List of Jamaican dishes and foods

This is a list of Jamaican dishes and foods. Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the Africans, Indian, Chinese and Spanish who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical West Africa and Southeast Asia, which are now grown locally. Jamaican cuisine includes dishes from the different cultures brought to the island, while other dishes are novel or a fusion of techniques and traditions. A wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available.

Jamaican dishes and foods


Desserts and sweets

Herbs, spices and condiments


Soups play an important role in the Jamaican diet, not only as appetizers, but also as main lunch and dinner dishes because they are filling on their own with tubers/staples (such as yam, sweet potato, white potato, breadfruit, Jamaican boiled dumplings, dasheen and coco), vegetables (such as carrot, okra and cho-cho/chayote) and meat. Many Jamaican families enjoy soup for lunch and dinner. Soup is often had alone, but may be served with hard dough bread or Jamaican water crackers. Soups are almost always served piping hot.

  • Chicken Foot Soup
  • Conch or Janga (crayfish) Soup
  • Cow cod soup
  • Fish Tea
  • Gungo Peas Soup, made with pigeon peas (locally known as gungo peas)
  • Mannish Water (Goat soup)
  • Pepperpot Soup
  • Red Peas Soup, made with kidney beans, pigstail, beef or chicken, tubers such as coco, yam, potato & sweet potato, vegetables and spices


Hot beverages

Most Jamaicans begin the morning with a hot drink, either alone, with Jamaican tough water crackers, bread or along with a breakfast dish.

  • Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
  • Chocolate tea (Hot chocolate), traditionally made from chocolate balls
  • Herbal Tea, can be made using packaged tea bags, but is almost always brewed from fresh local herbs. The commonly consumed ones include ginger, and mint. These are the most popular types of beverages served with breakfast dishes.
  • Horlicks
  • LASCO Food Drinks, instant powdered drinks made by adding hot or cold water, (Lasco Jamaica) with flavours such as vanilla, creamy malt, peanut punch, carrot, almond, etc.
  • Milo

Cold beverages

These accompany meals, usually lunch or dinner. The alcoholic beverages are mainly consumed recreationally, however.

See also


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