Herbs for Health Recipe: Thyme – Jamaican Jerk Marinade

Herbs for Health Recipe: Thyme – Jamaican Jerk Marinade

Jerk is a spicy and flavourful marinade and sauce used in Jamaican cuisine, especially for marinating and grilling meat, particularly chicken or pork. It's also great with fish and prawns!

Jerk is made with a blend of fresh herbs and spices, including thyme, scallions (spring onions), garlic, ginger, allspice and fiercely hot Scotch bonnet peppers - a type of habanero. The combination of these aromatic herbs and spices (the allspice is vital) creates a robust and zesty sauce that infuses the meat with a distinct Caribbean flavour profile. The sauce is often applied generously to the meat before grilling, resulting in a smoky and tangy taste that is characteristic of Jamaican jerk dishes.

1. Caribbean Pot Version

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For this jerk seasoning you'll need...

  • 6 scallions
  • 10-14 sprigs thyme
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pimento (allspice) powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 4-5 thick slices of ginger
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 medium onions

2. Island Style Kitchen Jerk Seasoning

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  • 20-30 Scotch Bonnet & Habanero Peppers
  • 10 Pimento
  • 1-2 Cloves
  • 10-14 Sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Large Onions
  • 2 Large Ginger
  • 15 Cloves of Garlic
  • A bunch of Scallion
  • A dash Nutmeg
  • A dash Cinnamon
  • 50ml Oil
  • 120ml Vinegar or Water
  • 80ml Soya Sauce
"Jerk is mostly associated with meat, but Jamaica has its own Rastafarian plant-based eating practice - Ital. In its strictest form, an Ital diet has no meat, fish, salt or sugar; it is 100% whole food and plant-based."

As part of a nutritionally rich, whole-health lifestyle, at The Whole Health Practice, we advocate enjoying herbs (and spices) as a regular part of one’s diet. While some herbs (and their polyphenols) have shown positive results for specific health outcomes, enjoy a variety of herbs that work in synergy to promote maximum health. And taste!

Ital is Vital,



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