Jamaican spice mix

Jamaican spice mix

This spice mix adds an incredible flavour and aroma to any grilled or roasted meats and curries. It can be used as a dry rub or mixed with oil or yoghurt for a marinade. If using as a marinade, rub it into the meat with a little salt, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Recipes where I’ve used this spice mix –

Jamaican spice recipe

jamaican spice mix

makes ¾ cup

  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 tsp turmeric


Place the whole spices (first six) in a small frying pan over medium heat for a couple of minutes to toast. Place the toasted spices in a mortar along with the remaining ground spices and pound to a powder using the pestle. Alternatively use a spice grinder.

Store in a sealed jar in the pantry.

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