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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Save money and customize your own Jamaican Jerk seasoning right at home! Spicy, sweet, utterly irresistible - perfect with chicken, fish, veggies, and more!


  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper less or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes less or more to taste


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix well with a fork or small whisk to blend.
  • Store tightly covered with other spices for up to 6 months.


  • Heat: I especially love making jerk seasoning because it's so easy — and important — to adjust the heat level to taste. The two primary spices that contribute heat are cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, so dial both of those up or down as desired. The amounts listed deliver a seasoning that my husband and I find mildly and enticingly spicy; consider dialing back to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and just a pinch of red pepper for kids and those with sensitive palettes.
  • Yield: This recipe will yield about 1/2 cup total. For a simple rule of thumb, I usually use about 2 Tablespoons to season 4 chicken breasts, so this will easily last over several meals.
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