Food·Posted on Oct 7, 202021 Delicious Jamaican Dishes That Are Absolutely Worth TryingAnyone else dreaming of living the island life?by Tafi MukunyadziBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Mollie Shafer / Via BuzzFeed Even though you might not be able to travel to sunny Jamaica right about now, you can still enjoy some of the island's delicious and flavorful cuisine in your own home any time you want. Time to get cooking! 🏝 1. Jamaican Jerk Chicken grandbaby-cakes.com / Via grandbaby-cakes.com All of the intense flavor of this popular dish is in the spicy and vibrant sauce that includes tamarind, ginger root, and Jamaican allspice. Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Chicken 2. Ackee and Saltfish with Bammy Tasty.co / Via tasty.co Karamo Brown and his son Jason whipped up Jamaica's national dish in the Tasty kitchen — along with some bammy, a traditional flatbread made from cassava, on the side.Recipe: Ackee and Saltfish with Bammy 3. Jerk Shrimp Tacos grandbaby-cakes.com / Via grandbaby-cakes.com Speaking of jerk, the marinade is versatile so feel free to use it everything from veggies to pork to seafood. Here's a great way to use it with shrimp.Recipe: Jerk Shrimp Tacos 4. Callaloo africanbites.com / Via africanbites.com Leafy vegetables are the star of this quick dish found throughout the Caribbean. The Jamaican version features callaloo, a member of the amaranth plant family, and can be served with saltfish.Recipe: Callaloo 5. Jamaican Sorrel Punch thekitchn.com / Via thekitchn.com Dried hibiscus gives this tart drink such a beautiful magenta color that you'll want to sip on it year-round, even though it's traditionally served during the Christmas holidays in Jamaica. The best part? It can be made with or without rum!Recipe: Jamaican Sorrel Punch 6. Beef Patty Laura Murray / Via bonappetit.com This delicious savory pastry is flaky and makes a great snack. Don't forget to break out your favorite hot sauce for dipping! Recipe: Beef Patty 7. Banana Fritters grandbaby-cakes.com / Via grandbaby-cakes.com A sweet treat is always a good idea, so try your hand at homemade fritters like these — which are popular in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.Recipe: Banana Fritters 8. Oxtail Stew saveur.com / Via saveur.com A plate of tender oxtail stew with a side of rice and peas is guaranteed to fill you up — and the perfect dish as we head into the colder months.Recipe: Oxtail Stew 9. Escovitch Fish jehancancook.com / Via jehancancook.com Snapper is the fish of choice in this recipe, and the whole fish is traditionally fried. Try this ASAP if you're looking for a dish that is crispy, spicy, and tangy.Recipe: Escovitch Fish 10. Jamaican Rice and Peas joleisa.com Fun fact: The 'peas' in rice and peas are actually red kidney beans. The rice is typically served with oxtail, chicken, or some other protein.Recipe: Jamaican Rice and Peas 11. Curried Goat africanbites.com / Via africanbites.com This slow-cooked stew is a popular Jamaican dish that doesn't skimp on the flavor or the spice. Serve with a side of rice or bread to sop up all that glorious sauce.Recipe: Curried Goat 12. Brown Stew Chicken originalflava.com / Via originalflava.com Brown Stew Chicken is a hearty meal that get's all of it's great flavor from a thick gravy.Recipe: Brown Stew Chicken 13. Gizzada jehancancook.com / Via jehancancook.com This sweet coconut tart is also found in Portugal, where its called guizada. If you have a sweet tooth, this is perfect for you!Recipe: Gizzada 14. Jamaican Grater Cake dishitwithtisha.com / Via dishitwithtisha.com More coconut!! Despite the name, this vibrantly-colored dish is closer to candy than it is cake but it's still tasty.Recipe: Jamaican Grater Cake 15. Solomon Gundy Kari Alana / Via chefandsteward.com Solomon Gundy is a Jamaican pickled fish pâté that works great as an appetizer for gatherings or as a snack. This paleo-friendly recipe pairs it with plaintain tostones.Recipe: Solomon Gundy 16. Mannish Water (Goat Soup) originalflava.com / Via originalflava.com This traditional soup is usually made with offal, but can be made with other parts of the goat — or any other protein you'd like to swap in. Recipe: Mannish Water (Goat Soup) 17. Jamaican Festivals sweetandsorrel.com / Via sweetandsorrel.com Many countries around the world have a version of delicious fried dough, and Jamaica is no exception. The island's dumpling is fluffy on the inside with a crispy exterior, and can be served with sweet and savory dishes.Recipe: Jamaican Festivals 18. Pepper Pot Soup saveur.com / Via saveur.com In this recipe, callaloo is combined with potatoes and chiles to make a silky vegetarian soup.Recipe: Pepper Pot Soup 19. Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding roxychowdown.com / Via roxychowdown.com This white sweet potato pudding has the warm flavors of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, making it a delicious end to a meal — and a great addition to any holiday menu.Recipe: Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding 20. Jamaican Steamed Cabbage jamiesondiaries.com / Via jamiesondiaries.com Jamaican steamed cabbage is a great vegan side dish that can be spiced up with scotch bonnet peppers and served alongside just about anything.Recipe: Jamaican Steamed Cabbage 21. Jamaican Hot Chocolate thatgirlcookshealthy.com / Via thatgirlcookshealthy.com Also known as chocolate tea, this drink is a Jamaican staple served at breakfast time. Bottoms up!Recipe: Jamaican Hot Chocolate What's your favorite Jamaican recipe? Share in the comments!