An all-purpose Jamaican seasoning is a versatile spice blend that you can use to add a delicious Caribbean flair to various dishes, including chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, beef, vegetables, and even tofu. Here’s a well-rounded and versatile recipe for an all-purpose Jamaican seasoning.
Jamaican All Purpose Seasoning Ingredients
- Ground allspice
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried thyme
- Paprika smoked
- Cayenne pepper (adjust to desired spiciness)
- Ground black pepper
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
How to use this Jerk Seasoning?
- For Chicken, Pork, Fish, Shrimp, Beef, or Tofu:
Rub the seasoning mix generously on the protein of your choice, making sure it’s well coated. For the best results, let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (or longer, if possible) before cooking. Grill, bake, pan-fry, or roast the protein until it’s fully cooked and has absorbed the delicious Jamaican jerk flavors.
- For vegetables:
Toss your favorite vegetables with a little olive oil and then sprinkle the Jamaican jerk seasoning over them. Roast the seasoned vegetables in the oven until they are tender and infused with the savory spice blend.
A few recipe ideas:
- Grilled Jerk Chicken Skewers with Mango Salsa:
Marinate chicken chunks in the Jamaican All Purpose Seasoning mix and a touch of olive oil. Grill the chicken skewers until cooked, then serve them with a vibrant mango salsa – a mix of diced mango, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of the spice mix.
- Spicy Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Herb Dressing:
Coat canned chickpeas with the spice mix and roast until crispy. Create a lemon-herb dressing by blending olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, fresh parsley, and a pinch of the spice mix. Toss the chickpeas and dressing with mixed greens for a hearty salad.
- Jerk-Spiced Roast Potatoes with Tamarind Chutney:
Toss potato wedges in the spice mix and roast until crispy. Serve them with a tangy tamarind chutney – a mixture of tamarind paste, brown sugar, ginger, and a dash of the Jerk Seasoning.