A Jerk Marinade Recipe

Jan 06, 2021

A jerk marinade recipe....

A jerk marinade is the perfect way to bring a burst of flavour to your bbq or dinner.

It’s a sticky, sweet, spicy and just plain TASTY flavouring for meat - usually chicken. But you can also use it to flavour vegan alternatives, like tofu, if you want. It’s SO delicious but easy once you know how, making it the ultimate way to impress your friends.

The best part is that everyone’s jerk marinade recipe is a little bit different so don’t be afraid to add your own personal twist to taste, or change things up a little bit if you haven’t got all the ingredients. Some like it spicy, and some like it mild, so you might want to change how much chilli you put in!

You’ll Need…

  • A blender or food processor
  • Something delicious to marinate
  • 5 spring onions
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper for a mild taste - you can use 2 if you can handle the heat! Other types of hot chillip pepper work if you can’t find scotch bonnet, but they are likely to be milder so you might need more.
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or ½ tablespoon of dried thyme will work instead)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 75ml soy sauce
  • 60ml vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon oil


1. Turn up the TUNES! Cooking without music is no fun at all. Head to our Spotify for some playlists to bring your kitchen to life.

2. Ok, now we’re ready. Roughly chop the onion, spring onion and garlic

3. Next up, chop the chillis – make sure you wear gloves or use a plastic bag to keep the spice off your hands. Don’t forget the seeds are the spiciest part!

4. Then you simply add all the ingredients to your blender and wizz for a couple of minutes or until it’s a nice smooth consistency.

5. All that's left is to pour over chicken or your chosen food to marinate and leave for at least 3 hours so the flavours really get to work. We like to leave our chicken for 24 hours overnight in the fridge – but can you wait that long?

6. How about a Reggae Rum Punch or two whilst you wait?

Cook your dish however you prefer – BBQ is best for delicious smoky flavours but your dish will still be full of flavour baked in the oven or grilled.

If you're in need of taking your BBQ skills to the next level, check out our BBQ Tips here!


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