Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Once you grill the meat of your choice with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, it’s bound to be your new favorite spice rack staple! Thirteen different spices, dried herbs, sugar and powders are mixed together to create one seriously mouthwatering seasoning. Wake up your tastebuds with this homemade jerk seasoning today!
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Jamaican jerk seasoning is something that’s delicious all year long, but I specifically crave it during the summertime. There’s something about Jamaican food in general that really makes me want to go to the beach and sip on a glass of rum punch! With this recipe, everything it touches turns into a real Caribbean inspired treat. Just close your eyes, take a bite, and pretend you’re lounging on a beach in Jamaica!
I recently made some Rasta Pasta with Jerk Chicken with this homemade seasoning, and honestly, wow. I was nearly left speechless at how flavorful the chicken really was! I’ve used store-bought brands of jerk seasoning before and enjoyed them, but this was an entirely different culinary experience. The medley of all thirteen ingredients practically made my mouth water! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sneak a few extra bites of that crazy good chicken.
The sky is really the limit to how else you can use Jamaican jerk seasoning. So far, my rasta pasta with jerk chicken has been my favorite dish to use it in, but I’m anxious to try more stuff! It can be sprinkled over pretty much any meat you’re grilling, like pork, chicken, even seafood like shrimp! However, I also like to get a little creative with my jerk seasoning by mixing it into things like scrambled eggs and tuna salad. I even sprinkled it over french fries not too long ago, and the flavor was AMAZING!
How to Make It
Just like any good seasoning recipe, it’s incredibly easy to make!
Whisk. Simply whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
Use immediately or store. In an airtight container, this homemade jerk seasoning will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Just be sure to keep it in a cold, dark place out of direct sunlight.
What are the most noticeable flavors in this seasoning?
What I love about jerk seasoning is that it’s a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a little bit herbaceous! What’s the most interesting is that since everyone’s taste buds are a bit different, everyone picks up on more or less prominent flavors when enjoying this seasoning. When I take a bite of this seasoning when it’s been roasted on chicken, I enjoy the flavors of the sweet brown sugar and spicy crushed red pepper the most. However, I also really love the earthy warm tones that come from the dried herbs!
Can I change this recipe at all?
Really, I think all thirteen of the ingredients in this seasoning have been perfectly measured to give you a great balance of potent flavors. However, you can absolutely personalize it to your tastes! If you want it to be a little more spicy, add another pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Have a sweet tooth? Add more brown sugar! You can even give it a smokier flavor by adding an additional teaspoon of smoked paprika.
What are ways to enjoy Jamaican jerk seasoning?
I listed quite a few ways to enjoy this seasoning earlier (scrambled eggs, grilled chicken, etc), but you can get even more creative with it! If you’re a vegetarian, try using this seasoning on tofu and vegetables. Heck, even if you’re not a vegetarian, you should try it!
Another fun way to use this seasoning is to gift it! I love gifting little jars of homemade seasoning to friends and family. It’s a cute and delicious way to show some love, and you know the person receiving the gift will actually like it!
Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own mouthwatering seasonings at home!
Get the Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in a dry place for up to 3 months.