This homemade Jerk seasoning is made with allspice, thyme and other common spices you have at home. Use it for grilling recipes and more!
What is jerk seasoning made of?
- allspice – this is the one seasoning you really do need for this recipe
- thyme – you can try using oregano but it's not going to give you the same flavour
- garlic powder – you can use onion powder instead
- onion powder – you can use garlic powder instead
- brown sugar – white or coconut sugar will work
- nutmeg – you can add more allspice if needed
- cinnamon – there's no good substitute here but you can leave it out without impacting overall flavour
- cayenne pepper – you can leave this out if you're using scotch bonnet peppers to make a recipe with jerk seasoning
How to store your spice blends
- Download your spice jar labels then purchase some sticker paper for your printer
- Make sure to purchase some spice jars as well
- **Get my full list of kitchen essentials here**
Easy Jerk Seasoning Recipe
- 1 tbsp allspice
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl then funnel into a spice jar if desired. We have linked to the ones we use above this recipe card.
- Add sticker label to your jar if desired. Download our free template and purchase sticker printer paper above the recipe card.
Frequently asked questions
The typical jerk seasoning flavours come from allspice and thyme, but scotch bonnet peppers also play a huge part and we recommend adding those in fresh alongside your seasoning. They're super spicy so we recommend wearing gloves, removing the seeds and pithy parts before dicing up and then only starting with a small amount.
This seasoning blend itself is not very spicy as there's only a bit of cayenne pepper. Once you add scotch bonnet peppers, which are a key component of jerk seasoning, it can make a recipe pretty spicy.
Jerk seasoning is actually pretty unique so there are no good substitutes for it. If you're looking for something with a kick, you could try replacing with cumin. Allspice and thyme make up the main flavours so if you don't have these, you won't have a good jerk seasoning.
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