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Jamaican Jerk Marinade

I find extreme satisfaction from really bold flavors. Not only do they excite my taste buds but they wake up my senses. This punchy Jamaican Jerk Marinade will leave your tongue dissecting the layers of flavors. It’s spicy, slightly sweet, and over the top with aromatics.

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The ingredient list is rather lengthy but each element contributes to this classic Jamaican flavor profile. I call this a marinade but it also makes a wonderful dressing.

Overhead view of Jamaican jerk marinade spices and aromatics.

Jamaican Jerk Marinade

The ingredient list is rather lengthy but each element is necessary to build this classic Jamaican flavor profile.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar optional
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest or 1 Tbl orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 small sweet onion diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno or serrano pepper seeds removed fine diced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 generous handful fresh cilantro leaves and stems


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or zipper top bag. Use as marinade or dressing. Can store in refrigerator for up to one week.

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