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Caribbean Seasoning, Spices, Marinades, and Herbs

A distinct feature of Caribbean food is the use of seasoning, spices, marinades, and herbs for flavor. True Caribbean kitchens stock a variety of preserves, chutneys, flavored rums, and spices (fresh and dried) to make home-made meat, fish, and poultry rubs as well as seasonings for vegetables, beans, and rice. Learn how to make seasoning, spice, marinade and herb mixes for authentic Caribbean flavor.
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  2. Sofrito (6)

Colombo Powder Seasoning
Recipe for Colombo seasoning. A spice mixture similar to curry powder used in French Caribbean cooking.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Recipe for making your own Jamaican jerk seasoning pork, chicken, fish, etc.

Top 5 Caribbean Spices in Caribbean Cuisine
Cooking with spices. Here are the top spices used in Caribbean cuisine.

What is Allspice?
Allspice is a single spice, sometimes called pimento in Jamaica, and here's a guide on how to use allspice.

What is cinnamon and how to use cinnamon stick uses. How to use cinnamon in Caribbean cuisine.

What are cloves and how to use them in Caribbean cuisine, cooking, food, and recipes.

Nutmeg is used for many things in Caribbean cuisine from seasoning food, to spicing up drinks and desserts.

What is Cassareep?
What is cassareep? Cassareep defined and how to use it. Guyanese cassareep.

Aciote Oil
Achiote oil is made from annatto seeds and is used to flavor and color many dishes such as yellow rice. Here is a simple recipe to make your own.

Bitter Orange Marinade Recipe - Marinado de Naranja Agria
This Bitter Orange Marinade is used in Latin cooking to marinate pork and other meat. It adds a unique citrus flavor to the meat.

Lime and Chive Flavored Butter Log
Lime and Chive Flavored Butter tastes great drizzled over fish or use to saute chicken, pork chops or veal.

Smokey Pineapple Flavored Butter Log
The tropical smokey sweet flavor of this Smokey Pineapple butter log goes well with seafood, fish, shrimp, lobster and scallops.

Adobo Seasoning
What is adobo? Find out in the article that explains adobo seasoning, how to use it, and adobo recipes.

Green Seasoning
Green Seasoning is the flavor of the islands. To make your own green seasoning, follow this recipe and learn how to store and use it.

Bay Leaf Simple Syrup
Bay Leaf Simple Syrup Recipe: here is a recipe for bay leaf simple syrup. Learn how to make herbal bay leaf simple syrup.

Homemade Syrup Recipe - How to Make Syrup for Guyanese-style Pancakes
Homemade Syrup Recipe - How to Make Syrup for Guyanese-style Pancakes

Coriander (Cilantro) Chutney
Recipe for coriander (cilantro) chutney. Coriander is another name for cilantro and there are many versions of this fresh chutney. Serve with seafood, on sandwiches, or as a dip.

West Indian Bay Leaf (Pimenta racemosa)
Learn how to buy and cook with the West Indian Bay Leaf.

What is mother in law? Mother in law guide to the spicy Caribbean condiment, also called Trini mother in law sauce. Learn about mother in law sauce.

Cooking with thyme in Caribbean cuisine. A guide to cooking with a various thymes.

Sweet Basil
Basil uses in Caribbean Cooking. How to shop for basil and how to store basil.

Green Onions
Green onions guide. Caribbean shallots and chives. Storing green onions.

What is marjoram? Marjoram and its uses. Marjoram shopping and storing.

Chadon Beni (Culantro)
Chadon beni uses. Chadon beni in Trinidad cuisine. Caribbean herbs.

Top 5 Herbs in Caribbean Cuisine
Herbs in Caribbean cuisine. Green onions, marjoram, basil, culantro, and thyme are essential caribbean herbs. Learn to cook with herbs. Caribbean cooking with herbs.

What is ginger and how is it used in Caribbean cuisine? Ginger root versus dried ginger.

What is Achiote or Annatto?
This Caribbean ingredient has many uses beyond culinary. So, what exactly is Achiote? Native to the new world, it was used medicinally, as a culinary spice, and a natural dye. Other names it goes by: Annatto, Roucou, Oucou, Bija, Bixa orellana or Lipstick Tree.

Garam Masala Seasoning
Recipe for Garam Masala - an East Indian spice used in Caribbean cooking. It can be used in place of curry seasoning and has a milder flavor.

Caribbean Curries Conundrum
Everything you need to know about Caribbean curry, colombo, and garam masala recipes.

Caribbean Curry Powder
Recipe for making your own Caribbean curry powder seasoning from whole dried spices.

Cuban Mojo Marinade
Mojo is an acidic tart marinade for meat, poultry and fish. it is made with sour orange and citric juices. This recipe makes one cup.

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