An Insight into Caribbean Cuisine

An Insight into Caribbean Cuisine

You may have noticed I have been including stories recently about foods from various holiday destinations. When I plan a getaway one of the first things I do is research the local cuisine.  It occurred to me that I should be sharing these amazing insights with readers.  Perhaps I can tempt your tastebuds and you will plan your own Gourmet Getaway.

An appetising insight into Caribbean cuisine

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

Thanks to its laid-back way of life, perpetual warm climate and truly remarkable shoreline vistas, it is little wonder why so many people visit the Caribbean on holiday. With over 700 islands to choose from, every type of tourist and traveller has a perfect island destination beckoning.

But regardless of whether you are travelling to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Martinique or Montserrat, it’s sampling the spellbinding and succulent flavours of Caribbean cuisine that entices me the most.

So, for a little insight into what you can expect to eat in this heavenly region of the world, here is a quick guide:

Jamaican BBQ

Jamaican BBQ

What to eat – Caribbean Cuisine


Perhaps the most famous dish hailing from the Caribbean, jerk refers to a spicy dry or wet rub, which is applied to chicken, fish or any other meat for that matter. Once the meat has absorbed this flavour, it is smoked or grilled in a steel drum or fire pit and served with rice, vegetables or simply on its own.

Caribbean Cuisine - Jerk Chicken

Caribbean Cuisine – Jerk Chicken

This is very much the signature flavour of Jamaica and available in virtually every restaurant and eatery across the island. Most of the time, it is just as hot as the blazing Caribbean sun. The process is very similiar to the story I shared on Barbeque Smokers, so you can give this example of Caribbean cuisine a try before your trip, although the rubs will be a little different.


This dish can containing every vegetable imaginable, from aubergines and okra to squash and potatoes, or simply beef. Pepperpot is a type of thick and rich stew, which makes the most of whatever grows in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Beef Pepperpot

Caribbean Beef Pepperpot

Cassava root is a common ingredient and adds flavour as well as the dark brown colour.  The dish is often served with Jamaican hard dough bread or cornmeal dumplings. No two recipes seem to be alike, so I’m guessing you should  you something completely different each time you order this dish.


Considering the Caribbean’s location, it is no surprise that one of the region’s biggest staples is fresh seafood.

Jamaican Jerk Fish

Jamaican Jerk Fish

Flying fish used has always provided much-needed sustenance for sailors crossing the Atlantic.  This tender whitefish is absolutely delicious and extremely popular in Barbados and the Windward Islands. Grouper steaks are definitely worth trying, while shellfish make for a great snack at beachside bars.


Similar to lamb but just a little bit leaner, goat is enjoyed all over the Caribbean and takes a variety of different forms.

Curried goat served with potatoes and jams is a quintessential dish in the major countries, but several smaller islands specialise in creating hearty broths and stews. In the Cayman Islands, it is known as mannish water and includes the goat’s head and foot too.

Caribbean Cuisine - Goat Curry

Caribbean Cuisine – Goat Curry

Goat is prepared throughout the Caribbean. on every island. Recipe vary  from island to island but the similarity is slow cooking until tender. The meat is cooked until it literally falls off the bones.

Caribbean Cuisine is varied and the meals are laid back. Perhaps it’s an extension of the Caribbean’s outlook towards life. Looking at these dishes I’m sure I would be “not so nonchalantly” rushing for second servings.

Have I missed any Caribbean foods that should be on the Caribbean Cuisine guide? If so let me know so we can add it to the list.

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  1. I’m eyeing on the jerk and pepperpot ;p. It’s always great to see lists that aid in travel plans. It may not be immediate, but planning a trip is crucial to fully enjoy the holiday 🙂

  2. The Caribbean definitely sounds heavenly with all that amazing food! 🙂

  3. That jerk fish looks absolutely incredible! My mouth is watering just thinking about it 🙂

  4. You always share the most wonderful places. How wonderful.
    Have a beautiful day.
    Mandy xo

  5. With the amount of munching I have done over the years it is amazing that I have NEVER sampled Caribbean cuisine…I have relatives in Curacao so I have always wanted to visit…maybe next year..meanwhile I am going to try Jerk Chicken (don’t you just love the name…)x

  6. My mum lived in St Lucia for a while and I loved visiting her because a) we got to hang out together and b) I got to eat ALL the things. I am a big fan of goat and the caribbean carbs. Don’t get me started on how much I love breadfruit, yam and plaintain. I love it all! Caribbean food is divine! Your photos are fabulous – they really made my mouth water xx

  7. I want to visit the Caribbean so bad… It is gorgeous, tropical, and has one of the best foods… Chicken jerk, I have just devoured — at least in my day dream! 🙂

  8. Jamaican jerked chicken will always be remembered as one of my most flavorful yet spicy dishes.

  9. If I ever visit the Carribbean, jerk chicken would definitely be at the top of my list!

  10. One of the surprises with our move to London is how prevalent Caribbean food is in parts of the city. Jerk chicken is all around! I am enjoying discovering more of the flavours so this post is timely 🙂

  11. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @

  12. that huge disc/pan like thing is the bbq?! it looks amazingly HUGE but delicious!

  13. I love goat! It’s big in Mexican cooking, too. Great post — super introduction to Caribbean food. Thanks!

  14. A bunch of years ago when I was working in the kitchen, I was tasked with preparing (UK Performer) Craig Davids dinner. His absolute favourite meal EVA was Jerk Chicken. My chefs left me to it, I had to google exactly what Jerk was and then prepare the food. I have never forgotten the recipe, and what a tasty and interesting cuisine it is. Will have to pop it back on the dinner list. So yarm! 🙂

  15. I’ve never eat Caribbean cuisine but it looks amazing ! I would like taste de Jerk fish.
    Here is raining since a week!! Look your pictures with sunshine is gorgeous 😉

  16. We have just recently got a pop-up Caribbean restaurant open down the road…they tell me they have a lot of GF options too. Will have to check them out now that I’m educated on what to eat! x

  17. Great post. I don’t know much about Carribean food but would really love to eat more of it!

  18. One of my favorites is Caribbean Black Cake, made with spices, dried fruits and burnt sugar. I like your photo of the Caribbean BBQ- it looks like everyone is on ‘island time’- very laid back with good food all round!

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