Add some flavor to your plate with these delicious traditional Jamaican recipes. From breakfast to mains, drinks and sides, these recipes are always super popular! Learn how to cook with Jamaican ingredients and methods for dishes full of flavor and soul. These island recipes are sure to brighten your day!
These Jamaican recipes are ones that I grew up with, that my Mother would make me, and my go to’s when I want some comfort food. Jamaican food is full of bright and vibrant flavors that I just can’t get enough of.
A lot of these recipes use traditional cooking techniques, but I’ve also included some air fryer and Instant Pot recipes as well. Find quick and simple recipes that are easy to make after a busy day at work, and rich and tasty slow-cooked stews that are perfect for the weekend.
Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean!
My Forking Life Jamaican Recipes
Discover new and vibrant flavors with my favorite and most popular Jamaican recipes. Try something new, you'll find lots of inspiration here!
Cooking the most delicious plantains has never been easier than in the air fryer! Quick and easy to cook and prep, they make for one tasty appetizer or serve up as a side with your favorite Caribbean dishes.
Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge is smooth, creamy, and comforting. A popular breakfast dish in Jamaica, this porridge is the perfect recipe to start the day. This porridge is the breakfast of champions! It’s so comforting and it’ll keep you full and ready to tackle your day.
This Jamaican Festival recipe is a homemade version of the popular Jamaican snack. Made with a few simple ingredients, this delicious fried sweet dough is the perfect side dish for your favorite Jamaican recipes.
This authentic and traditional Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe is the perfect combination of rich flavors in one plate. This is the Caribbean dish to make when you want a taste of the islands. Curry chicken was a weeknight meal for us growing up and my mom makes some of the best curry chicken ever!
This Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans recipe is generally called “rice and peas” on the island. It’s made with red kidney beans, coconut milk, and added spices. Make it in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker for perfect results.
This Jamaican Spice Bun is usually served with cheese and served during the Easter holiday. I eat it year round, don’t judge me. It’s a delicious bread recipe that is a part of the Jamaican Culture and can easily be made at home.
This Jamaican sorrel drink is a traditional Caribbean beverage made with the sepals of the Roselle plant, a species of the hibiscus flower. This drink is served over ice and it’s traditionally served during the Christmas Holiday. It’s refreshing, easy to make, and full of flavor.
Love love your recipes. Thank you. Do you have one for steamed fish - Jamaican style obviously.
Wednesday 3rd of August 2022
Hi Peter, thank you. I have an escovitch fish recipe. You could steam it rather than fry it. https://www.myforkinglife.com/jamaican-escovitch-fish/
Wednesday 27th of July 2022
Thank you for all the wonderful Jamaican recipes. I attended Hampton School in St. Elizabeth and miss the food. I am still learning to make many dishes I grew up with. Do you have the recipe for coconut fudge, the pink and white one? There are no fresh coconuts in the grocery stores in Michigan but we have a very nice Caribbean market. Thank you!
Friday 29th of July 2022
Hi Fanica, thanks so much! I don't have a recipe for coconut fudge, but I'll be sure to ask my mom if she does.
Sunday 15th of May 2022
The Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken is out of this world! It rivals anything I have had in a Jamaican specialty restaurant or while vacationing in Negril.
Monday 16th of May 2022
Thank you so much Helen!
Tuesday 18th of January 2022
I cook dishes from around the world and am always looking for new flavours or twists in various ethnic groups. I cooked your curry chicken and with your rice and beans. WOW! So good. Betapac is my go to as well!
Wednesday 19th of January 2022
Thank you Kurt! So glad you like the recipes.
Saturday 6th of November 2021
Just made your brown stew chicken recipe
I'm taking it to church tomorrow
Will let you know how they enjoy it
Saturday 20th of November 2021
@Ren, This is a question that needs an answer! I am feeling nostalgic/homesick so I am making this for my Thanksgiving dinner. With cabbage and rice & peas.