Jamaican food features a diverse array of sweet, salty, and sour flavors. This type of cuisine uses spices and cooking techniques influenced by cultures from places such as Africa, Portugal, and India. The next time you’re at a Jamaican restaurant in Indianapolis, consider ordering one of Jamaica’s most beloved treats.

jerk chicken

Jerk Chicken

Jamaica’s most well-known dish is jerk chicken. This fiery chicken dish makes generous use of jerk seasoning. If it is slow-roasted over hot coals or baked in the oven, jerk chicken is similar to barbecue because of the sweet and smoky flavors of allspice added with Scotch bonnet peppers. It is best enjoyed over rice and peas or with a side of fried plantains for a truly authentic island dining experience.

ackee

Ackee and Saltfish

Jamaica’s national dish is Ackee and Saltfish. This national treasure is most often a breakfast or lunch entree. Featuring the ackee fruit, which has a creamy and buttery texture, when coupled with saltfish, this creates the perfect Caribbean cuisine treat!

Most chefs fry the fruit with tomatoes, sweet onions, and hot peppers then add dried, salt-cured fish that rehydrates and becomes most tender in the cooking juices. The end result is a hearty dish with tropical fruit flavors that complement the tangy and salty fish.

oxtail

Braised Oxtail

Oxtail has a beefy dish with a somewhat gamey flavor that has a silky texture on the palate. Most Jamaican restaurant chefs usually braise the oxtail for several hours in a stew of beans, garlic, herbs, and spices. This makes an unusual cut of meat flavorful while being fall-off-the-bone tender to the touch. Most diners enjoy the savory gravy with freshly steamed white rice and slices of sweet hard dough bread, which is another staple Jamaican side.

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Curry Goat

Curry goat is yet another popular Jamaican meal that borrows heavily from Indian cuisine. Though, the cooking style is uniquely Jamaican.

Rather than adding spices to the oil, Jamaican restaurant chefs rub the spices deeply into the meat before browning on all sides and allowing it to stew it in its own juices along with garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, and onions. Best enjoyed with white rice or hard dough bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Enjoy these Jamaican Dishes

Taste any of these popular Jamaican dishes at Yaso Grill, anytime we are open!