13 Healthy Jamaican Recipes

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These healthy Jamaican recipes are incredibly easy to make and so delicious.

The more I travel the more I see that Jamaican food is one of the most underrated cuisines in the world.

When I visited I realized I had such a narrow understanding of Jamaican recipes – the first thing that came to mind was jerk chicken and beef patties.

But I was missing out on SO much. Thankfully I ate as much as I could while I was there.

And while I only scratched the surface, it was enough to make me appreciate it so much more.

Rooted in ingredients and techniques brought by African slaves, Jamaican food influences so many countries.

People who love Costa Rican food in the coast don’t realize that much of it exists because of Jamaican immigrants.

And many dishes throughout Central America and the Caribbean were originally from Jamaica.

Is Jamaican Food Healthy?

This series of healthy Jamaican recipes isn’t a bunch of traditional Jamaican food revised to make it a healthier version.

Jamaican food is already quite healthy.

Common dishes include chicken, fish, legumes (peas, kidney beans), vegetables and greens like callaloo or vitamin rich sweet potatoes.

And of course the Scotch bonnet pepper!

It’s common to find smoked or grilled options and it’s not hard to find vegan or vegetarian food.

And while we most commonly know jerk chicken, that’s not the only thing that can accompany jerk – you can have jerk carrots if you want!

Like in any culture, Jamaica has its share of deep fried food and other sugar laden desserts that you should stay away from.

Healthy eating is possible! Choose one of the many exotic fruits you can’t get at home.


So many traditional Jamaican recipes are healthy and delicious!

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  1. Jerk Chicken is the best and one of my favorite street foods around the world.

    Thank you for sharing, amazing post as always.

  2. Being Jamaican. None of these dishes actually look like they were cooked by a Jamaican.

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