17 Dishes to Transport You to Jamaica

Curry, jerk spice, and everything nice

If you're looking to add a little Jamaican flavor to your summer cooking repertoire, we've got the recipes you need and will love all year round. From braised oxtail to ackee and saltfish, here are the classic Jamaican recipes you should be cooking now.

Grilled Snapper with Habanero and Scallions
Grilled Snapper with Habanero and Scallions
Chile heat brings out the sweetness of whole red snapper in this Jamaican recipe. Get the recipe for Grilled Snapper with Habanero and Scallions »Helen Rosner
Curried Chicken
Curried Chicken
Bathed in fragrant curry- and ginger-infused coconut milk, this stew is a popular breakfast dish at Kingston cafés. Get the recipe for Curried Chicken »Landon Nordeman
Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans
Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans
Oxtail, a tough cut of meat, becomes meltingly tender when braised in this traditional Jamaican dish, served with Coconut Rice and Red Beans, which soak up all the flavorful pan juices. Get the recipe for Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans »Matt Taylor-Gross
Pepper Pot Soup
Pepper Pot Soup
This vegetarian soup, a Jamaican classic, is made with callaloo, a spinach-like green that can be found canned or fresh in Caribbean groceries. Serve with minced fresh Scotch bonnet chiles sprinkled on top for extra heat. Get the recipe for Pepper Pot Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross
Stamp and Go
Stamp and Go
These road snacks are possibly named for the way travelers would stamp their feet at food stands to hail vendors. This recipe, adapted from one given to us by Jamaican food columnist Jacqui Sinclair, pairs the fritters with a sauce made with culantro, an herb with a cilantro-like flavor. Get the recipe for Stamp and Go »Landon Nordeman
Fricassee Chicken
Fricassee Chicken
Though spiced in a familiar, jerk-like marinade, this chicken gets shallow-fried and then cooked down with caramelized aromatics until sticky and spicy-sweet. Get the recipe for Fricassee Chicken »Matt Taylor-Gross
Rosemary-Jerk Lamp Chops
Rosemary-Jerk Lamp Chops
Here, a classic jerk marinade is perfumed with rosemary and slathered over lamb loin chops for a surprising take on the iconic chicken preparation. The soy sauce in the marinade boosts the lamb's umami flavors. Get the recipe for Rosemary-Jerk Lamp Chops »Matt Taylor-Gross
Coconut Rice and Red Beans
Coconut Rice and Red Beans
If you prefer, you can use canned red kidney beans in this satisfying side dish, served alongside Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans. Simply skip the first step and rinse one 15-oz. can of beans before adding them to the pan in step two. Get the recipe for Coconut Rice and Red Beans »Matt Taylor-Gross
Ackee and Saltfish
Ackee and Saltfish
Ackee, Jamaica's national fruit, is the highlight of this hearty sauté. Get the recipe for Ackee and Saltfish »Landon Nordeman
Johnnycakes
Johnnycakes
These fluffy fried dumplings, served at the Wyndham Kingston Jamaica, are great alongside ackee and saltfish. Get the recipe for Johnnycakes »Landon Nordeman
Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum
Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum
Use very ripe organic bananas for these silver-dollar-size fritters, as they will mash the best and create a smooth, sweet batter. Get the recipe for Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum »Matt Taylor-Gross
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Full of fiery chiles and warm spices, the all-purpose seasoning for this dish can be used as a rub on pork, goat, fish, and vegetables, as well as chicken. Get the recipe for Jamaican Jerk Chicken »Todd Coleman
Callaloo and Cheddar Quiches
Callaloo and Cheddar Quiches
Jacqui Sinclair, food columnist for the Jamaica Observer, gave us the recipe for these mini brunch quiches made with callaloo, a spinach-like Jamaican green. Get the recipe for Callaloo and Cheddar Quiches »Landon Nordeman
Conch Soup
Conch Soup
Sweet conch meat meets fiery chiles in this aromatic stew. Long simmering tenderizes the shellfish and results in a sumptuous dish. Get the recipe for Conch Soup »Landon Nordeman
Hominy Porridge
Hominy Porridge
Dried hominy takes hours of cooking, but it yields a luscious porridge. This recipe comes from Kingston-based caterer Dian Watson. Get the recipe for Hominy Porridge »Landon Nordeman
Vegetable Run-Up
Vegetable Run-Up
This version of rundown, typically made with mackerel, was renamed by chef Yvonne Peters-Hope of Ashanti Oasis Vegetarian Restaurant, who gave us the recipe for this meat-free take on the savory breakfast stew. Get the recipe for Vegetable Run-Up »Landon Nordeman
Jamaican Punch
Jamaican Punch
Throughout the Caribbean, rum punches flecked with nutmeg have been served steadily since the colonial era. Get the recipe for Jamaican Punch »Anna Stockwell