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Chop the dried peppers and crumble the bay
  • Grind the the bay and pepper pieces along with the salt, sugar, cumin, allspice, peppercorns and cloves
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, turmeric and ginger
  • Crumble in the thyme and basil. Combine thoroughly

Store your jerk spice in a cool place in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount

Note: To get more flavours for your jerk seasoning I recommend dry toasting the scotch bonnet pieces, cumin, peppercorns, cloves and allspice berries for a few minutes prior to grinding and combining with the other ingredients. Click here for further info on this. (Link opens in new window)

Note: This seasoning uses a few whole spices which I then grind and combine. If, however, you only have pre-ground ingredients available, use these and reduce the amounts the recipe requires by half. For example, for 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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