Jamaican jerk sauce is known all over the world for its spicy and memorable flavour and ability to make any dish taste better. The classic Jamaican sauce recipe is mostly used for chicken, but you can also cook meat and fish with it. Find out how to make Jamaican sauce in Nigeria!
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1. Ingredients for Jamaican sauce
The jerk chicken seasoning is very complex and contains dozens of ingredients, which is exactly what gives it the unique flavour. Luckily, there is an easier way of how to prepare Jamaican sauce.
To recreate the Nigerian recipe for Jamaican sauce, you will need the following ingredients:
- Beef – 500 grams
- Small cabbage – 1
- Medium-sized carrots – 4
- Red kidney beans – 1 can
- Green peas – 1 can
- Tomato puree – 3 cups
- Large onion – 1
- Green pepper – 1
- Scotch bonnet pepper – 1/2 cup
- Red chilli pepper – 1/4 cup
- Tatashe pepper – 1
- Stock cubes – 3
- Dry bay leaves – 3
- Vegetable oil – 500ml
- Salt to taste
2. How to make Jamaican sauce
So how to make Jamaican sauce for rice if you’re doing it for the first time? Follow these steps for a fool-proof recipe:
- First, prepare the beef. Wash the meat, pat it dry, and cut into cubes or thin slices. Boil in salted water until the beef is tender. Strain the beef, allow it to try, and deep fry in a pan with enough oil. Set aside.
- Next, prepare the vegetables. Wash the vegetables thoroughly. Peel and chop the onion. Shred the cabbage. Finely grate the carrots. Slice the green pepper. Chop the scotch bonnet, tatashe, and chilli pepper. Set aside in separate bowls.
- Open the cans with kidney beans and green peas. Strain and set aside.
- Now you can start cooking the Jamaican sauce. Heat up the vegetable oil in a deep pan and fry the chopped onion until it’s translucent.
- Next, pour in your tomato puree and bay leaves. Cook for a couple of minutes until the mixture is slightly reduced.
- Add the chopped green pepper, chilli pepper, and tatashe. Stir well. Add the shredded cabbage and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage is tender.
- Put the fried beef into the mixture, stir, and add the strained red kidney beans. Season generously with salt and stock cubes.
- Continue cooking the sauce until it’s thick and all the ingredients are ready.
- Turn off the heat and add the strained green peas. Stir, cover the pan for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and serve!
3. How to serve Jamaican sauce
It’s clear that the Nigerian version of the Jamaican sauce is very different from the jerk chicken sauce that is known in other parts of the world. Unlike the classic jerk sauce, which is mostly used for seasoning the meat before cooking, the Nigerian Jamaican sauce is more like a stew.
Since it is very filling and nutritional, Jamaican sauce made the Nigerian way is typically served with a side dish. The most popular option is rice, but the options don’t stop there! This sauce will also taste amazing when paired with yams or any type of pasta.
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