Jamaica: Menu of Typical Dishes

A list of typical Jamaican dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Jamaican-style meal, party or festival.

Typical Jamaican Dishes

Appetizers

Soups and Stews

  • Oxtail Soup
  • Pepperpot (Spicy stew)
  • Red Pea Soup (Red bean soup with coconut milk)

Salads

  • Coleslaw

Poultry

Meats

  • Beef and Okra (Beef and okra stew)
  • Beef Patties (Spiced ground beef in pastry crust)
  • Goat Curry
  • Roast Pork

Fish and Seafood

  • Ackee and Saltfish (National dish)
  • Blaff (Lime-poached fish)
  • Coconut Shrimp (Crispy deep-fried shrimp)
  • Escovitch (Pickled fried mackerel)
  • Fish Pie (Baked fish and eggs)
  • Pepper Shrimp (Spicy simmered shrimp)
  • Rundown (Mackerel or salmon simmered in coconut milk)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Bananas (Steamed bananas)
  • Greens (Kale, collard, mustard, turnip, beet, chard)
  • Rice and Peas (Rice with beans and coconut milk)

Breads and Grains

Sauces and Condiments

  • Jerk Marinade
  • Pawpaw Chutney (Papaya relish)

Desserts

  • Banana Cake
  • Black Cake (Rum-soaked fruitcake)
  • Plantain Fritters (Deep-fried plantain balls)
  • Totoes (Coconut cake)

Beverages

  • Carrot Juice
  • Ginger Beer (Ginger beverage)
  • Limeade (Lime beverage)
  • Planter's Punch (Dark rum with fruit juice)
  • Sorrel Punch (Hibiscus flower beverage)