Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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This amazing Jamaican jerk seasoning is tasty, economical and easy to prepare, with authentic Jamaican flavors, including allspice, thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This spice rub is great for roasting vegetables, tofu, or chickpeas.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

As a Jamaican, I grew up with Jerk seasoning being added to meat, and the meat being slowly roasted on open pits. Being a plant-based eater, I get to experiment with jerk seasoning on different plant-based ingredients. 

Recipes like my Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower, Jerk Tofu, and Jamaican Jerk Butternut Fries are a hit. Therefore, I’m sharing with you my jerk seasoning recipe.

Jerk seasoning pouring out on cutting board

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

The heat is in high gear here in Florida, hot days with afternoon showers are the norm. Lots of summer fruits and vegetables are here to enjoy, and it’s time for roasting vegetables outdoors. 

As we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July, this homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is the perfect seasoning blend to kick your recipes up a notch.  Make your own customizable jerk seasoning using spices that are in your pantry.

What Is Jerk Seasoning?

Jerk seasoning is the dry rub made of a special blend of spices, used for preparing a unique style of cooking originating from Jamaica called Jamaican Jerk. 

Everyone has their own seasoning blend but the basic ingredients are thyme, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I added some extra seasoning for flavor and salt. I have used less heat than the traditional version. 

Jerk seasoning ingredients on a white plate with a tablespoon

Ingredients in Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Thyme
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Allspice
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne

How To Make Jerk Seasoning?

To make dry jerk seasoning, mix spice ingredients in a jar until fully combined, and store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. 

How To Use Dry Jerk Seasoning?

  1. Toss vegetables with oil, followed by jerk seasoning. Roast or stir fry your veggies until tender. 
  2. Add jerk seasoning to your favorite pasta recipe to make it pop, like my Vegan Rasta Pasta Recipe.
  3. Add jerk seasoning to your favorite curry recipes to give it a boost in flavor.
  4. Toss homemade popcorn with oil, followed by jerk seasoning. 
  5. Add jerk seasoning to hummus and dips. 
  6. Add it to your favorite burger, tofu, and chickpea recipes.

How To Store Your Jerk Seasoning Blend?

Store in an airtight container for about 1 year. 

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 20 kcal / 84 kJ
  • Carbs: 5 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For:
  • 7 Servings



  1. To make dry jerk seasoning, mix spice ingredients in a jar until fully combined.
  2. Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Jannett
    November 10, 2020

    I like your golden milk turmeric tea and Jamaican season rice

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 11, 2020

      Jannett, thank you so much for trying these recipes. I’m so happy you like them. I appreciate your feedback.