17 Tastiest Caribbean Foods | Warnings and Recommendations

7 Tastiest Caribbean Foods

17 Of The Tastiest Caribbean Foods and Desserts along with Warnings, Recommendations and Commonly Asked Questions

Caribbean foods are very rich in flavour, as the countries in the Caribbean grow a huge plethora of strong spices and peppers. Most of these food originated in Africa, and India and have been transformed into perfect masterpieces with the Caribbean native flavours and individual tastes of each island. Many would say that Caribbean food is the best tasting foods in the world, it is a foodies dream. When you arrive in the Caribbean make sure you try out some of these, I have included the best of the best Caribbean foods in this list that most people would love. Caribbean people love to eat their foods with hot peppers in it, and you will find most dishes are served this way so make sure you ask about the pepper before you order!

 

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17 Tastiest Caribbean Foods You Will Love,

  1. Roti and Dahl Purri

    Roti and Dahl Purri are staples in Indo Caribbean cuisine. It is a thin flatbread that is used to pick up meats and vegetable, or to wrap your meat and vegetable. You can find Roti in every Caribbean country right now, but it originated in India. It was transformed into the Caribbean style when the Indians arrived in Trinidad and in Guyana. Roti is substituted for the filler rice in many dishes and most people eat this with their hands.

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  2. Chicken Curry

    Chicken curry is a famous dish that originally came from India. You may think you have tried chicken curry already if you have dined at an Indian restaurant, but you will find that the Caribbean version of Chicken curry is very different to its Indian counterpart. The Caribbean offers a plethora of spices and flavours and they have fused this into their chicken curry. Many prefer the Caribbean style chicken curry for its mouth watering flavour. Chicken curry can be eaten with rice or with roti.

    Chicken-Curry

    Chicken-Curry

  3. Lamb Curry and Goat Curry

    Lamb curry and goat curry can be found in every Caribbean country. It is eaten by all religions, and is a major dish in the Caribbean. The Caribbean style cut into small pieces so that you can easily eat it with roti or rice. It is made with strong spicy ingredients, so make sure if you cannot eat spice to request this with light or no pepper. It is served with extra sauce that can be scooped up with the roti or put on rice.

    Lamb-Curry

    Lamb-Curry

  4. Ox Tail Stew

    This is a popular Afro-Caribbean dish, it originated from when the dutch used to give their slaves left over hard meat from the ox’s tail. They learned to boil this meat for a long time until it is fall off the bone soft and make tasty stew out of it. Now ox tail is one of the more expensive types of meat because of its full flavour and even fat. This is a filling but amazing dish served on a bed of rice and peas and salad.

    Jamaican-Ox-Tail

    Jamaican-Ox-Tail

  5. Beef Patties and Chicken Patties

    Beef patties and chicken patties are another one of my all time favourites. It is ground beef or chicken, seasoned to perfection and wrapped in a dough. After it is baked into a flaky pastry. Sometimes you will see a red dot on one of these, those are the spicy ones! Beef patties are served all over the Caribbean, but they originated in Jamaica.

    Jamaican-Beef-Patties

    Jamaican-Beef-Patties

  6. Doubles

    Doubles are breakfast dish made from seasoned chick peas onto a thick soft flatbread. They use curry powder in the chick peas and it can sometimes be a bit saucy. This is a really soft tasty dish that originated from Trinidad and Tobago. 

    Trinidad-Doubles

    Trinidad-Doubles

  7. Buss Up Shot

    Buss up Shot is name given to Chicken curry served wrapped in a roti or Dahl Purri. I’m not sure how it got this name, but I figure it is because the main ingredients looked like it busts out of the roti. This is served at weddings and Parties in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Buss-up-shot

    Buss-up-shot

  8. Pepper pot

    This is an Amerindian Caribbean dish originally from Guyana, but now all over the Caribbean. It is usually served at Christmas and special occasions. Pepper pot is beef or pork cooked in Casserip cassava sauce until it is super soft. There is also potatoes in the dish. It is saucy and extremely flavourful. It is usually eaten with roti or bread. Also Popular in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and Antigua.

    Pepperpot

    Pepper pot-Ox Tail Style

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  9. Rice and Peas

    Rice and peas is a common staple and the Caribbean and it is super tasty! Served often with a salad on the side and with different types of meats. Popular in Jamaica, the Virgin islands and Turks and Caicos.

    Rice and Peas

    Rice and Peas

  10. Callaloo

    Is a fresh vegetable dish that originated in Africa. It is cooked Kale, Spinach or Bajia served as a side with lots of spice and fresh garlic in it. It can be totally vegan or you can add small pieces of meats or fish in it. This is served all over the Caribbean.

    Callaloo

    Callaloo

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  11. Conch

    Conch is a shell fish snail  or mollusk in a large shell, this is a Caribbean delicacy. It is can be fried, baked or cooked in a pan. Often served with rice and vegetable. It can also be served in curry sauce. Conch is very popular in the Bahamas

    Bahamas-Conch-Salad

    Bahamas-Conch-Salad

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  12. Fried Cassava

    Cassava can be fried or boiled and served just like fries on a dish. It is a side or snack they serve in the Caribbean. Popular in Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Grenada.

    Fried-Cassava-Yuca

    Fried-Cassava-Yuca

  13. Escovitch Red Snapper

    This is a deep fried Red snapper fish prepared with a lot of different spices and lime served on a bed of rice or fresh vegetables. Popular in Jamaica, Anguilla, Bahamas and the Virgin Islands.

    Escovitch-Red-Snapper

    Escovitch-Red-Snapper

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  14. Chinese Caribbean Foods

    There are a lot of Chinese people in the Caribbean, their culture has intermingled with the West Indians and the Afro- Caribbean people. The result has been amazing fusion chinese food. If you are spending any significant amount of time in the Caribbean, I would highly recommend trying it. 

     

     

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Caribbean Food Delights & Desserts

  1. Custard Cake

    Made with vanilla, eggs, nutmeg, and milk, and baked in a pan until it is the texture of a cake. This dessert is usually prepared for special occasions. This is served all over the Caribbean.

    Caribbean Custard Cake

    Caribbean Custard Cake

  2. Soursop Ice Cream

    Is a Jamaican ice cream dish made from custard mixed with soursop.


  3. Ice Block

    Ice Block is a liquid custard frozen into an ice tray. This is one that I grew up eating often, it is sweet and perfectly cool on a hot summer day.

    Ice-block-custard

    Ice-block-custard

  4. Pina Colada

    If you haven’t had one, you are really missing out. Pina Coladas are served at every resort and tourist restaurant in the Caribbean as well as Latin America, if there was one drink you have to try this is the one. It is a coconut and pineapple drink served often as a slush. It is sweet, cool and delicious. This drink is served with rum in it, so make sure the kids get the virgin version. You might see this drink in travel video served with a triangle cut piece of pineapple on the rim.

    Pina-Colada

    Pina-Colada

  5. Kurma or Mithai

    These are special treat normally offered at wedding or festival, they may not be on every menu. It breaks apart in your mouth and releases a very uniques flavour, Served in Guyana and Trinidad.

    Mithai

    Mithai

Common Questions About Caribbean Food

  • The most popular Caribbean food is….

    The most popular Caribbean food has to be jerk chicken or chicken curry.


  • Tell me what is Caribbean food?

    Caribbean food is a fusion of West Indian, Afro-Caribbean and Native Amerindian foods that have been the result of hundred of years spent in the Caribbean. Most of these foods originated from Africa and India and have taken a twist as the cultures have mixed and the spices of the Caribbean have been added. It could be some of the tastiest foods in the world!


  • What is the best Caribbean party food?

    Caribbean party food are  finger foods that are eaten during a party, or the heavy meal you eat after a party to fill you belly. The most common party foods are pepperpot, Bust up Shot, Goat or lamb curry and small fried fish.


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