Caribbean Green Seasoning

A mix of blended herbs and spices, great for meats and soups.

Green Seasoning

One of the most important parts of cooking is how you season your food. You can have an amazing dish prepared but having meat that is not properly seasoned can make a big difference to how your meal tastes.

For some people salt and pepper are more than enough but coming from where I come from (The Caribbean) we just think we need more than just those two things.



Let me introduce you to what we call Green Seasoning. Yes, it's green and we use it to season everything: chicken, fish, shrimp, in curry, soups, and stews and to flavor anything possible. Green seasoning is basically blended herbs and other spices.

Green seasoning Ingredients
Washing leafy ingredients in water and vinegar
I love using it. I think it makes things so much easier when it's time to get my meats seasoned. I grab my bottle and spoon two tablespoons in and I'm ready to go. I make green seasoning about once a month and store it in my fridge.

Green Seasoning
Herbs and Spices chopped
Most people generally don't really have a recipe for this. It's usually made "by ear". And not everyone makes it the same either. Talking to my mom and my aunt, I got two different recipes all including "a grab of this", "ah pinch ah dat", "just bout 3 leaves of this" and "just a little piece of that". Their ingredients list was close but they both had things that  they liked to their personal taste.

Green Seasoning
Herbs and spices in mixer
I like my seasoning to be strong so that I don't have to add anything else to it when I use it. I know some people omit salt from their mix so that they can control the salt depending on what meat they are actually going to season.

Green Seasoning

This concoction is pretty easy. All you need are the herbs and a good blender or food processor. And an air tight bottle to store your seasoning. This time I will have to make sooner, because I usually get two bottles of seasoning and I gifted one bottle to my sister.

I use about 2 tablespoons of this in my meat to season before cooking.

How do you usually season your meat??

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Caribbean Green Seasoning

A recipe for blended herbs with other aromatic spices that is used to season meats and other dishes.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: total time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 bundle of shadon beni (if you cannot find this you can use cilantro/coriander)
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • A handful of parsley
  • 4 heads of chive
  • 1/2 lb of onions (Approx 3 medium sized onions)
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1/4 lb of ginger root
  • 1 leaf of fat leaf thyme aka Spanish Thyme (if not use 6 small leaf thyme including stalks)
  • 12 cloves
  • 6 flavor peppers
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 2 cups water

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Chop everything up so that it can fit into your device.
  2. Put half in to blender and add 1 cup of water and blend
  3. Add other half of herbs and add water as needed (1/2 cup more)

6 comments

  1. This sounds awesome! I can't wait to make some and give it a try!

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    1. Hi Mandee,

      I love it and i find it so easy to just scoop and go.

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  2. You made green seasoning look so good =) nice pics and really nice blog. When I lived overseas the one thing that always made me feel like "home" was making green seasoning.

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    1. I can't seem to function without it. Lol. When I'm out of it I feel like my meat is missing something lol

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  3. Is a flavor pepper a green bell pepper? And, what, exactly is a "head of chive"? Yes, you can tell I'm not a native of the islands :-)

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    1. Hehe.. that's fine. No flavor pepper is almost like a hot pepper but it has no heat. They look the same as a scotch bonnet pepper. Chive is scallion/green onions. You can use about 4 stalks

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