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Jamaican Curry Goat

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This Jamaican Curry Goat recipe is a flavorful, succulent dish made with Jamaican curry, goat pieces, and other spices. It’s a traditional Jamaican dish that you and your family will love. 

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I’ve shared many Jamaican recipes here on the site and it’s about time I share how I make one of my favorite Jamaican dishes, curry goat. Curry goat was one of the must-have items on my wedding menu (that and manish wata a.k.a goat head soup). 

When made right, curry goat should be flavorful, the goat should be fork tender, and it should make you feel warm all over. I use the electric pressure cooker to make my curry goat but the stovetop works fine too. 

Although goat meat isn’t too popular where I live, it should be as it’s a great alternative to beef, chicken, and pork. I’m thrilled to share my method of making this Caribbean staple. 

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How to make curry goat

Gather all your ingredients.

  • Rinse your goat pieces with water and vinegar and then pat them dry. 
  • Season goat meat with 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder, all-purpose seasoning, ground ginger, all spice, onion, garlic cloves, and thyme. Marinate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. 

Remove onion and garlic from goat and set aside.

  • Set an electric pressure cooker, like an Instant Pot, on high sauté. Add oil. Add goat meat and brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. I usually only brown 1/2 of the goat meat. This allows me to build flavor but not spend too much time browning meat.
  • Remove goat from insert and add 1 Tbsp oil and remaining curry powder and sauté for about 10 seconds. Then add onions and garlic and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. If the onions look dry, add a little water and continue to sauté.

Add goat and water to the pressure cooker and cover the pressure cooker. Cook for 40 minutes on high pressure. Please note that the water will not cover the goat before you pressure cook it.

Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure. 

Once all the pressure has been released, open the pressure cooker. Place on sauté for 10-15 minutes, add potatoes and a whole scotch bonnet pepper. Cook until potatoes have softened. Remove scotch bonnet pepper.

Serve and enjoy.

How to make Curry Goat on the Stove Top

Making curry goat on the stovetop is similar to making it in the pressure cooker. Follow the above directions except cook the goat in a large covered pot over low heat for 1.5-2 hours, until the goat is tender. Add the chopped potatoes and pepper during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions about Jamaican Curry Goat

Where can I buy goat?

You can typically find goat in your local International market or Caribbean market. It’s usually already chopped into pieces for you.

What is the best curry to use?

For Jamaican curry goat, you need to use Jamaican curry. I like to use a combination of Blue Mountain Curry and Betapac. Your goat will taste like whatever brand of curry you use.

How do I thicken my curry goat?

Once you add the chopped potatoes and allow the goat to simmer on the stovetop for 10-15 minutes, your curry will thicken a little.

What should I serve this with?

Many people like to serve this dish with rice and peas, but I prefer the goat and the gravy over a nice heap of white rice. Sauteéd Jamaican cabbage and fried dumplings also go along well with this dish.

I sure hope you love this recipe as much as we do.

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Jamaican Curry Goat

This Jamaican Curry Goat recipe is a flavorful, succulent dish made with Jamaican curry, goat pieces, and other spices. It’s a traditional Jamaican dish that you and your family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword Jamaican curry goat, Jamaican curry recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinate 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 395kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs goat meat chopped into 2 inch chunks, rinsed and dried
  • 2.5 Tbsp Jamaican curry powder separated
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ all-purpose seasoning
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 large russet potato chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse goat meat with vinegar and water.
  • Season goat meat with 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder, all-purpose seasoning, ground ginger, allspice, onion, garlic cloves, and thyme. Marinate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • Remove onion and garlic from goat and set aside.
  • Set an electric pressure cooker, like an Instant Pot, on high sauté and add oil. Add goat meat and brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove goat from insert and add 1 Tbsp oil and remaining curry powder and sauté for about 10 seconds. Then add onions and garlic and sauté until softened. About 4 minutes. If the onions look dry, add a little water and continue to sauté.
  • Add goat and water to the pressure cooker and cover the pressure cooker. Cook for 40 minutes on high pressure. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
  • Once all the pressure has been released, open the pressure cooker. Place on sauté for 10-15 minutes, add potatoes and a whole scotch bonnet pepper. Cook until potatoes have softened. Remove scotch bonnet pepper.

Stovetop

  • Making curry goat on the stovetop is similar to making it in the pressure cooker. Follow the above directions except cook the goat in a large covered pot over low heat for 1.5-2 hours, until the goat is tender. Add the chopped potatoes during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

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Notes

  • The kind of curry you use is important to this dish. I used 2 Tbsp Blue Mountain Country Curry and ½ Tbsp Betapac. Your goat will taste like whichever curry you choose to use.
  • Scotch bonnet pepper is optional in this recipe and added whole to infuse flavor during the code. Do not add it before pressure cooking and make sure the pepper is whole with no bruises or rips. Scotch bonnet peppers are spicy. Placing it in whole allows us to get some flavor without the spice.
  • If you can’t find scotch bonnet pepper, a habanero pepper is a great substitute.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 5mg
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