How to make your own jerk seasoning
From slightly warm to atomic, authentic Caribbean jerk seasoning gets its kick from a typical blend of the following ingredients such as salt, peppers and chiles, thyme, cinnamon, garlic, and nutmeg. Learn how to make your own.
Uses for Jerk Seasonings
Jerk seasoning is primarily used on chicken and pork but is also commonly used in recipes where it is used with ingredients including tofu, seafood, beef, sausage, lamb, goat, and vegetables.
One of my favorite meals is Jamaican jerk dry rub chicken wings, served with grilled pineapple slices and red beans and rice.
There are a countless number of jerk seasonings on the market. All are amazingly good. It all comes down the personal preference.
I love spicy food and have tried everything from jerk paste, jerk seasoning marinade, and dry Carribean jerk seasoning.
What is the best seasoning to buy? If you’re looking for something quick and easy, I have tried McCormick jerk seasoning and jerk seasoning Walmart offers and they are actually pretty good.
Jerk Seasoning Recipe
Making your own seasoning is very easy to do. It requires a handful of ingredients and you can personalize them to get the right flavor you prefer. Most of the ingredients you may already have in your spice cabinet, but double-check the dates on your dried ingredients. Use fresh ingredients for the best results.
Here is my recipe. Yield is 1 cup.
You’ll need to have the following ingredients:
- 2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 4 teaspoons dried thyme
- 4 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons salt
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Store remainder in an airtight container.
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