These amazing Jamaican Vegan Recipes are a must try. Enjoy my incredibly delicious meatless recipes that will be enjoyed by all, whether you are a meat eater or plant-based.
I have a lot of Jamaican food recipes spread out all over my website, and I thought I would collect a
few of them in one location for those who are interested in trying something new, or wanted to
try their hand at cooking old favorites.
Jamaica was originally called Xaymaca, which is known as a land of wood and water, our nutrient-rich soil grows some of the best produce, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables.
So being on a plant-based or vegan diet in Jamaica is not difficult, after all, the Rastafarians there are mostly vegan, some ate fish. Most notable Rastafarian was Bob Marley.
Although I now live in Florida and have more options, I try to make the recipes as simple as possible, with the mindset that they can be prepared wherever you are in the world, while still being authentic. There might be one or two ingredients that aren’t as common to find back home in rural Jamaica but for the most part, they can be found in health food stores in Montego Bay, Spanish Town, and Kingston. For everyone all over the world, most items can be found at Indian, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and most other international markets.
They are organized in groups, with breakfast, soup, side, main, and dessert dishes included. They are not only vegan but they are also gluten-free.
Of course, we start with a classic, Vegan Ackee. Normally in Jamaica, this is eaten for breakfast,
along with dumplings and callaloo (also included below), but can be eaten for any meal.
This delicious Jamaican Banana Fritters recipe is so easy to prepare and kid-friendly. Banana fritters have been special to me from my childhood days and they taste just as delicious as my mom made them!
These Banana Fritters are similar to pancakes, but without the need to dress them up, thanks to
the bananas. They’re sweet and delicious all by themselves, so they’re a great breakfast item
for your kids on busy mornings.
This porridge like are eaten very often in Jamaica, as popular as oatmeal is here in the USA. There
are various types, but one of the most popular is made with cornmeal.
I dressed it up and added fruits and coconut, and just like with oatmeal you can dress this Cornmeal Porridge up as
you please or leave it plain. Check out my Instant Pot Cornmeal Porridge.
This amazing Vegan Spinach Soup is such a hearty and comforting soup. A Jamaican-style recipe, spinach cooked in seasoned coconut milk with thyme, scallion, and pepper.
This Spinach Soup is a version of pepperpot soup, which is a dish originating in West Africa that
is popular in the Caribbean.
In Jamaica, meat and callaloo are usually used, but I used spinach,
left out the meat, and added lots of herbs and seasonings to make it flavorful and delicious.
Gungo or Pigeon Pea Soup is delightfully hearty, with all the necessary nutrients to fill you up in
the beans, vegetables, and gluten-free dumplings.
This flavorful Vegan Pumpkin Soup is an amazing Jamaican-style version, it has pumpkin, carrots, yellow yam, potato, Chocho (chayote), dumplings cooked it a creamy, velvety and spicy coconut broth is perfect for Fall.
Pumpkin Soup is probably one of the most comforting soups I’ve had and is filled with hearty
vegetables. If you like your soup smooth and creamy, I also have a recipe for Jamaican Pumpkin Soup Pureed
Jamaican Callaloo is a popular local staple green leafy vegetable, cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper. Perfect healthy side dish for a tropical breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Kale, spinach, or collard greens are not very popular in Jamaica. Our leafy green of choice is
Callaloo, and it is eaten as a side with pretty much all of our traditional dishes.
Another side item that you will always find in any Jamaican meal is Steamed Cabbage, with
shredded carrots added as well. It may sound boring, and I will admit, it is fairly simple, but the seasonings
make it taste spectacular with any main dish you choose.
Learn how to make Jamaican boiled dumplings gluten-free with easy steps. the texture and taste are just like traditionally boiled dumplings using all-purpose gluten-free flour.
Boiled dumplings are typically eaten with ackee or various meat dishes, along with callaloo or
cabbage, and other various boiled root vegetables. They are a great filling addition to any meal.
Jamaican Pigeon Peas And Rice is very tasty and popular Jamaican one pot side, made with pigeon peas also known as Gungo peas in Jamaica and cooked in seasoned coconut milk.
Absolutely no Jamaican meal is whole without rice and peas. There are various methods, and
any Jamaican will have a different version, but they’re all delicious. The two most common
legumes used are kidney or pigeon, it is your preference. Also Try Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas, Instant Pot Rice And Peas.
Pasta salad is not normally something you would associate with Jamaican food, but we do have
our own version called Rasta Pasta, named after the notable Rastafarians who first made this
Ask anyone about Jamaican food, and one of the first things they will mention is curry chicken.
Now with this easy Instant Pot Jackfruit Potato Curry, you can make your own tender chicken-
Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower is inspired by the popular Jamaican Jerk dishes. Cauliflower florets are seasoned and baked, then smothered in homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce that is full of bold and indulgent flavors.
Of course we know cauliflower is all the rage, and of course, I have my own cauliflower recipe!
Various jerk dishes are another classic group of Jamaican dishes. This sauce is so full of flavor
and compliments cauliflower perfectly.
In Jamaica, Rastafarians are known for their plant-based, all-natural diets. One of their most
popular dishes is known as Ital Stew. It is amazingly flavorful and tastes like it took hours to
This dish traditionally involves mackerel cooked down in a spiced coconut sauce also called ‘Oil Down’ in other Caribbean Islands. This Eggplant Rundown might seem like a random replacement, but the texture mimics mackerel very well.
Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas is a popular, tasty and hearty Jamaican stew dish. kidney beans also called red peas in Jamaica cooked with a flavorful coconut, aromatic spices, thyme, onion, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
An extremely popular dinner item is definitely Jamaican Stewed Peas. Kidney beans are cooked
down in coconut milk and spices, with dumplings added, resulting in the perfect comfort dish
for these cool winter months.
Curried Tripe and Beans is made using chewy bean curd (tofu) skin, mostly popular in Asian
cuisine, to replicate actual tripe traditionally used in Jamaica. With added butter beans, curried
with delicious coconut milk and spices, it creates a dish with an amazing flavor and texture
These Hummingbird Muffins are technically a breakfast item, but since it is a variation of
Hummingbird Cake, which originated in Jamaica, and is so deliciously sweet from the added
fruits, it can be considered a dessert item as well.
Cookies, cakes, pies, and most other American desserts are not traditionally very popular in Jamaica. The
most memorable sweet item that was not a snack from a corner shop is probably Sweet Potato
Pudding. It isn’t what Americans would consider pudding, but would be more familiar to those
familiar with British puddings.
Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping. Cornmeal pudding is a staple dessert in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping.
A delicious and rich version of Jamaican Fruit Cake that is especially popular around Christmas. it is vegan, gluten-free, and alcohol-free with an amazing taste and moist texture!
Jamaican Fruit Cake, also known as Christmas Cake or black cake in other parts of the Caribbean, is a holiday must-have if you couldn’t tell from the name. It is also known as Wedding Cake, and of course, is often found at weddings.
Basically, it is the classic choice for any special event.
These flavorful Jamaican Lentil Patties is a gluten-free and vegan version of the very popular Jamaican beef patty. Savory lentils cooked with aromatic herbs and spices in a buttery pastry.
No roundup isn’t complete without mentioning Jamaican Patties. Jamaican Patties would be considered the Jamaican fast food. In this version, I used lentils instead of ground meat and placed in a gluten-free and vegan crust.