Jamaican Vegan Recipes

Jamaican Vegan Recipes

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 products,  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. The 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 in 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.


Vegan Ackee (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Ackee (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.

Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

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.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl

This porridge-like is 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.


Vegan Spinach Soup

vegan spinach soup with chopped spinach leaves overhead in a beige bowl, overhead on a grey background

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.

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Jamaican gungo peas soup overlay in a white bowl on a grey background

This easy Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup is so delicious and hearty, perfect for the colder months. Full of flavor with gungo peas, yam, carrot, and dumplings.

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.

Vegan Pumpkin Soup, Jamaican Style

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

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

Jamaican Callaloo in a pot

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.

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage is a popular side dish in Jamaica. It is easy to prepare and very flavorful. Shredded cabbage and carrots are cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper, and thyme.

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.

Jamaican Boiled Dumplings

Jamaican Boiled Dumplings

 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 Rice And Pigeon Peas

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas

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.

Vegan Rasta Pasta Salad

vegan rasta pasta salad on a white plate with a skillet in the background

Pasta salad is not normally something you would associate with Jamaican food, but we do have
our own version called Rasta Pasta.

Rasta Pasta is named after the notable Rastafarians who first made this
dish popular.


Instant Pot Vegan Jackfruit with Potato Curry

Instant Pot Vegan Curry Jackfruit And Potato

This Instant Pot Vegan Jackfruit with Potato Curry recipe is so amazing and flavorful, made with simple ingredients it will be a favorite of yours as it is of mine.

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-
like dish.

Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower

Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower

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.

Ital Stew Recipe

Ital Stew Recipe

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

Jamaican Vegan Rundown Recipe

Vegan Jamaican Rundown

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

Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas in a beige bowl with dumplings, kidney beans on a grey background with a grey napkin.

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.

It results in the perfect comfort dish
for these cool winter months.

Vegan Jamaican Curried Tripe and Beans

Vegan Jamaican Curried Tripe And Beans

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


Hummingbird Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Hummingbird Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These Hummingbird Muffins are technically a breakfast item, but since it is a variation of
Hummingbird Cake, which originated in Jamaica.

It is so deliciously sweet from the added
fruits, it can be considered a dessert item as well.

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

This Jamaican sweet potato pudding recipe is a vegan spin on this popular dessert enjoyed in Jamaica and the Caribbean throughout the year. It is very moist, rich, and indulgent!

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

It isn’t what Americans would consider pudding, but would be more familiar to those
familiar with British puddings.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

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.

Jamaican Fruit Cake

Jamaican Fruit Cake Vegan, Gluten-Free

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.

Honorable Mention

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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 Jamaican fast food.

In this version, I used lentils instead of ground meat and placed them in a gluten-free and vegan crust.

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Dev Marie

Hi there, I’m Dev, a Jersey girl now residing in Florida, and a first generation Jamaican immigrant. As a passionate foodie adventurist, I love to create comfort dishes using exotic ingredients from all over the world.

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  1. Tonya
    September 22, 2020

    Cannot wait to start cooking

  2. Raya
    August 29, 2020

    I can not wait to dive in on these recipes. Thank you so much

  3. Annmarie Plummer-Bailey
    July 19, 2020

    Well done. Like you said it is not difficult to go vegan with Jamaican foods. I plan to try quite a few of these recipes. Thank you.

  4. Chelsea Banks
    May 28, 2020

    Hi Michelle,
    All these recipes look delicious. I can’t wait to try and make them all. I’m live in Harrisburg, PA and I’m Jamaican I love my food. I have been vegan 🌱 for 9 months now and I want to learn how to make different dishes to have a better variety of things to choose from. I would like to purchase your book, how do I do so?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 29, 2020

      Congrats Chelsea on your journey. They are many Jamaican recipes on my website and in my cookbooks. You can purchase them by clicking on my Logo, ‘Healthier Steps’then clicking on the Store. You will receive autographed copies in the mail. You can also purchase from Amazon by typing in Michelle Blackwood in the search, click on my name and you will see all my books on the author page.

  5. Andrea Jarrett
    April 17, 2020

    These all look great. How do I get the recipes? I will purchase your book. How do I do so?

  6. Barrington Robinson
    February 21, 2020

    Hi Dev Marie
    I have been a vegan in Jamaica for over 25 years. I am always mystified when people claim that they are going to be bored if they switched to a plant-based (Vegan) eating regime. Your excellent collection of dishes proves that there ample options for anyone in Jamaica who wishes to eat whole food plant-based

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      February 27, 2020

      Barrington, I’m so happy you found our website. Congrats for your long journey eating plant-based vegan. I always think the same, there are so many options to choose from in Jamaica, plus the soil is so rich and the simply cooked dishes has 10 times more flavor than what I’m getting here in Florida.

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    February 11, 2020


  8. Ari
    January 21, 2020

    I’m so glad I found this! I’ve been wanting to give Jamaican food a try for a minute, and this is such an informative breakdown.

  9. Gary Haselhuhn
    December 8, 2019

    Hi there, I enjoy reading through your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you.|

  10. Dotlin Christie
    October 29, 2019

    Thanks for this .. I would like to do some of these recipes. .. but work hours kill me. .. I want to be able to save some of these recipes is there a book I can get
    Thanks in advance

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 29, 2019

      Dotlin, I know it’s not easy to work long hours and then cook, the good thing is for the most part, I don’t like to be in the kitchen for long, I’m an in and out kind of cook, I move very fast, that is the reason I rarely do cakes or recipes that have too many steps, so my recipes are very easy to prepare but taste is amazing, I have figured out spice and herb combinations that bring out the best flavor in dishes so that’s my strength. I have a cookbook that can be purchased directly from me if you need an autographed copy or from Amazon. You can also get the ebook too in both places. https://healthiersteps.com/cookbook/

  11. Fatima Boyd
    August 12, 2019

    Wow thank you! We are going to Jamaica in a few weeks and this time as plant based eaters. This is super helpful to share with the cooks.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 12, 2019

      Fatima that’s awesome, I hope you have a great time, you have chosen one of the best destinations for fresh vegan meals. I had a lot of vegan options at Iberostar (Best) and Grand Palladium (Great), talk to the head chef on arrival and he/she will usually prepare separate meals daily plus you will tons of vegan sides on the buffet. Enjoy!

  12. Kay
    August 10, 2019

    You should open a restaurant, idk where I find this website, but it’s amazing looking through these recipes

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 10, 2019

      Thank you Kay, I’m happy you found my site, you are so sweet. one day in the near future I will open a restaurant. For now, being a food blogger and doing catering is perfect with my current lifestyle and location.

  13. Amy
    August 9, 2019

    Love it!

  14. Joan Williams
    July 7, 2019

    Looking real good I must try them…they are causing my mouth to watered.

  15. Angela Denis
    January 29, 2019

    Girl, you have out done your self! These recipes, rock!
    God bless you!

    Angela Denis

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 29, 2019

      Thank you Angela, I appreciate your kind words. God bless you too.

      • Lindell Coates
        November 21, 2019

        I am a diabetic and I also have gout, My doctor’s a worry about me and I am to I need some that of way to put flavor into my vegetable so that I am be able to enjoy them looking that you recipes some them will work well for me. I am trying several different cultural of food vegan because of the gout no meat is aloud no beans as well. Thank you

        • Michelle Blackwood, RN
          November 21, 2019

          Lindell, thank you for visiting my website, I’m so happy you are here, it is so nice to meet you. Take each day at a time, the longer you eat this new way is the easier it gets, your taste buds will adjust and your cravings will diminish and I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.