Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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Learn how to make this flavorful Jamaican Jerk seasoning with tons of aromatic spices. It’s the perfect hot spice blend for chicken, seafood, pork, and even vegetables.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jerk Seasoning is a multi-purpose seasoning that’s super versatile and packed with flavor. This jerk rub is slightly spicy, aromatic with smokey notes and complex flavors.

Making my spice blends at home is one of my favorite things because they taste better than store-bought seasoning packets. 

Just like my chicken seasoning, Italian Seasoning, or taco seasoning, homemade spice mixes are incredibly easy to make and taste fragrant. Customize it to fit your taste. Whether you’re looking for a hot or a mild seasoning, this jerk seasoning is super versatile.

What Is Jamaican Jerk Seasoning?

Jerk Seasoning is a Jamaican spice blend made with fragrant and rich spices such as allspice, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

The term ‘jerk’ refers to the method of cooking where the meat is just rubbed with a hot seasoning blend. 

The jerk-marinated and seasoned meat is traditionally grilled with allspice wood added for extra flavor.

How Does Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Taste?

This mixture of Jamaican spices creates a sweet yet spicy taste with a smokey flavor. It is usually used for dry marinating pork, chicken, seafood, and more.

Why Are You Going To Love This Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe

  • It contains common spices that you most likely already have on hand.
  • It’s extremely easy to make.
  • Super customizable – You may make it as mild or as spicy as you want!
  • A multi-purpose seasoning that’s perfect for any protein or vegetables.
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Ingredients

Although its name sounds very exotic, the ingredients are super common and easy to find at any grocery shop:

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning ingredients
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Allspice 
  • Salt&Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Thyme
  • Parsley

How To Make Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

These types of recipes are by far the easiest to create.

  1. Measure out all the seasonings. Combine in a small bowl and transfer them to a jar. 
  2. Then store the Jamaican jerk seasoning in an airtight jar.

Tips For Cooking With This Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  • When cooking with this spice, we recommend doing this on the grill.
  • If you are not a fan of spicy food but still like this Seasoning, you can replace the red pepper flakes with another ingredient.
  • To make a fine-textured seasoning mix, combine all ingredients in a food processor or spice blender and pulse until the result resembles a fine powder!
  • If you want a fragrant spice, you can grind the dried spices.
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning ingredients

Can I Substitute Jamaican Jerk Seasoning With Another Seasoning?

It is known that the authentic taste of this spice is very difficult to replace with another type of spice. But still, if you run out of Jamaican jerk seasoning, the only spice that can resemble it and can be used on the same dishes is Ras El Hanout. This spice is of Moroccan origin and is made from allspice (also primarily used in jerk seasoning), cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, and coriander.

How To Use Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

This spice has its origins in Jamaica and is used to give those exotic flavors specific to the dish. It’s usually used on a wide selection of meats, seafood, or vegetables. 

  • Pork
  • Chicken 
  • Turkey
  • Shrimp
  • Fish – white fish or salmon
  • Steak
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Grilled Bell Peppers
  • Sauteed Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli

Storing Ideas

Store Jamaican Jerk Seasoning can be stored in an airtight jar in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning in a jar

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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Cook Time 5 minutes
Yelds 30 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


Learn how to make this flavorful Jamaican Jerk seasoning with tons of aromatic spices. It’s the perfect hot spice blend for chicken, seafood, pork, and even vegetables.
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  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried thyme dried
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar optional


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Transfer the mixture into a spice jar or glass jar with a lid.
  • Store in a dark place for up to 6 months and use as desired.
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Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
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