Jamaican jerk marinade automatically reminds me of being back in Jamaica eating jerk chicken on the beach and feeling irie! Jamaican jerk marinade is a quick and easy way to add tons of flavor and spice to any dish.
Ahhhhhhhemmmmmmmmmm!!! Can I please have your attention, good sauce loving friends of the world. It is time for this Jamaican Jerk Marinade to take center stage. Because of this amazingness I can quit blogging right now. My job is complete. I would have succeeded in sharing the only marinade that you will ever need in life. I think it is life changing, life affirming maybe, life-worth-living levels even. It gave me an extra kick just smelling it.
It is breezy outside today. The weather is finally taking a slight turn. It seems for Fall like today, and just to be clear by slight turn I mean it is about 81 degrees outside. I think it is the perfect time for some spice!!!
This marinade right here is EVERYTHING!!!! It reigns supreme in my house.
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There are just some things in this life that can make me unexplainably happy- Babies, yoga pants, a flash sales at Old Navy and this magical sauce. No one can deny the flavor bomb that is in this Jamaican Jerk Marinade. It is straight fire but in the best possible way!
As a child growing up in Jamaica, I can remember having jerk chicken every Friday. Walking home from school on Friday always made my stomach rumble. The streets would be lined with vendors, and each food cart has very loyal customers. Some of the vendor’s marinades would be a little sweeter while others would be ALOT spicier. No matter which vendor you went to you basically knew what the end result would be….. pure deliciousness!
In this marinade you can find the spark that is Jamaica: It is spicy, hot and at the same time sweet. It is a unapologetically hot marinade can transport you from any location to the small beautiful island that is Jamaica. We love it so much in my house that we put it on chicken, fish even tofu. I make jars at a time and store it in the refrigerator to add an extra kick to any dish.
The extraordinary Cast of characters: Scallions, thyme, onion, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, habanero peppers (or Scotch Bonnet), pimento seeds, bay leaves, soy sauce, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Don’t be afraid of the habanero peppers (or Scotch Bonnet) in this dish, the addition of some brown sugar is the perfect way to cool off. This is out of this world good… on another level good.
There is LITERALLY a party in my mouth.
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Note: you can take out the seeds from the habanero pepper to make the marinade milder. I recommend that you try this way first just to test how hot you like it.
Jamaican Jerk Marinade
- 1 large onion
- 4 sprigs of thyme
- 4 stalks of scallion
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 whole scotch bonnet pepper 1 with seeds
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 6-10 pimento seeds
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 inch long ginger
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Roughly chop onion, scallions, garlic and ginger and place them into the food processor
- Next add all the other ingredients on top
- add the wet ingredients next
- Turn your food processor on and pulse until you have a chunky puree.
- Walla you have the most fragrant jerk marinade. Enjoy
I’d like to know how I can make jerk chicken in a crock pot using this wonderful jerk sauce recipe.
First time I made this, my blender and kitchen smelled just like real grilled jerk! I saved some marinade to use again a few days later and while the flavor had gone down abit, the jerk was still noticeable. Very good!
However I made again and tried to double the recipe and it was a big fail. NO jerk aroma whatsoever though still spicy. Not sure what went wrong!
I’ll retry it though bcos I really liked the taste the first time. maybe i just did something wrong.
Hi Arielli! I’m glad it turned out great the first time.(HAPPY DANCE) Definitely give it another go. Let know how it turns out. 🙂
What are pimento seeds???? I have not heard of them and how important are they to the recipe in case I can’t find them.
If you can’t find the pimento seeds or all spice berries- you might be able to find the ground all spice (1 teaspoon). If all else fails you certainly an do without. 🙂
Hi, this looks yummy. Thanks for sharing its recipe.
Yum! This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
Awesome Penny! Let me know how you like it 🙂
Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing! I know my family would love it on our meats!!
Fantastic Ashleigh! It is awesome on all meat, I think I have put it on everything 🙂
Yumm! One of my favorite flavors!
Right!!!! Jes, I’m glad you like the flavors. I am on my last jar and I’m ready to make more 🙂
That looks real good, but those Habaneros are really going to kick. Yikes!!!
Thanks Jenny! If you take out the seeds from the habanero pepper it takes away most of the heat. Plus when you cook it the habanero becomes a lot milder. Don’t be afraid 🙂
Might have to see if I can talk my mother into making some and putting into jars and processing for using later. Just to be safe, might process under pressure… thanks for doing such a nice job of breaking down the deliciousness that is jerk marinade.
Hiya Rae! Yup, you can definitely get your mom involved 🙂 Enjoy!!!!
I love jerk marianade and my favorite peppers are the habanero peppers! This looks so yummy!! 😀
I’m glad we both love habaneros Evi 🙂 Sooooooooo good!
Ooh! This looks so yummy. These pictures are just gorgeous too! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you so much Danielle!
Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m always looking for something new to spice up my typical marinade. This looks amazing!
Thank you Chrissa!!! I love spicy foods in the fall and winter months. Makes me think it is always summer.
This looks delicious! I will definitely have to add this to my list of “To Make”. Thank you for sharing and your photography is beautiful! Sending love from Blog Passion Project!
Thank you so much Vanessa! Let me know how you like the marinade 🙂
YUM! I love anything Jamaican Jerk. You’ve got some really amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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I am so glad you like it Kelsie! I would love to join the link party 🙂 #excited