How To Make Jerk Seasoning

By Rena Awada | Updated On January 10, 2023

Jamaican jerk seasoning is a great addition to chicken, seafood, meats, and pasta recipes! Made from your kitchen for a healthier, and long-term cheaper version than store-bought. Made in less than 10 minutes with 13 ingredients.

one jar filled with jerk seasoning

Who doesn’t love flavorful proteins and veggies? This homemade jerk seasoning recipe elevates any dish and brings it to a whole new level stacked with flavor.

A little sweet with a bit of heat, this savory spice blend is the perfect addition to your next dinner recipe. Flavors of onion, garlic, cayenne, paprika, and more are combined to create a healthier version of your favorite seasoning.

Ingredients you will need

Made with a combination of fresh spices and herbs, learning how to make jerk seasoning has never been easier!

onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, ginger, allspice, coconut sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes, cinnamon, parsley, and thyme in bowls
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne
  • Ginger
  • Allspice
  • Coconut sugar
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Cinnamon
  • Parsley
  • Thyme

How To Make Jerk Seasoning Less Spicy

If you’re not a fan of the heat or kids are going to be eating this jerk spice blend, then you can make it less spicy. Just remove the cayenne and hot pepper flakes for a milder flavor.

How To Use Jerk Seasoning

Use this jerk spice blend as a dry rub for specific proteins and veggies to make them as flavorful as ever.

How To Make Your Own Jerk Seasoning

First, measure all of the spices and herbs with measuring spoons. Next, prepare your workstation.

Add all of the spices and herbs to a shallow bowl or plate. Next, with a spoon or whisk, mix the jerk spice blend until well combined.

Transfer the seasoning to a closed jar or container and store it away from direct sunlight until ready to use.

Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use jerk seasoning on chicken?

Yes, jerk seasoning is delicious on chicken and all types of fresh protein. You can use the spice mix as a dry rub.

Is jerk seasoning very hot?

Since this recipe has cayenne and red pepper flakes, this jerk seasoning is considered hot. You can omit the spicy ingredients if you would like less heat.

What goes well with jerk chicken?

Plantains, rice, potatoes, salsa, salad, veggies, etc.

side view of jar filled with jamaican spice mix

Notes and Substitutions

  • Onion powder – don’t omit it if possible
  • Garlic powder – don’t omit it if possible
  • Cayenne – add more or less depending on how spicy you like it
  • Ginger – a warming spice, that can’t be omitted for fresh
  • Allspice – known as Jamaica pepper, can be substituted with cloves if you don’t have it at home
  • Coconut sugar – add any sugar you like
  • Smoked paprika – can be substituted for regular paprika
  • Salt – add more, less, or omit
  • Pepper – add more, less, or omit
  • Hot pepper flakes – add more for more spice, or less for less
  • Cinnamon – don’t omit it for the best flavor
  • Parsley – don’t omit for the best flavor
  • Thyme – don’t omit for the best flavor
one jar with jerk seasoning blend

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top view of jerk seasoning in a jar with spoon in it

How To Make Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican jerk seasoning is a great addition to chicken, seafood, meats, and pasta recipes! Made from your kitchen for a healthier, and long-term cheaper version than store-bought. Made in less than 10 minutes with 13 ingredients.
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: Jamaican
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 1 minute
Measuring & Gathering Ingredients: 6 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 6 Tablespoons
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • measuring spoons
  • 1 shallow bowl
  • 1 whisk or spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ Tablespoon cayenne
  • ½ Tablespoon ginger
  • ½ Tablespoon allspice
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a shallow bowl or a plate.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Transfer to a closed jar/container and store away from direct sunlight.

Notes

STORAGE & SHELF-LIFE: 
Store in an air-tight jar/container away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Use within 3 months for the best flavor.
Serving size: one tablespoon
NOTES & SUBSTITUTIONS:
For the most complete taste, use all of the ingredients from the recipe.
Onion powder – don’t omit it if possible
Garlic powder – don’t omit it if possible
Cayenne – add more or less depending on how spicy you like it
Ginger – a warming spice, that can’t be omitted for fresh
Allspice – known as Jamaica pepper, can be substituted with cloves if you don’t have it at home
Coconut sugar – add any sugar you like
Smoked paprika – can be substituted for regular paprika
Salt – add more, less, or omit
Pepper – add more, less, or omit
Hot pepper flakes – add more for more spice, or less for less
Cinnamon – don’t omit it for the best flavor
Parsley – don’t omit for the best flavor
Thyme – don’t omit for the best flavor

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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