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Barbadian Food: 35 Best Barbadian Dishes And Traditional Food In Barbados To Try

We will write about Barbadian food with the best 35 Barbadian dishes. The Barbadian cuisine in the Caribbean also know Bajan cuisine with African, Portuguese, Indian influences is good!

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You can find local meals in Barbados around $5 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $20 USD. You can have a budget of $20 USD a day enough decent meals in Barbados if you go for street food and free breakfast.

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Barbadian Food: Best Barbadian Dishes And Traditional Food To Try In Barbados

BARBADIAN DISHES: TRADITIONAL FOOD IN BARBADOS

1. COU COU & FLYING FISH

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Barbados’ national food, cou-cou and flying fish, is rever by both young and elderly generations. Because the key ingredients of cou cou are affordable, the dish became popular among Barbados’ early colonial people. Cou-cou and flying fish have West African origins and are an excellent illustration of African influences in Caribbean cuisine.

2. PEPPERPOT

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Pepperpot is a meal that originates in Guyana and is popular on the island of Barbados.  It’s a spice-and-hot-pepper flavour stew meat meal. Pepperpot is usually made with pork, beef, or mutton and consume with bread and butter, though it can also be serve with rice.

3. RICE AND PEAS

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Rice and peas a big part of the Barbadian cuisine. You’ll see this combo – pigeon peas and rice as a side dish to almost every common Barbadian dish. This will usually have pork, pigeon peas (which is popular and a staple type of bean dish in the Caribbean and in Latin America), celery, white rice, tomatoes and thyme.

4. JUG-JUG

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Barbados’ jug-jug is a classic Barbados meal. There are a few different versions of the meal. Split peas or lentils, bacon or pork, hot peppers, steak, onions, chives, roll oats, and butter are common ingredients in jug-jug.

5. PIG TAILS

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Pig tails are well-known in Barbados. They’re a famous salt meat that, because it’s salty, it is use to flavor rice and peas. Pig tails were barbeque on the side of the streets in Barbados and are pretty tasty.

6. CONCH FRITTERS

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Conch fritters is another way of enjoying conch, which is the main delicacy of Barbados. Conch fritters are of course deep fried and served with their dipping sauce (ketchup, lime juice, and mayonnaise).

The Conch fritters are made with a mix of conch meat, garlic, celery, peppers, onion, and you can add more seasoning.

7. Brown Stew Chicken

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Brown Stew Chicken in the Barbadian cuisine is not boiled. Barbadian steamed chicken is usually braised with the signature tomato sauce of the Barbados. You might just find the Bajan food in one of your local food tours or while meeting locals.

8. BROASTED CHICKEN

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On the subcontinent, broasted chicken is highly common as Barbadian food. However, it’s indeed fry inside a pressure cooker. Oil is used to fry the broasted chicken.

9. CHICKEN PILAU (BROWNED DOWN)

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Chicken Pilau or also known as Browned Down is one of the most popular Barbadian dishes. Chicken thighs are ideal for this chicken pilau since they are inexpensive and can be cooked at a lower temperature.

10. BAJAN CHICKEN SOUP

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The thick, hearty, and satisfying Bajan chicken soup is a huge bowl of Barbados. It contains anti-inflammatory elements such as garlic, parsley, turmeric, ginger, and thyme, as well as a variety of spices and herbs to combat colds, flu viruses, and viruses.

Every Bajan household has a recipe for Barbados Chicken Soup, which is traditionally made every Saturdays.

11. BAJAN CUTTERS

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Bajan Cutters are similar to sandwiches, but so much better as Barbados food to try! A Bajan salt bread, a freshly made bread roll with such a crusty exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, is the starting point. Despite its name, bajan cutters isn’t particularly salty.

12. Sea Eggs Barbados

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Sea Eggs Barbados is one of the most poplar Barbadian food that tourists love to try. Sea eggs can be cooked frying, stewing and sautéing in Barbadian cuisine. You will even see a few locals that they can eat row.

13. CHICKEN FEET

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Chicken feet as street food in Barbados is quite popular. Chicken feet are usually fried then covered with flavored sauce. You can find also find some boiled in soups and later deep fried. Chicken feet is perfect to share this meal with cold beer. 

14. FRIED PLANTAINS

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Fried plantains is one of the most popular snacks in Barbadian cuisine. Fried plantains are often served as sides to most of the main dishes in Barbados. They can be eaten with meat, or standalone snacks.

15. Fish Cakes

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Fish Cakes is a traditional Barbados food. Fish cakes is a delicious snack that can be eaten with salad or rice. Fish cakes are made with flaked salted cod and mixed with herbs and spices.

16. Barbadian Roti

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Barbadian Roti is one of the most popular Barbadian snacks to try. Barbadian roti is usually made of chicken, potato wrapped and mixed with vegetables. Barbadian Roti is coming from Indian influence.

17. MACARONI PIE

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Macaroni Pie is a delicious snack to try in Barbados. Macaroni pie is long, tube macaroni, butter, cheese, eggs, milk, onions, mustard, ketchup, so either red pepper sauce or chili powder for added spiciness make up . Macaroni Pie is most often bake as a dish and top with breadcrumbs and grate cheese.

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18. BREADFRUIT

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Breadfruit is a tropical evergreen tree native to New Guinea as well as the Malay Archipelago. The skin of the fruits is warty light green, whereas the meat is cream-color and starchy. Breadfruit with ripe fruit have a sweet flavor and are frequently use in desserts or slice into pieces and sun dry for preservation.

19. PAWPAW

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Pawpaw is a custard-apple-family deciduous tree or shrub. The papaya is also occasionally referred to as pawpaw. Pawpaw is so delicious and you can eat as snack or dessert in the Barbadian cuisine.

20. RUM CAKE

Rum cake is a national dessert anyone? Rum and cake mixes two of the most delicious things in mankind, and rum cakes are a must try in Barbados and the Caribbean.

The rum cake is popular around the holiday season, and rum is usually potent in the recipe, it being added once the cake is done baking. A butter rum sauce is also added over the top of a rum cake.

21. PUDDING & SOUSE

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Pudding and souse is a classic Barbadian dish that is only offered on Saturdays. It is made up of two components like pudding and souse. Pork intestines are commonly use to serve pudding and souse.

22. CONKIES

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Conkies is a West Indian traditional meal that is notably famous in Barbados. Cornmeal, spices, grated pumpkin, coconut, sweet potatoes, raisins, flour, sugar, butter, and eggs are use to create it. Conkies are traditionally serve every November to commemorate Barbados’ independence.

23. CURRANTS

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Currants were create by drying a small, seedless grape type known as black corinth or carina. They can take up to three weeks to dry. Currants have a sweet, tart, and strong flavor that adds texture and richness to both sweet and savory recipes due to their small size.

24. TAMARIND BALLS

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Tamarind balls are a Barbadian delicacy produce from the sticky flesh of the tamarind, water, and brown sugar. The mixture is form into round balls with a distinct sweet and sour flavor. Tamarind balls are frequently roll in sugar yet another time before being consume or store in seal containers.

25. BLACK CAKE

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Black cake is a rich, molasses spice cake fill with inebriated dry fruits which is a feature of Caribbean Christmas celebrations. The cake is thought to have evolv from Christmas plum pudding recipes brought to the West Indies by British colonizers in the 18th century. 

Although the rich deep black cake color resembles that of chocolate cakes, it is actually the result of rum and wine soak dry fruits.

26. Bajan Rock Cakes

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Bajan Rock Cakes is one of the most popular Barbadian desserts to try. You will find for breakfast as well and kids love it so much. Bajan rock cakes are made with chocolate added to the baked dough coming from United Kingdom influence.

27. Guava Cheese

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Guava Cheese is so sweet and a perfect combination of cheese and fruits. Guava cheese is original from Barbados and served for dessert with sugar added.

BARBADIAN DRINKS TO TRY

28. RUM PUNCH

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The Rum Punch is considered the most popular and party drink in Barbados. It can be popular, but it is actually a strong drink. Made with one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong, and four parts weak served over ice.

29. BANKS BEER

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Barbados is home to Banks Beer. Barbados’ beer, brew with Barbados’ water, locally filter via limestone rock, and a specific yeast strain that gives Banks Beer its distinct Bajan taste and quality. Banks Beer is always the most popular beer in Barbados.

30. MAUBY

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Mauby was prepare from the bark of the Mauby tree and thus is sweeten to taste using cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, and cloves. It has a distinct flavor with a harsh aftertaste, and some people aren’t fond of it! It is, nevertheless, a favorite of many others.

Mauby was traditionally offer by sellers who travel about cities and villages with buckets carefully balance on their heads, pouring the delightful drink.

31. CORN ‘N’ OIL

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Corn ‘n’ Oil is a rum and falernum cocktail create with age blackstrap rum and falernum. The drink features the spice of Velvet Falernum, bitters, lime, and molasses rich rum in a typical Caribbean taste combination. Corn ‘n’ Oil tastes best when it’s serve cold with ice.

32. MOJITO

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Now you might know how to do this in your home, but Barbadian mojitos? Never a bad time to try them while in the islands! Never a bad time to have your mints and white rums.

33. FALERNUM

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Falernum is a syrup liquor with an alcohol content of 11% or a non – alcohol syrup from the Caribbean. It’s most well-known for its use in tropical cocktails. Falernum usually has ginger, lime, and almond flavors, as well as cloves or allspice.

34. COCONUT WATER

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Coconut water is a must to try in the list of non alcoholic drinks in Barbados. You will see street vendors at the beach passing by with coconut water and when you under the sun is so refreshing plus so healthy.

35. APPLE JUICE

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Apple Juice is a popular non alcoholic drink in Barbados. Apple juice can be served warm or even cold and it’s always refreshing.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BARBADOS

In Barbados their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Barbados is  from December to April because of easier transport. 

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Hope you liked our Barbadian food blog post. Let us know if we missed any food in Barbados and which one is your favorite one in the list of Barbadian dishes.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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