Want to discover more about Jamaican breakfast food and the best 13 Breakfast in Jamaica? You’re in the right food guide! Try Ackee and Saltfish, cornmeal porridge, bammy bread, johnnycakes and more.
Jamaican breakfast foods is not yet world-famous but there are also some dishes that are authentic Jamaican traditional breakfast to try!
On average breakfast in a sit-down restaurant in Jamaica will cost around $3-4 USD depending on what you are ordering coffee and bread will be cheaper that if you order a proper dish for breakfast in Jamaica. Coffee can cost $2-3 USD,
As you see most of the breakfast in Jamaica, will usually include plantains, breads and fritters. They also have tea and cocoa drinks. Regular breakfast for weekdays in Jamaica can include ackee, saltfish, plantains and porridge.
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There are a lot of iterations and mixes you can do when doing breakfast in Jamaica. Ackee and Salt Fish, with your favorite sweet beverage (coffee, chocolate or tea) will be one of the more common Jamaican breakfast options. Ackee is actually a seasonal fruit, so you can’t have it all the time of the year. So let’s go and explore all the popular breakfasts in Jamaica.
1. ACKEE AND SALTFISH
Ackee is one very popular fruit in Jamaica and it’s a huge part of Jamaican breakfasts. Ackee and Saltfish is easily Jamaica’s National dish. You eat Ackee when it’s ripe and you cook it with vegetables and onions and spices to taste, and eaten with saltfish. Ackee is known as a vegetable in a fruit tree, but it is technically a fruit in Jamaica.
2. CORNMEAL PORRIDGE
If it’s a healthy breakfast in Jamaica that you want, you may want to start your day with a cornemal porridge. In traditional Jamaican breakfasts, this is a mix of corn flour, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, made thick (or as thick as you want your porridge to be), and served hot. A good breakfast to prepare for children because of the corn meal or even as a simple dish when you’re ill, and you need something warm but light for your stomach.
3. GREEN BANANA PORRIDGE
With the popularity of green bananas in Jamaica, it is easy to have green banana porridge – one of the healthier Jamaican breakfasts you can easily have when traveling in Jamaica.
4. STEAMED CABBAGE AND SALTFISH
One of the easiest breakfasts in Jamaica when you’re craving for a savory morning, is the steamed cabbage and saltfish. You shred some cabbage, and steam it with the rest of the ingredients – scallions, onions, bits of salted cod fish. This is usually partnered with bread, fried or boiled dumplings, roasted breadfruits, bananas or yam. For us, this is filling enough to have any meal of the day.
5. BAMMY BREAD
Since cassava is one of the most popular root crops in Jamaica, and generally this part of the world, Cassava or bammy bread more known in Jamaica is easily used as part of their meals, breakfasts in Jamaica or side dishes.
6. FRIED DUMPLINGS
Ackee is served here with saltfish, vegetables and a side of fried dumplings. Very quick and savory breakfast in Jamaica, and something we’d easily love eating every morning, or maybe better for a brunch!
Jonnycakes are Jamaican flat breads (can also be corneal corn breads) that are made from home easily, and eaten with any meal – breakfasts, snacks or even the main meals (lunches, dinners). Usually partnered with salted or pickled fish mackerel, and with your favorite hot tea with fresh mint leaves.
Callaloo, known before as a poor man’s dish, is culturally a breakfast in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. Nowadays, it’s eaten by everyone and even exported! Callaloo is a leaf vegetable dish – can be taro, amaranth or xanthosoma. The Callaloo is steamed with scallions, garlic, tomatoes, onions, and thyme, and usually partnered with bread or slices of ripe plantain for a complete Jamaican breakfast.
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9. SALTFISH FRITTERS
Fritters is popular almost everywhere, as an easy snack and or breakfast in Jamaica. It can be done mixing salted cod with onions, scallions, and mixed to a flour batter, and then fried. The saltfish makes this dish more delicious and filling, and can easily be a side dish to any meal, to be a part of your Jamaican breakfast, especially when you’re about to start a productive day.
10. MACKEREL RUNDOWN
Mackerel is very popular in Jamaica and if it’s a warm soupy breakfast in Jamaica that you want, mackerel can be cooked with coconut milk cream, onions, some added vegetables, scotch bennet peppers, and a few more spices.
11. CURRIED CHICKEN
If you are looking for some spice for your breakfast, ( and with spice we mean hot hot hot), you can have a curried chicken. This can be better for those long mornings when you really have a lot to do, or if you’re having a brunch. Jamaican curried chicken is usually really spicy, and you can season and spice it depending on how spicy you can tolerate your dish. Only do this if you’re really up to it! If not, you can always have curried chicken as your big meals of the day.
12. HERBAL TEA / NATURAL BUSH TEA
Teas are a very popular Jamaican breakfast compliments to your meal. You can have herbal teas or a Bush Tea (coming from Fabaceae plant), and add as much sugar as you want, depending on how sweet you want your tea to be.
13. JAMAICAN HOT CHOCOLATE TEA / JAMAICAN COCOA TEA
If you want to start your Jamaican mornings high in caffeine, Jamaican Cocoa Tea or Jamaican Hot Chocolate Tea may be perfect for you. Jamaican beverages (and dishes for that matter) are all about the spices. To make this tea, you boil cocoa tea with strong cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. It’s actually a very popular Jamaican Christmas drink. Imagine waking up to a Christmas morning with this smell.
There you go. 13 best breakfast in Jamaica that you definitely need to try when you are traveling in Jamaica.