Jamaica may be well-known for its beautiful beaches, delicious coffee and legendary reggae music. What many people don’t know, however, is that Jamaica has an exquisite cuisine worth indulging in. If you happen to visit Jamaica, it is crucial you try some of its authentic dishes to see how great the cuisine here really is. Get ready to learn more about the Jamaican edition of the Most Delicious Caribbean Food that you must try when visiting the island!
Ackee and Saltfish
Considered by many as Jamaica’s national dish, Ackee and Saltfish is an absolute must-try. With ingredients originally from abroad – ackee originated in Ghana and saltfish in Newfoundland – many Jamaicans still to this day question how ackee came to be paired up with saltfish. Ackee is a fruit that is firm and oily when raw, and soft when cooked. It is only edible cooked, otherwise it is poisonous and can cause a coma or even death. Saltfish is usually cod that has been salt-cured and dried until all moisture has been extracted. It was a common protein in the slave trade era, which is around the time this particular fish was brought to Jamaica. Saltfish and ackee are normally sauteed together with peppers, tomato, and other spices. Some people also accompany it with fried plantain, white rice or boiled green bananas. Absolutely delicious!
A Jamaican classic, Jerked Chicken can be found everywhere: from roadside joints to top-level restaurants. In this dish, chicken is prepared in a very unique way – the Jamaican way – which pretty much consists of dry-rubbing or marinating the meat with Jamaican jerk spice. This spice is famous for its high level of heat, so you better have a high tolerance for hot and spicy food to enjoy it. In fact, one of the hottest chili peppers in the planet is used a lot in Jamaican cuisine, and you’ll definitely feel it in this particular one. The chicken is normally served with bread or Caribbean Dumplings.
Even though this spice originally came from South East Asia, curry has taken a special place in Jamaican cuisine. Goat meat is indulged in curry in this famous dish full of flavor. It is usually slow-cooked together with garlic, ginger, onions, thyme, hot pepper and of course curry until it creates a thick and creamy consistency. Normally, goat curry is served with Caribbean beans and rice.
This one is a great dish for any time of day. Jamaican Patties are usually filled with ground beef and hot peppers – it should be pretty clear by now that Jamaicans love spicy food! The patties are usually made from a special pastry that is easier to stuff with the meat. However, many people stuff it with vegetables and even fish. Be it with some tea in the evening, some cocktail by the beach, or some orange juice in the morning, Jamaican patties are perfect for every occasion.
Now that you know about Jamaican cuisine, it’s time to book your trip to this island. Check out Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa and Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa Runaway Bay, Curio Collection by Hilton for top quality accommodations and enjoy your trip!