Jamaican Jerk Potatoes

Jamaican Jerk Potatoes

Jamaican jerk potatoes are a flavorful and spicy side dish that incorporates the bold flavors of Jamaican jerk seasoning. Here’s how to make them:


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes or small potatoes (red or Yukon Gold)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish (optional)


Prepare the Potatoes:

  1. Wash and scrub the baby potatoes to remove any dirt. If using larger potatoes, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 8-10 minutes or until they are fork-tender. Be careful not to overcook them, as you want them to hold their shape.
  4. Drain the potatoes and set them aside.

Marinate the Potatoes:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Jamaican jerk seasoning, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add the boiled potatoes to the bowl with the jerk seasoning mixture.
  3. Toss the potatoes to coat them evenly with the jerk seasoning. You can use a gentle hand to avoid breaking the potatoes.

Roast the Potatoes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425Β°F (220Β°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  3. Spread the seasoned potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Roast the potatoes in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they develop a crispy and slightly charred exterior. You can flip them halfway through the roasting time for even cooking.

Garnish and Serve:

  1. Remove the roasted Jamaican jerk potatoes from the oven.
  2. Garnish them with fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired.
  3. Serve the potatoes hot as a spicy and flavorful side dish.

Jamaican jerk potatoes are a fantastic accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats, seafood, or as a unique addition to your next barbecue. The bold jerk seasoning adds a spicy kick, while the roasting process gives the potatoes a wonderful crispy texture. Enjoy the flavors of Jamaica in this delicious side dish!