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Jamaican jerk seasoning Spice Blend – Caribbean jerk

Jamaican jerk seasoning – This spicy Jamaican rub is a perfect blend of various seasoning and spices. This exotic flavor of this seasoning gives meat or fish their exotic flair. Easy to make with massive authentic flavor.

What is Jamaican spice rub?

Jamaican Jerk seasoning is a blend of spicy, earthy, and sweet spice rub. It can be used as a dry rub on meats or as a spice blend in your favorite recipe, braised meats, chicken, fish, and even rice, pasta, or tofu.

Making this dried spice mix is very simple. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples, and they can be easily sourced from your local grocery.

Ingredients For Caribbean jerk

  • Aromatics – Powdered onion and garlic.
  • Sweet & Savory Spices –  nutmeg, allspice, smoked paprika, cinnamon.
  • Heat – Cayenne pepper or red chili flakes or a combination of the two if preferred.
  • Sugar – Just some brown sugar for a well-rounded depth of flavor.
  • Seasoning – bouillon powder, Salt, and pepper.
  • Herbs – Dried parsley and thyme.
Spices used to make the jamaican jerk seasoning in small bowls on the table

Solid Jerk dry rub! I use it for grilled chicken, grilled beef, grilled fish, jerk rice, jerk pasta, and so much more.

How to use Jerk Spice

This is a versatile marinade that can be used for Smoking, grilling, baking, frying, cooking etc.

I use this Jamaican spice rub mix as a rub for steaks, chicken, vegetables, pork, fish etc. Or use it simply as an additional spice for soups, rice, or pasta.  

Coat the chicken, meat, or fish with the spice place in a ziplock bag or a bowl with a tight-fitting lid and let them sit for 30 minutes to one hour in the refrigerator. You can also leave them overnight.

What does Jamaican seasoning taste like?

The classic Jamaican jerk seasoning contains allspice, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cumin. The result is always an earthy, sweet, and spicy blend of exotic flavors. 

As with most powdered seasoning blends, Jamaican jerk seasoning’s ingredients can vary depending on the manufacturer’s recipe or a cooks personal preferences. As a result, the flavor profiles do tend to vary slightly.

How spicy is Jamaican Jerk seasoning?

Jamaican jerk seasoning can be in the form of a wet or dry rub. The original recipe for both the dry and wet the Jamaican jerk is spicy. 

The dry rub uses scotch bonnet while the dry rub uses cayenne pepper or red chili flakes. However, if you are making your own Jamaican Jerk spice, you can control the heat level by reducing the quantity of pepper you use.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning jar with some seasoning on the table

What are common uses for Jamaican Jerk seasoning?

Jerk seasoning also works well as a general-purpose dry rub and can be used as dry barbecue rub.

The best way to use a jerk seasoning is as a dry rub for roasted or grilled meats. However, it also works well in stews, braised dishes, seafood and poultry, and pork.

How Long Can I Store Jamaican Jerk Seasoning?

Jerk seasoning can be safely kept in your pantry if stored appropriately for about 1 to 2 years or until one of the ingredients used in the seasoning mix expires. However, it’s very important to keep an eye on the color. If the color begins to fade, then the blend might be going stale.

Note: I used bouillon powder for this spice mix and it makes a great difference in the final result. I will advise you to use it as well. However, if you don’t want it you can skip it. In that case, you might need to add a tiny more salt than the recommended salt quantity to boost the flavor of the spice.

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Jamaican Jerk spice blend in a white bowl beside a measuring spoon

Jamaican jerk seasoning

Jamaican jerk seasoning – This spicy Jamaican rub is a perfect blend of various seasoning and spices. This exotic flavor of this seasoning gives meat or fish their exotic flair. Easy to make with massive authentic flavor.
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Cuisine: Caribbean, jamaican
Keyword: Seasoning, Spice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 271kcal

Ingredients

  • Tablespoon onion powder
  • Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp thyme
  • ½ Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tsp bouillon powder
  • 2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp salt Start with 1 tsp. Add more if needed.

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
  • Store in an airtight container and use as desired.

Notes

I used bouillon powder for this spice mix and it makes a great difference in the final result. I will advise you to use it as well. However, if you don’t want it you can skip it. In that case, you might need to add a tiny more salt than the recommended salt quantity to boost the flavor of the spice.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3401mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 8136IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 5mg

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