Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste

A spicy paste used to create flavorful jerk dishes

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning: A quick and easy recipe for making Jamaican jerk seasoning in the form of a paste #HomeMadeZagat

Jerk is the quintessential Jamaican dish. Once you hear "jerk" anything you know it's coming from or inspired by this very popular Jamaican spice. Jerked (I laughed when I typed that) meat is amazing when eaten off an outside grill with the meat slowly turning while the spices are smoked out. Nothing beats eating some jerk chicken hot (no pun intended) off the grill with some bami or coco bread.

And now you can create your own jerk at home with this quick recipe.

I don't think anything can beat jerk meat created on the grill honestly. Not even this paste that I created. The flame of a grill really gives it that extra authentic kick. But since I love having jerk off and on a lot, and like adding a dash of it to some of my other dishes I needed to fulfill that need to get it done indoors.

I am sure you see a lot of recipes for jerk seasoning that is in the form of a loose powder. It's more like a rub than a paste. But I much prefer using a paste. With the paste, I can massage the seasoning into the meat and leave it to marinate overnight.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning: A quick and easy recipe for making Jamaican jerk seasoning in the form of a paste #HomeMadeZaga

I initially started buying the store brand seasonings but they were either too salty or too hot for me even if I chose the mild ones. I was more concerned about the heat of the seasoning so I am quite happy to be able to control it by making my own.

This recipe is a good base for your seasoning. It is very easy to adjust the flavors that you prefer more and eliminate those things that you do not like. To get this less spicy I do not use the seeds or the membrane of all the peppers. I use the seeds of one of the peppers because I do think it does need a kick. If you are de-seeding these peppers, make sure you wear gloves and don't even think about forgetting and rubbing your eyes. You will end up wanting to dig your eyes out. So I've heard.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning: A quick and easy recipe for making Jamaican jerk seasoning in the form of a paste #HomeMadeZagat

Once you're able to clean up the peppers, then you just need to throw everything in your blender or food processor and grind away.

The downside of making this is the pungent smell in your kitchen. I've had a few coughs mixing this up.

And let me give you a little chef hint. You will need to clean your blender/processor immediately. Dishwashing liquid and a little vinegar help to eliminate the scent and don't turn the container down to dry, the more air that gets to pass through the better to get rid of the smell and any residue pepper. You do not want to make a smoothie the next day and get some spice in it. It does not taste good or so I've heard.

Now all you need to do is take a tablespoon or so or more if you choose and get your jerk on. Even better if you are about to hop onto your grill. Be sure to pair it with some hard dough bread or festival, and possibly a red stripe beer.


Are you a jerk seasoning fan? If you say yes, you better be on Team Paste!!!



Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste

by Home Made Zagat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: blender condiment Hot pepper Caribbean
Ingredients (Approx 1 cup)
  • 4 - 5 scotch bonnet peppers - dividend and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp pimento seeds
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 8 scallions/green onions
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp blk pepper
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil (optional)
Instructions
Add all ingredients to blender
Blend till combined.
If needed add 2 tbsp oil to mixture to get better consistency
Store in airtight container in the fridge
This Make this to the consistency that you prefer.
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