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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

What is jerk?

Jerk is a style of cooking where meats, seafood or veggies are dry-rubbed or marinated with jerk spice seasoning. Jerk is believed to have been originally developed by the Maroons, African slaves who escaped to Jamaica in 1655. They bought with them the African meat cooking style and combined it with native Jamaican ingredients.

Fast forward to today, dishes like jerk chicken or pork are hailed to be one of Jamaica’s signature dishes. This winter, Jamaica Blue is brings you mountains of flavour with some Caribbean-inspired dishes where we’ve added some tasty jerk spice.Try one of our classic dishes with a Jamaican twist like the Eggs Benedict Jamaican Style, which we’ve added a jerk spiced hollandaise!

You can use jerk spice to season almost anything. It’ll add a delicious smoked, spicy and slightly sweet flavour to any dish it is used in.

Jamaican jerk spice is super easy to mix up at home. Why don’t you try our at-home recipe and add a little spice to your life!

Make your own: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 
½ cup Mix

INGREDIENTS

1 tblsp         Onion flakes
2 tsp            Ground thyme
1 tsp             Dried parsley
1 tsp             Ground allspice
14 tsp         Ground cinnamon
1 tsp             Ground black pepper
12 tsp         Cayenne pepper
1 tsp             Paprika
12 tsp         Chilli flakes
14 tsp         Ground cumin
1 tblsp          Garlic powder
1 tblsp          Tumeric
2 tsp             Salt
14 tsp          Ground nutmeg
2 tsp             Sugar
2 tsp             Dried chives

INstructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients together
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month