Caribbean Green Seasoning

April 6, 2015

A fresh herb marinade to season up your meats and use in stews. This Trinidad green seasoning can be used on any meat prior to cooking and included in dishes while cooking. Bringing the amazing flavor of fresh herbs and aromatic spices to your kitchen.  




The perfect level of seasoning can transform a good meal into a great one. It takes time, but someone who is just starting out on their cooking journey can step up their spice game with lots of practice in the kitchen. While of course, the culinary world wouldn’t be the same without salt and pepper, there are so many other fantastic seasonings to explore. Let’s take a closer look at Trinidad green seasoning, a delicious staple of Caribbean cooking. 



What is Trinidad Green Seasoning?



Trinidad green seasoning is a special seasoning hailing from the Caribbean region. This is one of many seasonings that are commonly incorporated into cooking to improve food flavor and smell. Natural spices, fresh herbs, and oils are combined to create seasoning, which can add a spicy kick or fragrant aroma to dishes from cuisines right around the world. 
 

Seasoning is a must-have ingredient for both hot and cold dishes. A sprinkle of seasoning on cold salads and fruit amplifies the flavor profile, and the same goes for cooking over the stove. Liquid spice releases flavors when heated up, and these ingredients can be cooled and lightly sprinkled on top of the food when cooking or preparing to serve. The best thing about seasoning is that you can add as little or as much of it as you like. Season to taste is often the final step for a successful recipe.

Seasoning History


Long before innovations like the modern food processor and food coloring, there were just ancient civilizations, relying on nature and their own creativity to produce the food they needed to survive.


Millions of years ago, hunters and gatherers made a chance discovery: covering their meat in leaves from flowering plants made it taste better. Curiosity took hold, and humans began to experiment with more leaves, seeds, nuts, and berries. Over time, their medicinal purpose was uncovered, and herbs and spices were used to improve food freshness and taste. If it smelt or tasted good, the seasoning was in high demand, which remains true to this day.

The Origins of Trinidad Green Seasoning


The Caribbean islands have produced some of the world’s most flavorful seasonings, including Trinidad green seasoning. As a blend of herbs like basil, celery, garlic, onion, parsley, thyme, and habanero peppers, green seasoning is full of flavor. The fresh herbs are blended to a beautiful green color, forming a puree that works wonderfully over the stove or in the oven. The people of Trinidad originally used green seasoning as a marinade for meats and fish, and the seasoning was appropriately named after the Caribbean island nation where it came from.

How is Trinidad Green Seasoning Used?


Trinidad green seasoning puree is a popular choice for marinating meat, fish, and vegetables. When it comes to this seasoning, it’s worth the wait, with the flavor intensifying the longer it soaks into the food.


You can also pour the seasoning into ice cube trays and freeze it for soups and rice dishes. Plus, green seasoning is used throughout Jamaica, India, and Africa as a base ingredient for spicy dipping sauce. Two tablespoons of Trinidad green seasoning is the perfect amount to complete each recipe and produce mouthwatering Caribbean dishes.

Trinidad Green Seasoning Recipe


There’s more than one way to make green seasoning. As long as you have the key ingredient of Spanish thyme, you can incorporate your desired ingredients to produce the flavorful green puree. Here are the recommended ingredients for a tried and tested green seasoning recipe that smells great and tastes even better.

  


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 4 scallions
  • 2 pimento peppers
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • Pinch of pink rocks salt

How to Make Green Seasoning


Add water or olive oil to a blender or food processor.

Chop the cilantro, celery, green onions, and parsley and remove stems from the hot peppers.

Put all the veggies in the blender or food processor and mix until it’s a puree, similar to baby food with a slightly coarse texture.

Add more ingredients if necessary.

Once satisfied with the flavor intensity and seasoning color, pour the mixture into an airtight container for storage.


Tips From The Food Pros


Make sure to pat the herbs dry after rinsing before putting them in the blender.

Finely chop onions and herbs for easier blending. Don’t forget to remove woody herb stems too.

If you like spice, add a bit of chili for an extra kick.

Add chopped onions to the base where there is more water.

The fresher the ingredients, the better the puree will be. Try making the seasoning within a day or two after bringing home ingredients.

  




Additional Ingredients


Fresh seasoning is the opposite of boring food. The fun part is you are free to add more ingredients whenever you want. You can experiment and include more of the herbs you like, whether it's a piece of ginger or fresh oregano. Other good additions to the green seasoning recipe are bonnet pepper, chicken powder, sweet peppers, garlic vinegar, basil, shallots, rosemary, fresh ginger, cilantro, lime or lemon juice, pimento, leaf thyme, and bay leaf.

Sweet & Spicy Peppers


Peppers are a fantastic part of everyday cooking, and they certainly belonging in your cooking arsenal when making green seasoning. You can choose your preferred level of spice and incorporate as many peppers as you like. 1-2 habanero peppers or bonnet chiles add plenty of spice, or you can opt for a sweeter flavor punch with mild varieties like bell or poblano peppers.

If you want to experiment, try making a few batches with different peppers to achieve your desired earthy, spicy seasoning.

Shopping For Herbs & Spices


You can buy everything you need to make green seasoning from your local grocery store or farmer's market. Stores specializing in ethnic foods may have a larger spice selection than a general supermarket.


Green Seasoning Storage


You can safely refrigerate green seasoning for a couple of weeks in an airtight container. It lasts for three months in the freezer when you pour the seasoning into an ice tray and place inside Ziploc freezer bags. The frozen ice cubes are easy to put into soups, stews, and any other recipes. If it’s a marinade, just thaw the ice cubes before cooking.

The addition of vinegar to the seasoning allows you to store it for even longer. The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria and preserves the fresh ingredients. Consider swapping water for vinegar to boost the flavor and ensure the seasoning lasts for a long time. 

  


How Easy Is It to Make Trinidad Green Seasoning?


It's super easy! Caribbean dishes wouldn't be the same without all your favorite herbs in Trinidad green seasoning. Luckily, it's simple to make and incorporate into exotic dishes, with better flavor than traditional bouillon cubes or stock seasoning. 

Here are a few final things to keep in mind when making green seasoning, a quintessential element in many delicious foods. 

  • In just a few quick steps, you can have tasty green seasoning that’s rich in flavor and perfect for Caribbean food. Roughly chop the herbs and pulse them in the blender or food processor before using or storing the seasoning. Once the mixture appears like pureed baby food, it's good to go.

  • After mixing the ingredients, you can taste test the seasoning and see if it's too strong or too mild for your liking. A cup of water can be used to tone down overpowering flavors, while you can throw in more fresh cilantro and spicy peppers if you're not quite satisfied with the flavor yet. 

  • Just a few spoonfuls are enough for soups and stews. If you’re marinating meat or fish, let it soak for a few hours in the green seasoning for the best flavor results. 

  • You can feel good about eating food made with Trinidad green seasoning. It’s much healthier than store-bought seasoning packed with preservatives, coloring, and additives.

  • Green seasoning can transform bland food into melt-in-your-mouth comfort food, whether it's on meat, rice, pasta, or salads. Both classic meals like beef stew and more advanced dishes are enhanced with aromatic herbs from green seasoning. 

  • Trinidadian dishes are popular from island to island throughout the Caribbean. Making green seasoning at home allows you to bring a little bit of island life back home with you. It's an incredibly versatile seasoning that can be used across cuisines, from Creole dishes to favorite stews from the other side of the world.

  • Caribbean green seasoning ingredients are readily available at supermarkets, farmers' markets, and specialty ethnic food stores. Once you buy what you need for the green seasoning mixture, it's best to make it fresh. 

  • As a staple meat marinade, green seasoning is a popular choice for adding more flavor to meats. Many people love how it tastes on beef, chicken, and pork, so save it for your next barbecue. 

Discover new flavors and embrace Caribbean green seasoning marinade today.







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Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat
Trinidad Green Seasoning

Trinidad Green Seasoning

A recipe for blended herbs with other aromatic spices that make up this green seasoning, a Caribbean kitchen staple. Used to season meats and boost other dishes.
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

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)
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.

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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    2. Flavor pepper is pimento pepper

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  4. How long can you keep it refrigerated or should I freeze this?

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    1. I've kept this in the fridge for months. You can freeze also but i prefer it just sit in the fridge

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  5. Can you use this as a marinade or rub and grill the meat?

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    1. Yes you can. I do it and just grill the chicken when I'm ready.

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  6. 12 cloves of what? You already have 2 heads of garlic!

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    1. Hello. Just 12 cloves. The flower buds... 12 of those. Here's a link to what cloves are https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-are-cloves-995621

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