Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!
Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Has anyone out there noticed just how expensive spices have become? We sure have! I try to keep a lot of spices available in my pantry. However, every now and then a recipe calls for a spice mixture I don’t have, like jerk seasoning, and off to the store I go, to buy it!

After realizing how easy it is to make seasoning mixes from scratch (using spices I ALREADY have), it’s a whole new game! Why make a separate trip to the store when it is EASY and quick to make a spice mix from scratch at home? We’ve enjoyed using this mix to make easy grilled chicken with jerk seasoning!

What Can Jerk Seasoning Be Used For?

Jerk seasoning is primarily used to season meat, like chicken fish, beef or pork.  That is the way it is most frequently used. It is used a lot in Jamaican-style recipes, and is associated closely with this cuisine, and lends its unique flavor to these meats.

Did you know it can also be used in other ways? Jerk seasoning can also be added to mayonnaise (in small amounts) to give it an extra kick, for sandwiches or burgers. You can also mix a bit of it with fresh mashed avocado, and serve it as a unique appetizer dip!

Make The Jerk Seasoning

Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined.

NOTE: In traditional jerk seasoning, scotch bonnet peppers are used, but the cayenne pepper in this recipe will add the little bit of extra heat instead!

Make sure any lumps are broken down. Congratulations! You have just made your very own jerk seasoning from scratch!

All the spices for this seasoning mix are combined in a medium bowl.Once blended the jerk seasoning mix is ready to store or use.

Storing Jerk Seasoning

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Now you can keep it in your pantry until you’re ready to use it! It should keep it’s full flavor potency for about 6 months.

TIP: Don’t forget to label the jar, because no one wants to have their cinnamon toast accidentally made with jerk seasoning! Just sayin’!

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight jar or container.

Ready To Grill Meat Using Jerk Seasoning?

Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices.

Add oil to the seasoning mix and combine, when you need it to grill meat.

The seasoning mix (in the photo below) will look like this, after the oil has been mixed in.

This is what the seasoning looks like after being blended with oil before spreading on meat.

Here is a photo of chicken breasts, fully coated with the jerk seasoning rub. Just rub it into the meat, and the chicken is ready to grill! There should be enough of the jerk rub mix to coat 6-8 pieces of chicken.

Chicken breasts have been covered with the jerk seasoning mix (combined with oil).

The jerk rub adheres well to the meat as it cooks, and the result is this uniquely flavored Jamaican-style chicken!

This is what the chicken looked like AFTER grilling using this spice mix.

Hope you will whip up some of this Jamaican-style jerk seasoning mix. My hope is that you will appreciate having it handy in the kitchen and will enjoy using it! Have a wonderful day.

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How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jerk seasoning
Servings: 1 (10 Tablespoons total)
Calories Per Serving: 111 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined. Make sure any lumps are broken down.

Storing Jerk Seasoning
  1. Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Don't forget to label the jar! Now you can store it in your pantry until you are ready to use it! It should keep it's flavor potency for about 6 months.

When Ready To Cook Meats With Jerk Seasoning:
  1. Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices. Rub this mixture onto the surface of the meat. **(mixture will coat approx. 6-8 pieces of chicken). Cook, using the method you prefer. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1 (10 Tbsp total))
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2339mg102%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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