Not quite ready for autumn’s cold fronts? Introduce Caribbean flavor into your weekly meals to warm up your taste buds, and transport yourself to the islands – at least until your plate is clean.
Make Your Own Caribbean Spice Mix
This dry rub mixture will transform your normal dishes into something exotic. The recipe below makes about 1/3 cup of spice, so you can store what you don’t use for meals to come. This Caribbean blend goes great with chicken, scallops, shrimp and light fish such as Tilapia. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and transfer into a container with a tight-fitting lid:
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Tips for Cooking with Caribbean Spices
Season fish or chicken with this spice rub and throw your meat on the grill for light island fare. If you prefer something breaded, mix this Caribbean spice with flour and shake it up with your meat of choice before dredging, breading and cooking. The result is juicy and delicious. This combination of flavors also pairs well with mango or corn and black bean salsa.