Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Sweet, tropical, and a little spicy. Those are the flavors I get whenever I make this homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning. Rub it on chicken or pork before you bake or grill and transform your entrees.

Overhead shot of jamaican jerk seasoning

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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For the longest time, our grocery store didn’t carry Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. So I came up with Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. It’s easy to make and goes amazing with chicken and/or ribs.

Homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning scattered on a marble background.

100% honesty here, I’ve never been to Jamaica. I have never had 100% authentic Jamaican jerk, but I have tried jarred sauces and read up on what the ingredients are. That’s how I came up with this homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, is it the real deal? I have no idea, but here’s what I do know:

It tastes amazing. 

Especially when it’s paired with the Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple Salsa recipe.

I grew up in a small northern town, I live in a northern city (as I update this recipe, 9 years after it was originally published – it’s snowing nonstop) so tropical flavors are a little foreign to me.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Overhead view of homemade jerk seasoning in a mason jar.

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Where to order fresh spices?

  • Raw Spice Bar – A little pricier than most places, but Raw Spice Bar has quality spices.
  • Amazon – My favorite place to shop, and they offer 2-day shipping with prime. I find the prices are much more affordable compared to our local grocery store.

The best perk about homemade seasonings like this jerk? They pack a lot of flavor without packing in the calories. This whole batch is 136 calories, and you’ll probably be only using 1-2 tbsps at a time.

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Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

A low-calorie way to add flavor to your chicken or pork dish. It's sweet, tropical, and a little spicy.
Course Seasonings
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword homemade, jamaican, seasoning, seasonings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 tbsps
Calories 17kcal


  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground all-spice
  • 1 tsp  paprika
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp  pepper
  • Optional: cayenne for more heat.


  • Stir together ingredients.
  • Store in airtight container at room temp
  • Rub seasoning on meats or poultry before grilling or roasting.
  • Optional: Add cayenne 1/4 tsp at a time if you want more heat.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 293.5mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 1.3g
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2 comments on “Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning”

  1. Sounds good to me! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Seasonings - The Bewitchin' Kitchen

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