These authentic and delicious Jamaican Breakfast recipes will make you feel like you’re on the island. From sweet to savory, these recipes are fulfilling and delicious.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and in when you’re craving a Jamaican breakfast, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Jamaicans pride themselves on their delicious food that’s prepared with love. Some favorite breakfast items include foods such as porridge, ackee and saltfish (Jamaica’s national dish), and local fruits.
Each of these recipes takes minimal prep and can be made in 30 minutes or less. Most are hearty and nutritious and the perfect meal to get the day started.
What does a typical Jamaican breakfast look like?
It depends on whose house you’re in, but in our Jamaican household, we loved porridge on the weekdays. Weekends were for big feasts and our spread included foods like ackee and saltfish, roasted breadfruit, and banana fritters.
What to drink during Jamaican breakfast?
Mainly fresh juice is served. You’ll also find coffee, and healthy morning drinks, like Milo and Horlicks.
Jamaica’s national dish, Ackee and saltfish is a dish made with ackee, a fruit that is native to the Caribbean, and saltfish, which is dried and salted cod. Tomatoes, onions, and peppers are added to this dish to make it healthy and flavorful.
Breadfruit is another staple Jamaican breakfast item. Breadfruit, a large green fruit popular in the Caribbean, is usually roasted or fried. It's generally served with ackee and saltfish for breakfast.
There's nothing like a warm bowl of cornmeal porridge to start the morning. Made with fine cornmeal, coconut milk, spices, and condensed milk, this sweet yet hearty breakfast is enjoyed by many on the island.
Green bananas are popular in jamaican cuisine. Although green bananas are usually boiled and eaten as a side, this porridge required the bananas to be blended until smooth and then turned into a creamy porridge. It’s a delicious and warming breakfast.
There's nothing like a place of fried plantains. Generally served on the side, this sweet addition to the breakfast table is enjoyed by everyone. If you aren't a fan of frying, these air fryer plantains are a good option.
Boiled dumplings are another popular Jamaican item. These are served during dinner or from time to time they will appear on the breakfast table. These are delicious when served with ackee and saltfish.