The Top 10 Caribbean Dishes You Need to Try!

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The Caribbean is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, and you can taste that rich diversity in its cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or have a sweet tooth, the region offers a plethora of dishes that will leave you craving for more. Here’s a list of the top 10 Caribbean dishes you simply must try, with a special shoutout to a Haitian favorite.

  1. Jerk Chicken (Jamaica) If you visit Jamaica, you can't leave without trying jerk chicken. This dish is a smoky, spicy marvel. The chicken is marinated in a mix of allspice, thyme, Scotch bonnet peppers, and other spices before being grilled or smoked to perfection. Pair it with rice and peas, and you're in for a treat.
  2. Roti (Trinidad and Tobago) Roti from Trinidad and Tobago is a delicious blend of Indian and Caribbean influences. Imagine a soft, warm flatbread filled with curried meats, chickpeas, and potatoes. It’s a flavorful, portable meal that’s perfect for eating on the go.
  3. Mofongo (Puerto Rico) Mofongo is a Puerto Rican classic made from fried green plantains mashed with garlic and pork cracklings. Sometimes served with a savory broth, seafood, or meat, its unique texture and rich flavors make it unforgettable.
  4. Flying Fish and Cou-Cou (Barbados) This is the national dish of Barbados, and it’s a must-try. Fried or steamed flying fish served with cou-cou, a creamy side dish made from cornmeal and okra, offers a delicate yet rich taste of Barbadian cuisine.
  5. Ackee and Saltfish (Jamaica) Ackee and saltfish is Jamaica's national dish. Ackee, a fruit, is sautéed with saltfish, onions, tomatoes, and spices. Often served with fried dumplings, breadfruit, or boiled green bananas, it's a delightful breakfast that you can enjoy any time of day.
  6. Conch Fritters (Bahamas) In the Bahamas, conch fritters are a beloved snack. Diced conch mixed with a batter of flour, bell peppers, onions, and spices, then deep-fried to golden perfection, are typically served with a tangy dipping sauce.
  7. Callaloo (Trinidad and Tobago) Callaloo is a comforting, thick soup made from the leaves of the taro plant (or other leafy greens), okra, coconut milk, and various meats or seafood. It’s a staple in Trinidad and Tobago and offers a unique blend of flavors that are both hearty and nutritious.
  8. Lechon Asado (Cuba) Lechon asado is Cuban roasted pork, marinated in a citrusy mojo sauce and slow-roasted until tender. Often served with black beans and rice, it’s a festive dish that’s perfect for gatherings.
  9. Pastelón (Puerto Rico) Pastelón is like Puerto Rican lasagna, but with sweet plantains instead of pasta. Filled with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and sometimes raisins and olives, it’s a delicious mix of sweet and savory.
  10. Griot (Haiti) Griot is a beloved Haitian dish made from marinated pork that's fried until crispy on the outside and tender inside. The pork is marinated in citrus juices, garlic, and herbs before frying, and it’s usually served with pikliz (a spicy pickled vegetable relish) and fried plantains.


Exploring Caribbean cuisine is like embarking on a culinary adventure through a region rich in history and culture. From Jamaica’s fiery jerk chicken to Haiti’s flavorful griot, each dish has a story to tell. These top 10 dishes offer a delicious glimpse into the Caribbean’s vibrant culinary landscape, inviting you to savor the diverse flavors of this beautiful region.

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