Jerk Paste Marinade

July/August 2014

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This jerk paste recipe gets heat from a Scotch bonnet pepper, sweetness from a little brown sugar, acid from lime juice and cider vinegar and classic jerk flavors from three spices. Perfect for chicken, pork or shrimp, serve with rice or in tacos. For the best flavor, marinate meat (or shrimp) for about 1 hour before cooking.

Jerk Paste Marinade

Makes: About 1 cup

Serving Size: 1 Tbsp.

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  • 4 scallion greens, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Puree scallion greens, onion, Scotch bonnet (or habanero), garlic, brown sugar, lime juice, vinegar, oil, allspice, thyme, salt, cinnamon and pepper in a blender until smooth.

Tips & Notes

  • Nutrition note: Based on Test Kitchen results, 1 Tbsp. of paste is absorbed per serving.


Per serving: 24 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 147 mg sodium; 26 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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