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Caribbean Green Seasoning

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Green Seasoning is a delicious herb blend that is used for marinating meats, fish, or stirred into stews and is used widely among the Caribbean islands. 

green seasoning in glass jar with herbs surrounding it

The Caribbean is known for its delicious and bright flavorful combinations. The use of fresh herbs, bold peppers, and lots of spice tends to stand out. When I think of authentic green seasoning, I think of Trinidad and Tobago, where this seasoning originated from. Many Caribbean recipes will have a dollop or two of green seasonings added to the dish to enhance the flavors.  

The formula for green seasoning is to have herbs, a pepper or two, and some lime, vinegar, or water to blend the seasoning with. Once made, it’s either stored in the refrigerator or frozen for later and added to many delicious recipes throughout the week. 

Traditionally, this seasoning is used a marinade for meats, fish, and vegetables. I like to use it as a marinade as well as a finishing herb. I like to add it to rice, poultry, and other meats before serving.

green seasoning in glass jar with herbs surrounding it

How to make Green Seasoning

First, gather all your ingredients and wash all your herbs. I like to also roughly chop my peppers, celery, and onions before adding them to a food processor.

fresh herbs washed and prepped

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.

green seasoning ingredients in a food processor

If you like your green seasoning a little chunky, just pulse to your desired consistency. For a wetter more pureed seasoning, process until well blended. I like to keep mine a little chunky so I can also use it as a herb salsa.

Use the seasoning as a marinade for your favorite fish, meat, or vegetables.

green seasonong in white plate with herbs surrounding it

How to use green seasoning as a marinade?

This seasoning is usually used as a marinade. I suggest using about 2 Tablespoons for every pound of meat. Add the seasoning to meat, fish, or vegetables and rub it all over. Cover and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

I also like to add about 1 Tablespoon of oil to the seasoning when using as a marinade.

How to store green seasoning?

Green seasoning should be refrigerated. It will last in the fridge for about a week. It can also be frozen and will last in the fridge for up to 3 months.

To freeze, place green seasoning into small ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once solid, place in a freezer-friendly bag.

Notes

  • This will last in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze small portions of it. It will last in your freezer for up to 3 months. 
  • Use about 1 Tablespoon green seasoning for 1 lb of meat. 
  • I suggest adding a little oil to meat or fish when using it as a marinade.
  • For a wetter more pureed seasoning, process until well blended. I like to keep mine a little chunky so I can also use it as a herb salsa.

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green seasoning in glass jar with herbs surrounding it
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Caribbean Green Seasoning

Green Seasoning is a delicious herb blend that is used for marinating meats, fish, or stirred into stews and is used widely among the Caribbean islands. 
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword green seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves and stems, about 3oz
  • ½ bunch italian parsley about 2 oz
  • 8 whole pimento seeds crushed
  • 1 scotch bonett pepper seeds and stem removed
  • 1 celery stalk leaves included, and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch thyme leaves removed from stems
  • ½ red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup lime juice from about 5 limes
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and chopped
  • 8 whole peeled garlic cloves
  • 6 green onions stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Add ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped or pureed.
  • Use as a marinade for your favorite meats, vegetables, and fish. You may also use it as a fresh topping.

Notes

  • This seasoning will last in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze small portions of it. It will last in your freezer for up to 3 months. 
  • Use about 1 Tablespoon green seasoning for 1 lb of meat. 
  • I suggest adding a little oil to meat or fish when using it as a marinade.
  • For a wetter more pureed seasoning, process until well blended. I like to keep mine a little chunky so I can also use it as a herb salsa.
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