This is a list of Jamaican dishes and foods. Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the Spanish, British, Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical West Africa and Southeast Asia, which are now grown locally. Jamaican cuisine includes dishes from the different cultures brought to the island, while other dishes are novel or a fusion of techniques and traditions. A wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available.

Jamaican dishes and foods

Ackee and saltfish, national dish of Jamaica
Cassava cakes (Bammies)
Callaloo originated in West Africa
Coco bread, sandwiching a Jamaican patty
Jamaican patties served with Red Stripe beer
Run down is a stew dish in Jamaican cuisine and Tobago cuisine


Guinep fruit

Desserts and sweets

Herbs, spices andc condiments


Soups play an important role in the Jamaican diet, not only as appetizers, but also as main lunch and dinner dishes because they are filling on their own with tubers/staples (such as yam, sweet potato, white potato, breadfruit, Jamaican boiled dumplings, dasheen and coco), vegetables (such as carrot, okra and cho-cho/chayote) and meat. Many Jamaican families enjoy soup on Saturday evenings for dinner. Soup is often had alone, with hard dough bread or tough Jamaican water crackers as accompaniment. Soups are almost always served piping hot.


A mug of Horlicks malted milk
Milo instant chocolate malt powder

Hot beverages

Most Jamaicans begin the morning with a hot drink, either alone, with Jamaican tough water crackers, bread or along with a breakfast dish.

  • Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
  • Chocolate tea (Hot chocolate), traditionally made from chocolate balls
  • Herbal Tea, using packaged tea bags or brewed from local herbs. The commonly consumed ones include ginger, cinnamon and peppermint. These serve as accompaniment to breakfast dishes, or can be had with Jamaican water crackers as its own meal. Herbal teas are usually sweetened with sugar.
  • Horlicks
  • LASCO Food Drinks, instant powdered drinks made by adding hot water, manufactured by the local company Lasco Manufacturers (Lasco Jamaica) with flavours such as vanilla, creamy malt, peanut punch and almond.
  • Milo
  • Tea, popular brands include Tetley and Red Rose Tea.

Cold beverages

These accompany meals, usually lunch or dinner. The alcoholic beverages are mainly consumed recreationally, however.

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