Save some money and make your own Caribbean seasoning. It's a classic blend of herbs that is so quick and easy to make. It tastes great not only in Caribbean dishes but it will a punch of flavor to any type of food.
What is Caribbean Jerk Seasoning?
Caribbean jerk seasoning or Jamaican jerk seasoning blend is a rich blend of spices and herbs that originated in the Caribbean.
Jerk seasoning is typically used as a dry rub or in stews and sauces for delicious Island flavors in Caribbean food. I like to make a spicy marinade for grilled meat such as grilled Jamaican jerk chicken. or pork chops.
The mixture of Caribbean spice seasoning ingredients can vary but the fundamental ingredients are allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic, cinnamon, thyme, and hot pepper. I played around with different combinations and found the blend below to be the best tasting.
Authentic jerk seasoning is made with fresh habanero peppers or scotch bonnet peppers, garlic cloves, green onions, and assorted dried spices and doesn't have a long shelf life. This recipe uses dried spices only and lasts much longer.
Why you will 🤍 this recipe
- Caribbean seasoning is easy to make with spices you probably have in your kitchen.
- Jerk seasoning adds delicious flavor to so many different foods.
- Since it's homemade you can adjust the flavor and heat level.
Here is what you will need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.
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- ground allspice
- onion powder
- cayenne pepper
- crushed red pepper
- dried thyme
- black pepper or white pepper
- sea salt
- coconut sugar
- ground cinnamon
- Small mason jar
- Shallow bowl or rimmed plate for mixing
How to make Caribbean seasoning
This is such an easy recipe to make. Simply measure all of the ingredients and mix them together with a spoon.
Hot Pepper - Jerk seasoning is a spicy season blend. We like hot food, so I use red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper to spice it up. If you prefer less heat, add less cayenne pepper or leave it out.
What to season with Caribbean seasoning
There are so many uses for this delicious spice blend. We use it as a dry rub on grilled meat and seafood, in chicken burgers. i It's also a great addition to scrambled eggs, vegetables or salads - the possibilities are endless!
How to store homemade Caribbean spice seasoning
Store jerk spice blend at room temperature in your spice cabinet for up to 6 months.
There is no hard fast rule as to how long spices last. If you notice that the color or flavor is fading, it may be time to use it.
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- Make this spice blend fast, by adding all of the spices to a small mason and shake it up. Store the spice blend in the jar.
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Traditional jerk seasoning is very spicy! It's made with scotch bonnet peppers which are extremely hot. This homemade spicy blend is also hot from cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. If you prefer less spicy, gradually add the hot pepper and adjust to taste.
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- 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- ½ teaspoon coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- Mix all of the spices together with a spoon or shake them up in a jar
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
Terri Gilson says
I loved that I had all the ingredients in my house! This is perfect with chicken burgers -yum!