No visit to the Caribbean is complete without sampling some of its colourful flavours. The use of local and fresh ingredients make Caribbean food a delight on the senses.
Caribbean cuisine is an incredible blending of tropical flavors and multicultural influences that have been enhanced over centuries.
Food in the Caribbean is based on mostly African, Spanish, Chinese, and East Indian flavors but generally are crossovers of the cuisines from the rest of the world.
Here are 10 Caribbean Dishes You’ve Got To Try At Least Once.
- Jamaican Caribbean Curry
if you have never tried a Caribbean curry more specifically Jamaican curry chicken then you are in for a treat. The flavours are quite bold with the overall meal being quite hearty. There’s a combination of rich chicken stewed with potatoes making it a filling dish for the entire family. Unlike any Jamaican recipes, it’s not overly complicated with some of the work being carried out during the preparation stage.
- Trinidian Roti Skin
There’s roti, and then there’s Trinidadian roti. And it’s awesome!It’s a meal worth taking to your grave. It’s that good
- Barbados: Coucou and Flying Fish
Given that this beautiful West Indies island is sometimes referred to as “The Land of the Flying Fish,” you shouldn’t leave town without trying this popular local seafood, found in the warm waters around Barbados and used to make the national dish, coucou and flying fish. The fish is steamed and cooked with onions, lime juice, spices, and vegetables, and served on a bed of polenta-like cornmeal; or fried and served with a spicy sauce.
- Puerto Rico: Mofongo
Hearty, flavorful, and unlike anything else you’ll try in the islands, mofongo is a mash-up of tastes and textures that’s pure Puerto Rico. The dish features mashed fried green plantains flavored with garlic and pork rinds, and is traditionally created using a wooden mortar and pestle known as a pilón. Mofongo can be eaten as either a side dish or the main star, with meat, vegetables or chicken broth. Like much of the island’s cuisine, the dish has roots in Spanish, African, and Ta’no cooking traditions.
- Jamaican Pepper Shrimp
Driving around in Jamaica you can find the spicy crustaceans known as peppered shrimp or pepper shrimp sold in snack sized plastic bags on the side of the street. “Pepper swims” as the locals call it, is a bright red color and is prepared with the head and shell on to preserve the rich flavor. Makes a great appetizer or high protein snack.
- Trinidad & Tobago: Crab & Callaloo
This dual-island nation near Venezuela is a hotspot for Creole cuisine, and the dish not to miss is crab & callaloo, a flavorful treat with origins in West Africa. A locally-sourced leafy green similar to spinach, callaloo is generally blended with coconut milk, spices, chilies, and sometimes additions like okra and red meat, then topped with crab.
- Jerk Chicken
A delicacy that uses a range of fiery peppers and spices such as Scotch bonnets, nutmeg and pimentos, jerk chicken combines the heat of the seasonings with tender meat. Often the chicken is rubbed with the spices and then either roasted or barbecued for an intense flavor and succulent texture. There are variations of flavorings that can be used for this dish, and every plate is unique. When cooked to perfection, jerk chicken is a popular dish that simply must be tried.
Are you a fan of Caribbean cuisine? Do you agree with our selection or have we missed your favourite? Share your must-try dishes below