Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning

January 9, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning--- It's herby, spicy, and incredibly versatile, perfect for marinating meats, seasoning stews + soups, or adding a punch to vegetarian dishes. This Caribbean inspired blend does it all in the tastiest way possible!

Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning

Get ready to infuse your dishes with authentic Jamaican flavor using this Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning recipe. It's brimming with fresh green herbs, pimento seeds, and a spicy punch from the scotch bonnet pepper alongside the zesty kick of garlic + ginger. It's the secret Caribbean sauce for that delicious island taste that can be used in SO MANY ways. Completely Dairy-free, Vegan + Gluten-free. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly + less spicy option.

Green seasoning in a mason jar being held with a spoon.

Why This Jamaican Green Seasoning Is A Must Have In Your Kitchen!

Y'all know how much I adore weaving my Jamaican roots into recipes, right? Well, I couldn't keep this one to myself—I had to share it with you! I've been diving into more Jamaican recipes as we step into the new year—like my Creamy Jamaican Rasta Pasta, Plant-based Jamaican Oxtail, and the beloved Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken.

But, let's face it, those recipes are a labor of love--- That's why I'm excited to share this gem with you! It's a fantastic way to inject those spicy, herby Caribbean vibes into your meals without the hustle. Plus, it's fridge + freezer-friendly, so you can keep it handy to jazz up soups, dressings, marinades + beyond!

If you're new to Jamaican cuisine or you're just curious about other traditional dishes that I grew up eating, then you'll definitely love this Jamaican Pineapple Jerk ChickenAuthentic Jamaican Brown Stew ChickenJamaican Spicy 'Pepper' ShrimpJamaican Cornmeal PorridgeBaked Jamaican Jerk Chicken WingsNourishing Jamaican Chicken Soup, and Spicy Jamaican Beef Patties.

And for those craving incredible Jamaican-inspired twists in recipes, then these Jerk Salmon TacosVegan Jamaican Beef PattiesBest Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza, and Weeknight Jamaican Curry Chicken + Gnocchi recipes are truly one to give a try!

And as a bonus---- definitely check out this list of Jamaican Herbs That You Should Always Keep On Hand + their Remedies if you love learning about natural herbs + spices.

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What is Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning?

Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning, also known as 'Caribbean green seasoning', is a a staple in Jamaican + Caribbean kitchens. It's a vibrant fusion of fresh aromatic herbs, boasting a distinctive herby flavor profile. Whether it's meats, fish, stews, sauces, or even veggie favorites like tofu + jackfruit, this seasoning takes taste to a whole new level!

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How To Make Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning

With just a handful of fresh ingredients and a quick blend in a good high-powered blender, you can create a rich spicy seasoning blend that works wonders in marinating meats like chicken, fish, + pork, adding flavor to stews, soups, and even rice dishes and much more!



  • Organic cilantro. Adds a zesty, citrus-like freshness to the mix.
  • Organic parsley. Brings a vibrant, herby kick to the blend.
  • Celery stalks. A subtle, savory note. Opt for organic if possible!
  • Scallions. (aka Green onions)
  • Garlic cloves. A strong and pungent flavor that adds depth! You can use less than the recipe calls for for a lighter flavor.
  • Whole pimento seeds. A Jamaican staple ---Brings warm, peppery notes to the mix.
  • Onion. (You can use red or yellow onion)
  • Fresh thyme sprigs. Adds an earthiness to the blend.
  • Scotch bonnet pepper. Our spicy delicious powerhouse!
  • Red bell pepper. Offers mild sweetness that ties everything together!
  • Ginger root. Be sure to peel it first!
  • Limes. Freshly-squeezed
  • Filtered water. This stops it from being to thick + blendable.


Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Jamaican Green Seasoning. Everything from whisks, blenders, knives, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Chopped veggies on a cutting board.

5 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning

  • Completely versatile + easily adaptable whether it's meat, fish, stews, or plant-based options, this seasoning adds SO MUCH depth + character.
  • Make ahead + freezer friendly!
  • Super easy to whip up.
  • It's an instant upgrade to any meal, infusing a burst of fresh, aromatic goodness.
  • Vibrant flavor---- It's a burst of fresh herbs + spices that are so healthy for you!

What is Caribbean Green Seasoning Used for?

Caribbean Green Seasoning is a versatile gem in the kitchen! It's used to elevate a wide range of dishes, including:

Marinades--- Perfect for marinating meats, fish, or plant-based options like tofu + tempeh, infusing them with a burst of vibrant flavors.

Seasoning--- Adds depth to stews, sauces, and soups, enhancing their taste profiles. I love to add some atop on this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup + Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup for a spicy herby kick!

Grilling--- Ideal for grilling or roasting to impart that authentic Caribbean taste to your grilled meats or veggies.

Stir-Fries--- Elevates stir-fries, giving them an aromatic and zesty kick.

Dips + Dressings: It can be mixed into dips or dressings, offering a unique twist to your condiments. Instead of homemade pesto in this Whipped Feta Pesto Dip recipe try green seasoning instead. Ahhh-mazing!

Green seasoning in a mason jar with vegetables surrounding on a black wood table.

How to Use Caribbean Green Seasoning 

The beauty of using this seasoning lies in its adaptability. The amount you use depends on the food quantity. As a rule of thumb, you can add one to two tablespoons per pound of meat. The best thing about Caribbean green seasoning? It's incredibly versatile!

Can this Jamaican Seasoning Be Used For Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes?

For sure! This seasoning is a total game-changer in vegetarian and vegan cooking. It amps up the flavors of tofu, tempeh, jackfruit, and even roasted veggies, giving them that irresistible Caribbean kick. It's like a flavor party that veggie dishes totally enjoy! Whether you're marinading, seasoning, or adding depth to soups and stews, this seasoning's got your plant-based back!

Is This Seasoning Really Spicy Due To The Scotch Bonnet Pepper?

The heat level of this sauce can be adjusted based on personal preference-- Removing the seeds and veins of the scotch bonnets can reduce the spice level while still maintaining the flavor. Feel free to modify the amount to suit your spice tolerance.

Green seasoning in a mason jar with a spoon.

Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning Q + A's

How Long Does This Jamaican Seasoning Last?

This seasoning can last for up to two weeks in the refrigerator as long as it's stored in an airtight container.

Can I Make This Ahead Of Time?

Yup! In fact, this sauce can benefit from some time in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld together. You can make it a few days ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it. Just give it a good stir before using.

Can I freeze this seasoning?

Yes definitely! I love making big batches and freezing them in ice cube trays, after they are frozen, remove the cubes from the trays and store them in freezer bags.

Can I Make it less spicy?

Yes, don't worry y'all--- If you want a little less heat you can control the flavor by adjusting the amount of scotch bonnet pepper or removing the seeds for a milder flavor!

Is there a substitute for scotch bonnet pepper if I can't find it?

Habanero peppers are a suitable substitute for scotch bonnets if unavailable, but adjust the quantity based on heat preference.

More Tasty Homemade Sauces + Dressings

Now that you love this Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning, give these delicious dairy-free sauce recipes that your entire family will love a try next:


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Green seasoning in a mason jar with a spoon.

Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning

January 9, 2024
5 from 1 vote
Get ready to infuse your dishes with authentic Jamaican flavor using this Traditional Jamaican Green Seasoning recipe. It's brimming with fresh green herbs, pimento seeds, and a spicy punch from the scotch bonnet pepper alongside the zesty kick of garlic + ginger.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 cups



  • 1 bunch organic cilantro
  • ½ bunch organic parsley
  • 2 celery stalks, organic
  • 4 scallions (aka Green onions)
  • 10 garlic cloves (You can use as little as 6 cloves, if desired)
  • 8 whole pimento seeds
  • 1 onion (You can use red or yellow onion)
  • handful of fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 inch ginger root, peeled
  • 1-2 freshly-squeezed limes
  • ¾ cup filtered water



  • For an easier blend, you can roughly chop all veggies (especially the larger ones) if desired.


  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. NOTE: Add a bit more water if needed for a smoother consistency.
  • Add the green seasoning to your favorite mason jar or tightly sealed container and refrigerate for about a week for optimal freshness. 
  • To use in recipes, you'll need about 2-3 Tbsps of green seasoning which works perfectly on meats, seafood, soups, etc.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

FREEZE FOR LONGER: You can prepare in large batches and freeze them in ice cube trays, after they are frozen, remove the cubes from the trays and store in freezer bags.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg


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