Jerk Spice Recipe - Capture the Unique
Taste of the Caribbean Islands

Travel around the varied and many Caribbean Islands and you're sure to enjoy food delicately spiced with a jerk mix. And with this easy-to-make jerk spice recipe you'll be able to recreate those fabulous flavours and mouthwatering aromas at home in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: This recipe uses a few whole ingredients which will give the best flavours. If you don't have whole available just use pre-ground powders and reduce amounts the recipe requires by half. So for 2 tablespoons of allspice berries you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground allspice. Do the same for any others you don't have whole and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Jerk Spice Recipe

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

8-10 scotch bonnet peppers
OR 4 tbsp hot chili powder
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 tbsp dried thyme

2 tbsp dried chives
1 tbsp coriander seeds 
1 tbsp sea salt
4 tsp black peppercorns
4 tsp ginger powder
4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
3 inch piece cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick so it fits in your grinder
  • Chop up the scotch bonnet peppers and remove the stems if necessary
  • Grind the cinnamon and chopped pepper pieces along with the salt, coriander, allspice and peppercorns
  • Sieve into a bowl 
  • Stir in the paprika, ginger and garlic powders. (If you used chili powder, stir this in as well)
  • Finally, crumble in the dried chives and thyme. Combine thoroughly

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

Note: To get even more flavours from the ingredients, dry toasting the chopped pepper pieces, peppercorns, coriander seeds and allspice before grinding and combining with the other ingredients is recommended.

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