Jerk Marinade | Seasoning Sauce

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This jerk marinade is really easy to make and works magic on chicken, meats and seafood. What’s more it is great for making jerk gravy, jerk bbq sauce and I’ve also used it to make Balsamic Jerk Vinaigrette. The original recipe was developed for our Baked Jerk Chicken with Jerk Gravy Recipe. I hope you will try it and enjoy as much as we do. Happy Cooking!

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Jerk Marinade | Seasoning Sauce

An easy and delicious jerk flavored marinade that is great for seasoning meats, chicken, seafood.

Course Marinade, Sauce, Seasoning
Cuisine Caribbean, Jerk, West Indian
Keyword Authentic Jerk Seasoning, best marinade for chicken, Caribbean Cuisine, Homemade Jerk Marinade, How to make jerk seasoning, Jamaican Cuisine, Jamaican Jerk Recipes, Jamaican Recipes, Jerk Marinade, Jerk Sauce, West Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 286 kcal


  • 6 scallions roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 20 cloves fresh garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch thyme use leaves only (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped (about 1" piece)
  • 3 harbanero or scotch bonnet peppers with seeds (remove seeds for milder taste or use 1 pepper)
  • 1 lime juiced (about 1 tablespooon)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar or white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (can replace with extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 whole 5 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • OPTIONAL: 4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher


  1. Dump all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

  2. Blend/purée 15 to 20 seconds.

  3. Pour into a bowl or storage jar. Cover. Use it to marinade your favorite meats, seafood and use it to make jerk gravy. Will store in the Refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutritional information varies based on actual use.

Nutrition Facts
Jerk Marinade | Seasoning Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 692mg30%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 944IU19%
Vitamin C 89mg108%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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