When you’re cooking with Jamaican seasoning, heat and flavor is everything. Jamaican jerk marinades, in all their forms, are a time-honored tradition throughout the Caribbean. You don’t have to actually be in Jamaica, however, to enjoy a feast with the fierce flavor combinations of the islands.
The Reggae Spice Company has been making authentic Jamaican marinades in both “sweet and sassy” and “hot and spicy” varieties with base recipes that have taken years to develop. They offer the following tips on how to add a little island flair to your next feast:
Add a Pop of Flavor to Grilled Corn
It’s time to fire up the grill and grab some fresh ears of corn for a flavorful dish that will have everybody begging for more:
- Peel the outer husk away and roll each ear of corn in a little olive oil mixed with the juice from a lime.
- Rub each stalk of corn liberally with the Jamaican Jerk Marinade Seasoning of your choice.
- Set the ears of corn out to roast over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, turning them every five to keep the char even.
It couldn’t be simpler — but your guests won’t know that, and there’s no rule that says you have to tell them your secret!
Add Zest to Chickpea and Kale Soup
Vegetarian dishes are good for the environment and good for your body, so more people are making meatless meals a regular thing in their households. The only problem is that vegetarian dishes can sometimes lack the full-bodied flavor that you get in other meals.
Adding a little Thai Coconut Curry Jerk Marinade seasoning into this easy soup recipe can make your tastebuds sing:
- Saute garlic and finely diced onions together in a little olive oil.
- Add to a broth that is one part water, one part unsweetened coconut milk and one part vegetable stock.
- Add in chopped kale, chickpeas, a teaspoon of the coconut curry jerk seasoning.
- Salt and pepper to taste, then stir the batch over high heat until it boils.
Reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes for a dish that will make your friends and family think you’re a secret culinary genius.
Take Taco Night to the Next Level
Taco night is everybody’s favorite, but it can get a little boring if you don’t spice things up from time to time.
The next time Taco Tuesday rolls around, try this easy switch-up for some real flavor:
- Poach your chicken breast in a pot of water until done and shred the meat.
- Dice onions, red peppers, yellow peppers, and garlic and saute all of it in a pan with a little olive oil until tender.
- Add the shredded chicken and diced vegetables together in a bowl along with two teaspoons of your favorite Jamaican jerk or curry marinade and stir until mixed.
You can then fill warm taco shells with the mixture and top with cheese for a meal that only looks complicated.
There’s a whole world full of flavor out there, so there’s no excuse for depriving your tastebuds — especially when you can get your hands on authentic Jamaican seasoning so easily!