Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

No need to buy it when you can make your own homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning with the herbs and spices already in your cupboard! Simple, flavorful, and easily customizable!

I love making my own spice mixes! It is so much better than buying ready made mixes from the store. Not that there is anything wrong with doing that, but I always find that I end up with a big container of spice mix that I rarely use and it just ends up going stale in my cupboard. I much prefer to mix up smaller portions which I know are fresh and flavorful. It’s also more expensive to buy than it is to make it at home!

I use the fresh herbs and spices I already stock in my pantry and make a quick and easy spice mix when its needed. I love that I can suit them to my own taste and heat preferences. It also helps as I can’t eat garlic and so any spice mix that traditionally uses garlic powder isn’t an option for me. I can therefore, make a mix and just leave out the ingredient that I can’t tolerate. Awesome!

I love jerk chicken but my spice tolerance isn’t very high and so a milder spice is perfect for me. This spice mix produces a mildly spicy jerk seasoning that is tolerable. If you like it hot, increase the spice by adding more cayenne pepper or even chili flakes to the spice mix! That’s the beauty of making your own spice mix, you can change it up and adjust it to suit you!

Bowl with individual components of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning scooped in it.
Top view of a bowl with scooped seasonings for jerk seasoning, unmixed.

Making Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

To make my Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, you will need:

  • onion powder
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dry thyme
  • paprika
  • ground all spice
  • cayenne pepper
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground clove
  • dried parsley
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cumin

All you have to do is mix it all together and voila! This recipe produces 1/3 cup of jerk seasoning

As I mentioned above, feel free to adjust the heat by reducing or increasing the amount of cayenne pepper or even adding chili flakes for more heat.

I hope you enjoy this better way of making your own spice mix! More than anything, it is super easy to do and far more economical!

Bon appetit!

-Cathy

Jar of mixed Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.

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Bowl with individual components of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning scooped in it.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Herbs and Flour
No need to buy it when you can make your own homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning with the herbs and spices already in your cupboard! Simple, flavorful, and easily customizable!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, Spices
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 1 cup
Calories 107 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (add more for a spicier seasoning)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together to mix (or place it in a jar and shake to combine).
  • Store in an airtight jar as you would any other spice.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4669mgPotassium: 313mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1942IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 2mg
Keyword herbs, seasoning, spice mix, spices
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