How to Make Your Own Jerk Seasoning + 5 Recipes to Put It to Use

Jerk seasoning is home to Jamaica with original roots going as far back as West Africa. Jerk is known to be spicy and the flavor definitely packs a punch. I combined my cooking knowledge and a little internet research to bring you the very best jerk seasoning rub. This seasoning can be used on chicken, steak, pork, seafood, and tofu.

With chicken being the common use, I suggest you start there. The scotch bonnet pepper is the key to the spice of jerk seasoning - the more scotch bonnet peppers you use, the more heat your seasoning will cary.

If you are wondering what a scotch bonnet pepper is, just ask for habanero peppers at your local grocer. If that's too much spice for you then use jalapeños, dried cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes.

Jerk Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger
  • scotch bonnet pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ground allspice

To make a wet marinade, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil or vinegar at a time until it reaches the consistency you prefer.

Store in a mason jar or in a container with a tight seal.

1. Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings


This recipe includes another take on jerk seasoning, but you can always sub out the herbs and spices for about 3 tablespoons of your own jerk seasoning, or more to taste!

Find the recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Jerk Pork in Pineapple Bowls

How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is

The best part of this recipe is that you set the pork and forget about it until it emerges full of smoky heat that plays so well off the tart and sweet bowls!

Find the recipe here.

3. Grilled Jerk Chicken and Peach Skewers

Feasting at Home
Feasting at Home

These skewers are full of grilled summer flavor, but that doesn't mean you can't make them anytime of year. Having trouble finding fresh peaches out of season? Pick up a bag of frozen peaches and defrost!

Find the recipe here.

4. Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Spicy Southern Kitchen
Spicy Southern Kitchen

You can get anyone to eat anything as long as it's on top of a pizza, guaranteed. This recipe uses pre-made pizza dough which saves even more prep time.

Find the recipe here.

5. Jamaican Jerk Sweet Potato Fries

Connoisseurus Veg
Connoisseurus Veg

You know what tempers the heat of jerk seasoning? Sweet potatoes! That's one reason why these fries are so perfect, and the second reason? Well, can French fries ever not be good?

Find the recipe here.

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