36 Jamaican Food Favorites You Will Love

When one thinks of Jamaica, the first thing that comes to mind is white sandy beaches, azure waters, pulsating reggae music, and lush green mountains.

However, this tiny island has a diverse food scene influenced by the Africans, Indians, Amerindians, Chinese, and European immigrants who all call this beautiful island their home.

The Jamaican food scene is constantly evolving; however, our comprehensive guide covers some tried and true favorites that are sure to please even the most discerning palate

Jamaican Main Dishes

Jerk Chicken

Jamaica is synonymous with jerk chicken. But you can also jerk pork, beef, lobster, or even rabbit meat.

Jamaican Beef Stew

This hearty Jamaican beef stew is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Adding items such as carrots, broad beans, or spinners (mini dumplings) to your beef stew recipes is quite normal in Jamaica.

Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and saltfish is the Jamaican national dish; Jamaicans usually have this dish for breakfast.  Ackee is a fruit resembling scrambled eggs with a deliciously mild taste.

Curried Goat

The Indian immigrants who migrated to Jamaica in the 1800s influenced the creation of this dish. Jamaican curried goat tends to be hot and spicy; people usually serve this dish with white rice.

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