If you have been to Jamaica, you know that one of the best food features of the island is Jerk. In Jamaica we jerk everything; chicken, fish, pork, even veggies! So what’s the secret behind the aroma and the finger-licking flavor? It’s the flavor combinations in the traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning! So today we’ll teach you how to make your own Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and dial up the spice in your next meal…

Jamaican Jerk with Island Routes


  • 1 Tablespoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper (or finely diced Scotch Bonnet)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Allspice
  • 2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ Teaspoon of Cumin Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme

How to…

There is only one thing to do…mix all your ingredients together!

The next time you are looking for that Caribbean flavor, add your jerk seasoning and prepare to be amazed! You can use this seasoning as a marinade or while cooking for a spicy kick. You can store the seasoning in any storage container you have at hand. 

Warning: the heat can get intense, so we recommend cooling things down a bit with some Rum Punch Relief!

Prefer to experience jerk from the source? Well, you’re in luck because Island Routes can take you there. Check out our favorite Jamaican experiences that feature true Jamaican jerk…

Discover the origins of jerk on MINI-Routes Portland
Learn to cook jerk on the Nyam, Splash & Dolphin Encounter
Visit the jerk shack on the MINI-Routes Negril

And, if you’re craving more Caribbean flavors along your #RouteBackToParadise then we highly recommend the Savory Saltfish Fritters

For more information about Island Routes, visit our website

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