I am beginning to sound like a well travelled foodie. Yes, I have been to the Caribbean, a very long time ago. But, not so long that I can’t remember the great Caribbean meal ideas that I found.
However, this aricle is not about my travels, it is about Caribbean cuisine and girl, what a choice we have.
Caribbean Meal Ideas
So, what do I know about Caribbean food? Not nearly as much as I should, is the short and honest answer.
Yes, we had an all-inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic over 30 years ago. It was a an incredible visit but, sadly, my memories are not specifically about the food.
However, I do remember breakfast. It was a buffet breakfast where you could select from an incredible range of fresh Caribbean fruit.
This was probably the one event that changed by culinary outlook of food, for the rest of my life.
What I do know about Caribbean food is that fish is very popular. This is hardly surprising for an island community surrounded by warm oceans that are teeming with gorgeous fish.
A real delicacy of Barbados is Flying Fish. These are beautiful light whitefish usually grilled when serving. A much bigger fish is the Grouper which can be used in fish stews or can make a very passable fish steak.
One Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Pineapple-Coconut Rice
Jerk chicken is so-named because of the jerk seasoning used to flavour the meat.
Jerk seasoning is a spice combination of cumin, nutmeg, allspice, smoked paprika and cinnamon. Although the name jerk is derived from jerking or poking the meat with a stick while cooking.
This is a typical cooking method of the Caribbean area, Jamaica in particular and to some extent the southern United States.
Caribbean Salmon Caribbean Meal
Fish is a favourite food, wherever you go. This Caribbean salmon is sure to be a hit. Garlic, lime and the requisite jerk seasoning add a zing to an already delicious piece of salmon.
Anything grilled over a barbecue is a treat. Grilled for 3 minutes a side until lightly charred but, still pink in the middle. Should give you a heavenly piece of fish.
Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas with Gluten Free Dumplings
This should be right up my street. I already follow a gluten-free diet and while not vegan, I have toyed with the idea of going vegetarian.
Jamaican stew just sounds delicious. I know it has more to do with the romantic notion of being on the island of Jamaica, than savouring a red bean stew.
This delightful vegan stew could be an ideal candidate for tagine cooking although that is not a Caribbean cooking method.
Caribbean potato curry (Slow cooker, Gluten Free)
Many Caribbean recipes revolve around vegetables. This inspiring slow cooker recipe for potato curry is typical.
If you find ordinary potatoes too bland, try substituting them with sweet potato for a really special treat.
Caribbean Mango Sauced Meatballs
Juicy and sweet, these spocy meatballs make a delicious appetizer for any dinner party. And, if you have never tasted mango, girl you are in for a very nice surprise.
Bite-sized succulent meatballs, will be a family favourite and elevate you to cook supreme.
Caribbean Chicken With A Spicy Honey Rum Glaze
Chicken is such a versatile meat to cook with. This rum and honey glaze makes a super sweet, sticky sauce a real attraction that you will never tire of.
Our time in the Caribbean was the trip of a lifetime. The Dominican Republic occupies the larger part of the island of Hispañola with the remaining part being occupied by the Republic of Haiti.
Jamaican Beef Stew with rice
Another slow-cooked masterpiece, this Jamaican beef stew will feed the hungriest of families. It is also unlikely that even the fussiest of eaters could find fault with this savoury, Caribbean rice dish.
In the unlikely event that you have leftovers, they will easily keep in the refrigerator. Reheated the next day, this will be every bit as delicious as the first day.