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The Best Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe

Jerk seasoning in a clear spice jar spilled on white marble. Also shows the seasoning in a mortal and pestal.

This Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipes is THE BEST Jamaican Jerk Seasoning you can make at home. Seriously. A little heat, a little sweet and fragrant herbs combine for unparalleled flavor.


Why is this dry Caribbean jerk seasoning recipe better than store bought Jamaican jerk seasoning? You can adjust it to your personal taste. There are 14 different spices, creating many opportunities to adjust to your liking. I tend to add more powered spice to kick up the heat, but others may want it a bit more sweet or herbaceous.

What Is Jerk Seasoning Made Of?

There are 14 different spices in this bad boy. Don’t worry, the majority are common spices you more than likely have in your spice cabinet: onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, dried parsley, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, allspice, black pepper, dried thyme, red pepper flakes, cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon.


How to Make Jerk Seasoning?

Two steps: measure it all out and stir it all up. Boom.


What Can I Use Jamaican Jerk Seasoning On?

This homemade seasoning is so versatile it can be used on a ton of things. It’s traditionally used in jerk chicken recipes but it also pairs well with any protein. Make a quick jerk chicken marinade by combining a little olive oil and jerk seasoning to taste.

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings
  • Shrimp Recipes
  • Chicken Recipes
  • Pork Recipes
  • Vegetables (toss with olive oil and seasoning & bake to your liking)
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What Is A Good Substitution for Jerk Seasoning?

This spice blend is so complex and unique it can’t be easily substituted. Plan ahead by making this homemade version or grab a store bought brand.

This homemade spice blend can be stored for up to 2 years in an airtight container.

In need of new spice jars? We grabbed this Glass Spice Jar Set a few months back. Each jar is a little over a buck. 

Jerk seasoning in a clear spice jar spilled on white marble. Also shows the seasoning in a mortal and pestal.
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Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning may seem exotic, but it's comprised of common spices you probably have in your kitchen cabinet. Tweak it to your personal taste - this homemade Jamaican Jerk seasoning is perfect for chicken, pork or beef.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Homemade Spices
Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican
Keyword: Homemade Spices
Servings: 24 tsp
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp All Spice
  • 1 tsp Fresh Cracked Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley


  • Mix together all the spices in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to an airtight container.


  1. Omit salt for a salt-free version.
  2. Sugar substitute: replace brown sugar with coconut sugar for a keto/low carb friendly option.


Serving: 1tsp | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Hi, I'm Darcey!

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