Easy Jamaican Jerk Sauce

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Jamaican Jerk Sauce is vibrant, fragrant, and full of wonderful aromatics. An easy-to-make marinade using pantry staples, this is a versatile jerk sauce recipe that adds amazing Caribbean flavor to all sorts of dishes.

Suitable for Vegan and Gluten-Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

a spoon with Jamaican Jerk Sauce set on top of a jar filled with the Jerk Marinade

Hey foodie friends, welcome back to my little corner where I loooooove making Caribbean and Jamaican inspired dishes. The flavors are seriously out of this world and this Jamaican Jerk Sauce recipe is an all-time favorite.

It is vibrant, fragrant, and full of aromatic spices that are when blended together pack an amazing flavor punch. It is easy to whip up with a few affordable ingredients and minimal prep and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

Knowing exactly what goes in this Jamaican Jerk Sauce makes it a healthier than store-bought option and great for picky eaters or those with food allergies who may want to try things they may have been previously unsure of.

Related Link : Best Ever Jamaican Rice and Peas.

Everyone is always looking for a delicious marinade to use with their meat and this Jamaican Jerk Chicken Marinade hits the spot. You can even use this marinade in many other dishes to add a nice Caribbean flavor. It’s sooooo versatile and simple to make, you can thank me later folks.

top down view of a jar filled with Jamaican Jerk Sauce next to a gold spoon and allspice berries

What Is Jerk Sauce?

Jerk is a style of cooking that originated in Jamaica where a wet sauce or dry rub is applied to the meat of choice and then cooked. Jerk marinade or sauce tends to be spicy due to the classic use of scotch bonnet (a very spicy pepper option). Authentic versions should also include the use of allspice and thyme, as those ingredients really bring the right Jamaican flavors.

Related Link : Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken.

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Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy – Less than 10 minutes is all it takes to easily whizz up this tasty marinade in your blender.
  • Versatile – Can be used as a sauce, marinade, or a mix-in ingredient in so many different recipes.
  • Affordable – making your own homemade jerk sauce using basic pantry staples is budget-friendly.

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Jamaican Jerk Sauce Recipe Ingredients

Friends, this may look like a long list of ingredients, but most are simple everyday ingredients found in your pantry or refrigerator. This recipe uses:

  • scallions
  • garlic cloves 
  •  ginger 
  • ground pimento (allspice)
  • dried ground nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon
  • scotch bonnet chilis 
  •  tamari soy sauce (or regular soy sauce, if not gluten free)
  • pineapple juice (or orange juice)
  • dark brown sugar
  • olive oil
  • fresh thyme
  • lemon juice
  • salt 

Ready to get down to Caribbean and Jamaican business and make some flavourful and easy to make this awesome sauce?! Gather up your ingredients and I will show you…..

How To Make Jerk Sauce

Making this Jamaican Jerk Marinade is so simple, all you have to do is:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend it to your desired consistency.

Yeap folks, it really is that quick and easy!!!

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Caribbean Jerk Sauce Recipe Tips

  • To make the best Caribbean Jerk Sauce, make sure to blend it to your desired consistency. If you like more of a chunky Sauce, blend your ingredients a little less.
  • Wear gloves when working with scotch bonnet or other hot peppers.
  • Use a sharp knife to deseed your scotch bonnet chilis before using them, or your jerk marinade will be even hotter.
  • Don’t forget to remove the woody stems of your fresh thyme sprigs. You don’t want to blend that up into your marinade.
jar filled with Jamaican jerk sauce sitting next to fresh thyme sprigs and allspice berries

Meal Prep and Prep Ahead

Prep Ahead – This sauce is ideal for meal prep and prepping ahead. Whip up this jerk marinade several days in advance, and store in the fridge or freeze until needed.

Store – You can store this in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Make sure you use an airtight jar or storage container.

Freeze – Did you know you can freeze this sauce?! Simply follow the handy tips below for how to freeze this:

  • Portion the marinade into ice cube trays (using a silicone ice cube tray will make this much easier).
  • Once frozen, pop out the individual ice cubes of seasoning and then add them into a labeled Ziploc freezer bag.
  • Store in your freezer for up to 6 months.

Chef’s Tip ==> You can add the frozen cubes directly into soups, stews, or any recipe you are cooking. But if using them as a marinade, you will need to thaw the cubes first.

Recipe Variations

This is a base recipe for making the jerk marinade, so feel free to adapt with herbs and spices to suit your taste. Here are a few suggestions;

  • Make it chunky – toss in a handful of diced onion, bell pepper, or tomato.
  • Vary the spices – try curry powder, cumin, and smoked paprika.
  • Make it fruity – by adding a half cup of pineapple or mango.

FAQs

How Long To Marinate Chicken in Jerk Sauce?

Most recipes recommend marinating your meat in this homemade sauce somewhere between 24 hours and 48 hours. Any longer than 48 hours and the chicken is no longer considered safe to cook and eat. However, marinated meat can be frozen and stored inside the freezer for 2-3 months.

How Do You Make This Less Spicy?

To make this sauce recipe less spicy, you can reduce the amount of scotch bonnet pepper. Scotch bonnet is one of the hottest chiles you can have, so use them with care. Start with a small amount the first time and then add more as necessary to achieve your desired heat level.

You can also use a milder chili option, like a serrano. And if you don’t want any heat at all, simply omit the chili peppers altogether. Another way to make your sauce less spicy is to add more lemon juice or lime juice or an extra teaspoon or so of the brown sugar.

glass storage jar filled with Jamaican Jerk Sauce

Serving Suggestions

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

Originally published Jan 2020.

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jar filled with Jamaican jerk sauce sitting next to fresh thyme sprigs and allspice berries
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5 from 8 votes

Jamaican Jerk Sauce Recipe

This Caribbean Sauce is a super versatile marinade that is full of flavor!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 10 scallions
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice (pimento)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 2 scotch bonnet chilis deseeded
  • 3 tablespoons Tamari soy sauce or regular soy sauce, if not gluten free
  • 3 tablespoon pineapple juice or orange juice
  • 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme woody stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend to your preferred consistency.
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Notes

Recipe Tips

  • To make the best Caribbean Jerk Sauce, make sure to blend it all to your desired consistency. If you like more of a chunky Sauce, blend your ingredients a little less.
  • Wear gloves when working with scotch bonnet or other hot peppers.
  • Use a sharp knife to deseed your scotch bonnet chilis before using them, or your jerk marinade will be even hotter.
  • Do NOT forget to remove the woody stems of your fresh thyme sprigs. You don’t want to blend that up into your marinade.

Serving Suggestions

Weight Watchers Points

There are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This sauce is in my TOP-3, that’s for sure. Its fragrance is hard to beat and the flavor is just out of this world! Definitely the recipe to keep handy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 5 stars
    One yummy sauce that works great with so many delicious meals. Love the way you make it and can’t wait to give it a try. It may as well replace the recipe I am currently using!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE all of the fresh ingredients that come together to make such a flavorful earthy marinade! Yum!

  4. I love jerk chicken your recipe is outstanding! It was SOOO good I was swooning over it for days, it’s definitely a huge hit in my home.

  5. Oh yum! I love jamaican jerk sauce and was looking for a homemade recipe… can’t wait to make it! Adding all the Ingredients in my grocery list.

  6. 5 stars
    I had no idea that allspice is ground pimento! Thanks for this helpful tidbit. This recipe sounds wonderful and it looks like it comes together really fast in the blender.

  7. This looks like a perfect addition to the Indian naan and vegetable curry combo that I am planning to do this week for the husband’s birthday. He always like a side dish (what they apparently call a ‘chutni’ or something) and I wanted it to be as vegan as possible. I don’t have some of the ingredients, so I better get going for the Friday preparation.