Every weekend we will be featuring three (3) Caribbean island national dishes i a sample platter for our guest and customers to get a taste of the Caribbean island cuisines.
Best Caribbean Islands for Foodies
Interesting Caribbean Food Facts
Antigua’s Fungi is the same as Barbados’ Coucou
Dominica’s national dish, Mountain Chicken is also prepared in Trinidad and is called Mountain Chicken as well, and yes, it is really frog legs, referred to in the Islands as Crapo.
Grenada’s national dish, Oil Down is also called Oil Down in Trinidad, Run Down in Jamaica and Maetem Ghee in Guyana.
Guyana’s national dish, Pepper Pot is different from Pepper Pot Soup which is prepared in Jamaica.
Trinidad’s Pilau (rhymes with allow) is called Cook-up Rice in Guyana and Peas & Rice in Jamaica
Curry is a seasoning used to prepare many Caribbean dishes in 99.9 % of the Islands. The powder is used to season curry chicken, shrimp, beef and other curried dishes. Potatoes and the meat of choice is added to water, the curry powder is then added along with other spices, marinated into a sauce, the sauce is then served over or with white rice or rice and peas.
Roti (flat bread) – Two types, popular to Caribbean dining are Dahl Pouri Roti, made with ground split peas & spices and Bust-Up-Shot or Dosti Roti, made without peas. Another Roti, not generally served in Caribbean restaurants, called Pharata Roti has a crispy or flaky crust and no peas.
Bakes – The breakfast equivalent of American pancakes or waffles on most Caribbean Islands. Made with flour, water, baking powder, sugar & salt. It is either deep fried or baked in the oven with coconut. Bakes are also known as Johnny Cakes, Journey Cakes, Fried Bakes or Festival.
Antigua & Barbuda
Fungie & Pepper Pot
Prepared either as a breakfast meal or main entree, Fungee is cornmeal with okra, cooked in salted water and boiled to a paste. Pepper pot is a combination of a variety of meats, including vegetables, spinach, eggplant, okra, onions, spices & seasonings, boiled to a soupy finish.
Crack Conch with Peas and Rice
Crack Conch with Peas and Rice. (This dish is sometimes served with optional side dishes of potato salad, macaroni & cheese (Bahamian style – so thick, you can cut it like cake, with a knife), cole slaw and fried plantains.
Crack conch with Peas & Rice is served as a main entre
Coucou & Flying Fish
Cou cou or coo coo (made with corn meal, flour and okra) is served with vegetables, ground provisions or rice or served a la carte as a main entre.
Belizean Rice & Beans with Fish Stew
Beans and rice are cooked together with various spices. Finish with coconut milk for extra flavor. Prepared as a main entre.
Ropa Vieja is the favorite dish of most Cubans living in the Homeland and abroad. It is made with braised or shredded beef, seasoned and marinated with peppers and onions.
Mountain Chicken or frog legs, colloquially referred to as crapaud, pronounced – crappo, is heavily seasoned and stewed, boiled or fried until golden brown and then served with white rice, rice & peas, or provisions Prepared as a main entre. So tastily done, you won’t believe it wasn’t chicken.
Pronounced San-co-cho. Soup with vegetable or ground provisions such as yams, yucca, potatoes etc and a variety of meats. Prepared as a main entre.
Salchichon, Dominican salami, traditionally eaten with fried green Platanos (plantains).
Made with ground provisions, including breadfruit and served with pig tail, salt beef or your choice of meat. Prepared as a main entree.
Made with casreep- (cassava extract) and beef or choice of meat, served with white rice or black eye or split peas & rice, Spicy. Served as a main entree.
Griots with Rice & Beans
Griots (pork) with beans and rice.
Griots are a very tasty Haitian treat made by boiling and then frying cubes of pork. Served as a main entre and complimented with riz et pois( rice and peas) or riz djon-djon and bananes pesees. Most Haitian eat their griots with burning hot Ti-Malice sauce.
Ackee & Salt Fish
Ackee is a pear sized fruit, when prepared it resembles scrambled eggs, salt fish is boiled to extract most of the saltiness. Seasoned well and served mainly as a breakfast meal.
Grilled Snapper with Sauce au Chien
Sauce au Chien or creole sauce, made with chiva, onions, parsley, tomatoes, peppers and other spices alongside grilled snapper is hot . Prepared as a main entree. While there seems to be a debate on the number of national dishes, Martiniquans all agree that this is a national pleaser
Marinated Codfish and Green Bananas
Another Local favorite main entre.
Arroz con Gandulez and Pernil
Rice with pigeon peas and pork shoulder. Much like rice and peas with your choice of meat. Prepared as a main entre.
St Kitts & Nevis
Stewed Salt Fish with Dumplings,Spicy Plantains & Breadfruit
Stewed salt fish with coconut dumplings & spicy (ripe) plantains served together with seasoned breadfruit, boiled in chicken broth, This medley was recently created as a Kititian & Nevisian national dish, served as a main entree.
Green Fig & Salt Fish
Green Figs are green bananas boiled or stewed and served with salt fish. Prepared as a breakfast meal.
Conch & Dumplings
The conch is pounded and then pressure cooked with seasonings. The dumplings are prepared with flour, water and with or without cornmeal . The thick sauce from the conch and dumplings is used as gravy. Prepared as a main entre.
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Roasted Breadfruit & Fried Jackfish
Roasted Breadfruit & Fried Jackfish, and not Boiling, as was previously submitted, is purported to be the National dish of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
This dish is often served with Golden Apple Drink, which happens to be the National Drink.
Trinidad & Tobago
Crab & Calaloo
Trini’s love their crab & calaloo. The calaloo is prepared in a unique specially blended style that almost resembles an interesting (dark green) soupy, gravy/stew like concoction, well seasoned and flavorful. The crab is prepared tender and delicious
Served as a main entree.