‘Jerk’ can mean either a style of cooking or a kind of seasoning. ‘Jerk cooking’ refers specifically to dry rubbed or marinated meats and the methods by which they are prepared, but jerk seasoning and spices themselves can be used on anything, and these vegan jerk dishes are proof! Jerk cooking is native to Jamaica but has made its way around the world along with the Caribbean diaspora. The two main ingredients are traditionally allspice and scotch bonnet peppers, but it usually also includes cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, garlic, and salt, with a few other variations or additions. If you’ve never tried cooking a plant-based jerk recipe, now is the time! These 10 vegan jerk recipes from the Food Monster App are fantastic uses of this aromatic and flavorful spice mix. They prove that you don’t need any animal ingredients to appreciate the flavors of Jamaican cooking.
1. Jamaican Jerk Chickpea Stew
Source: Jamaican Jerk Chickpea Stew
The Fall season will be here before you know it and it will be time to pull out the sweaters, coats and those soup and stew recipes that keep us warm during the colder months. This Jamaican Jerk Chickpea Stew by Desiree Rodriguez will not only keep you warm but the flavor the Jamaican Jerk seasoning gives it will make you want seconds and maybe even thirds.
2. Jerk Jackfruit Wraps
Source: Jerk Jackfruit Wraps
To keep things simple we’ve just used one tin of young jackfruit (in water – not syrup!) marinated in jerk spice and cooked with red kidney beans, roasted a sweet potato and created a simple lime mayonnaise to set it all off. And not to forget the crunchy little gem lettuce. These Jerk Jackfruit Wraps by Vegan Punks are delicious!
3. Jerk Tempeh Wraps With Mango Basil Aioli
This dish is like a vacation in a wrap. Spicy jerked tempeh is wrapped up in crisp lettuce and paired with a tangy mango basil aioli. The Jerk Tempeh Wraps by Chrysta Hiser by themselves pack some heat but the dressing cools things off and adds a sweet refreshing flavor.
4. High-Protein Jamaican Jerk Chili With Tempeh
Sound the alarm! It’s hard to say where this Caribbean-inspired stew might rank in terms of pure Scoville units, but it definitely brings the heat. Unassuming little habaneros contribute the blistering blaze, turning up the heat with even the smallest addition. If you’d prefer a full-flavored blend that simply has a bit less fire power, feel free to omit the fresh pepper entirely. The unique Jamaican Jerk Chili by Real Food Really Fast packs a spicy, savory punch.
5. Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers
Take your taste buds on a trip with these Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers by Alison Edmund. These gluten-free burgers made from brown rice, mashed ripe plantain, pecans, and beans will put you on island time in only 30 minutes.
6. Caribbean Jerk Millet Burgers With Pineapple Guacamole
These Caribbean Jerk Millet Burgers With Pineapple Guacamole by Tori Cooper are packed with protein, flavor, and of course, Caribbean flair! Homemade jerk seasoning makes these burgers extra-special, but they’re ultimate when topped with creamy pineapple guacamole. Oh yeah. That’s what we’re talking about!
7. Jerk Cauliflower Tacos
Source: Jerk Cauliflower Tacos
You could totally buy pre-made jerk seasoning at the store. BUT – making your own seasoning for this is something else: Slow building heat, layers on layers on layers of flavor, and the slightest hint of sweetness from a dash of sugar (which also helps the cauliflower crisp up!). Make a big batch of this Jerk Cauliflower by Jordan and Clark Cord and the possibilities are endless. Pack it into rice bowls. Toss it into a salad with your favorite veggies. Wrap it in a tortilla with all of the fixings for a lunch burrito or an awesome taco.
8. Caribbean Jerk Chili
Source: Caribbean Jerk Chili
Chili’s not just for winter — this Caribbean Jerk Chili by Vegan: The Cookbook is a world of sweet, spicy, tropical flavors. A creamy, coconut milk chili base is packed with red beans, sweet bell pepper, and other veggies along with juicy mango and a squeeze of tart lime juice. A garnish of fresh cilantro is the perfect finishing touch.
9. Caribbean Jerk Sweet Potato Falafel
These Caribbean-inspired Jerk Sweet Potato Falafel by Tori Cooper are the perfect weekend dinner. Basically, they’re like jerk-spiced fried hummus fritters, what’s not to love about that? They’re made from sweet potato, which is possibly the best combination ever. Serve these crispy falafel in a pita with all your favorite vegetables.
10. Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa
This quick and easy dish is full of not-your-every-day flavors. The pineapple salsa is sticky and sweet, with crisp bell peppers mixed in. The tofu is spicy and crispy from the grill. It’s the perfect meal to serve at a cook-out! Serve this Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa by Maggie Jones with a side of sliced cucumbers for a cooling effect, or with rice and lettuce for a heartier meal.
Bonus: Homemade Jerk Seasoning!
Source: Homemade Jerk Seasoning
Seasoning mixes are so nice to have on hand for quickly flavoring a dish, but the kinds you buy at the store are teeming with refined sugar, salt, and maybe even preservatives, artificial colors, or textural additives. The only way to be truly certain of what is in your seasoning is by making it yourself! Use this Homemade Jerk Seasoning by Nora Schlesinger as a flavor crust on veggie burgers, sprinkle it over grains and vegetables, or maybe even use it in salads and slaws.
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