Jamaican breakfasts are often large and typically consist of a main course and a root vegetable of some sort. There are some traditional Jamaican breakfasts you’ll want to know about – and if you haven’t tried them yet, you’ll want to try them. Why not start your day off in the most delicious way possible?
Ackee and Saltfish with Fried Dumplings
Ackee is Jamaica’s national fruit, so it’s only natural that it wind up being used in the most popular breakfast in Jamaica. In fact, Ackee and Saltfish with fried dumplings is what most people mean when they talk about a “Jamaican Breakfast.”
This dish is made with dried salt cod, tomato, onion, scotch bonnet peppers, scallions, ackee, garlic, and thyme. The various ingredients are sauteed together to make for a savory and satisfying breakfast. Fried dumplings as well as Jamaican hot chocolate tea accompany it to make it a favorite.
Cabbage and Saltfish
Another dish using saltfish is steamed cabbage with saltfish. This dish is made with salt cod steamed with shredded cabbage, scallions, and onions. Most eat this with fried dumplings, bananas, and yam slices. A quick sauce is whipped up and served with it.
Johnnycakes and Pickled Mackerel
Johnnycake is bread made with milk, butter, sugar, cornmeal, and flour. Some substitute the sugar with honey for a healthier alternative. Once the dough is mixed together, pieces are broken off to form slightly flattened biscuits and then these are fried. This is often served with mackerel that has been sauteed with a variety of vegetables.
Salted Cod Fritters
This breakfast item is more of a snack item, but it’s often served for those on the go or those wanting a side to a main meal, like porridge. They are made with salt cod, scallions, and onions dipped into a flour batter and then fried. They’re served with a sauce made with a cilantro-like herb called culantro. Another name for these fritters is “Stamp and Go.”
Cornmeal porridge is a combination of corn flour, milk, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. It’s a popular breakfast for children and those needing extra nourishment to fight illness. It’s also a quick meal, making it a good choice for busy mornings.
Stews aren’t just for lunches and dinners. Curried chicken is a popular breakfast dish at some of the cafes in Kingston. For breakfast, it is made with ginger and curry-infused coconut milk, chayote squash, carrots, potato, and scotch bonnet peppers. Then, it’s served over white rice to round the meal out.