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Exotic Jamaican Food That You Should Try

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If you have never been to Jamaica; you might wanna go now. The food there is simply amazing. You will be licking your fingers after every bite. The exotic Jamaican food will have you visiting for more and the food stops are not difficult to find.

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean; south of Cuba and west of Hispaniola. It is also home to famous people such as Usain Bolt, Bob Marley and Reggae Music. The food and culture are truly amazing. I have compiled some exotic dishes straight from out of Jamaica.

Top 10 Exotic Jamaican Food

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1. Ackee and saltfish – Ackee is the National Fruit of Jamaica. It is cooked with saltfish and served with fried or boiled dumplings and green banana. It is a popular breakfast food in Jamaica. Ackee can be poisonous if not prepared properly – the fruit must open naturally before it is fit for picking and eating. Only the yellow part of the fruit is edible; it must also be cooked before eaten.

Jamaican Patty, Juici Patties

2. Jamaican Patty – a variety of patties are made available; filled with meat and a crispy crust. This treat is delicious whether you choose a beef patty, mixture with cheese, chicken, shrimp, veggie or lobster; the seasonings are distinctly Jamaican. Patty can be eaten alone or with a Coco Bread. Perhaps you want to stop by one of these fast food chains Juici Patties and/or Tastee to get a taste of this staple product.

3. Roast Yellow Yam – this can be seen while driving along the roadside in Jamaica. It is often sold by vendors in stalls around Manchester or the North Coast area. Roast Yellow Yam are served with Roast Saltfish (codfish).

4. Jerk Chicken/Jerk Pork – when visiting you don’t want to pass up on a good Jerk; whether it is Jerk chicken or pork. The wonderful blend of herbs, spice, pimento and other flavored seasonings which makes this meal an exotic delicacy for Jamaican. This can be served with bread, Jamaican Festival or simply eat alone with a touch of Jerk sauce.

5. Oxtail – the oxtail is another staple food for Jamaicans. The meat is often tenderized to a soft juicy taste. If the meat ain’t falling off the bone then it’s not succulent enough. Try some oxtail!


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6. Curry Goat – this a famous food in Jamaica; it is full of flavor and tender to the bone. It is served well with Rice and Peas or Roti. Curry Goat is used for most events in Jamaica.

7. Escovitch Fish – “escovitch” a term used to describe the method of marinating. The fish is left to marinate in a spicy sauce, after it is prep, seasoned, lightly fried and drained. This marinating sauce is made of onions, choco, carrots, scotch bonnet pepper and pimento seed left to soaked in vinegar. The escovitch fish can be served with bami. This is usually found at stalls along the beachside.

Pepper Shrimp

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8. Peppered Shrimp – whether you are walking around the town or driving around Jamaica you will find street vendors selling this spicy peppered shrimp; sold in a snack-sized clear plastic bag. This makes a great appetizer or high protein snack; it is prepared with the head and shell to preserve the rich flavor.

9. Run down – this is a one-pot dish of salt mackerel and provisions cooked in coconut milk. Simply delicious!

10. Ital stew – Vegans, Vegetarians and of course Rastafarians this dish is especially for you. A delicious combination of peas, vegetables, provisions cooked in coconut milk, herbs and spices for flavor.

Some other delicious delicacies are:

Gizzada, Grater Cake and Coconut Drops. These are all made from coconut, sugar and other spices and essence.

Beverages to try are:

Sorrel, Coconut Water, Red Stripe Beer, Ting and Blue Mountain Coffee.

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Your trip to Jamaica is not complete until you try at least one or more of these meals. To miss these meals on your trip would be a waste of visit to Jamaica. These exotic Jamaican Food are made with love, herbs and spices. The island is filled with flavors from tropical fruits, vegetables, stews and one-of-a-kind coffee beans. Make sure to try them out on your next trip and if you are currently there share your best Jamaican meal in the comment. Also, check out Destination2 while planning your next vacation.

Have you ever been to Jamaica? Which exotic Jamaican food have you tried?

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  • Stacie

    Yummy! I’ve never been to Jamaica but I really love the culture. I’ve had Jerk chicken and a few other things but would love to try a Jamaican patty.

    April 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Kita

    I love Jamaican oxtail. That is my favorite dish from the islands. I love a good beef patty too.

    April 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Mimi Green

    Growing up in the Bronx I learned so much about the Jamaican culture. I love beef patties, cocoa bread, jerk chicken, curry goat and cola champagne soda.

    April 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm Reply
  • Ola

    I LOVE Jamaican food and have tried all of these except number 9. Will get keep an eye out for it

    April 18, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Tiffany H

    I need to go back to Jamaica, I was only there for a couple hours on a cruise but the food I ate on the excursion was not very tasty. I love Jamaican food, my favorite is Beef Patties, Jerk Chicken, cabbage and rice & peas.

    April 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Joyce Brewer

    I’ve tasted oxtails (made by my Geechee Father) and Jamaican patties. Both are delicious. The rest of it is a bit of a stretch for me.

    April 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

    Oh you have brought back so many delicious memories of my time in Jamaica:) I LOVE jerk chicken, it is so good. Tried to recreate here in England but it just doesn’t taste as good! Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

    April 19, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Carissa

    I have never been to Jamaica, but I have had the Authentic Food and its DELICIOUS!!!! I love the Jamaican Patty and Oxtails!

    April 19, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Nay

    food is always on the top of my list when traveling. Jamaican food is so tasty.

    April 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Tamara

    As a Jamaican I can say you’ve hit the mark. Some of these I eat on a daily basis. My favourite I think you should try is Stewed peas and red peas soup.
    Very nice review.

    May 7, 2018 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Tami

    Totally sold! Yep I now want to go to Jamaica and eat EVERYTHING!

    July 8, 2018 at 1:29 am Reply
  • Rebekah

    The Ital stew sounds really good and I’ve never heard of it before! Thanks for the tip, I’ll have to try it! P

    September 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Chanel

    These sound SO good! My boyfriend’s grandma & dad have made a few of these and others which I have really enjoyed, great flavours 🙂 x

    November 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm Reply
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