Jerk sauce

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This Jerk sauce is rich, bold, quick, easy, and bursting with flavors of fresh ingredients, takes less time to make! So versatile and sauce makes everything better!

Here is the recipe that use jerk sauce- Jerk Chicken Recipe.

jerk sauce in a bowl

What is Jerk sauce? 

Jerk is an essential part of Jamaican history. The term “ Jerk “ is a Spanish phrase and has been converted into an English “jerky”. It is possibly related to the approaches the meats get poked and jerked around the grill. 

The marinades or paste vary with respect to the peppers used. History speaks of Bird peppers, Pimento, and pepper elder in their recipes, where the meat is smoked over pimento wood.

 The Jerk way of cooking can be done with sausage, beef, pork, lamb, goat, boar, turkey, or even seafood or vegetables.

While the ready-to-use Jerk seasoning is available at stores in mild and spicy variations, you can make your own at home. 

You can use Scotch bonnet peppers or habaneros or any red hot chilies, black peppers, cayenne peppers scallions, garlic, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, and few other ingredients for the seasoning.

Reason to love this jamaican jerk:

  1. Easy: You just need a few ingredients and a blender.
  2. Versatile: It can be served as a marinade or dip.
  3. Convenient: It is better than the store-bought, and it is perfect for making in advance.

Ingredients & The Notes:

jamaican jerk sauce ingredients
The authentic jerk sauce has Scotch bonnet Peppers, brown sugar, and a little more soy sauce. It also intensifies the color.
  1. Green Onions: The green onions can be substituted with red onions. Onion powder can also be used for rubbing on the chicken.
  2. Ginger & Garlic: Fresh ginger and garlic are always best. When they blend together, they give a beautiful layer of flavour. Likewise, if you only have garlic powder, go ahead.
  3. Peppers: You can adjust the different kinds of peppers as per your taste and spice levels. For a milder version, use jalapenos. Make sure to use gloves for the hot ones.
  4. Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is best.
  5. Cinnamon Powder: This helps elevate the spices to the next level, with its sweet and woody flavour. Likewise, nutmeg plays an important role in giving that warm and nutty flavour. Also add in spices you like to please your palate.
  6. Thyme: If you have fresh thyme leaves, it works perfect.

Step By step Instructions:

jamaican jerk sauce is being blend in blender
  • Add all the jerk sauce ingredients into the blender and blend to a fine paste. (Sprinkle one tablespoon water if needed)
  • Jerk Sauce is ready to be used.

Top Tips:

Use Fresh Ingredients for the extra easy and herbal natural flavor. 

For an extra smoother consistency, you may use your espresso grinder. 

You can regulate the warmth of the sauce. For an extra milder taste, get rid of seeds from the chilies. 

You could make the consistency of the sauce, simply the way you prefer. You could make chunky jerk sauce or smooth sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I store the jamaican jerk sauce?

The Jerk sauce can be stored in an air-tight container and Refrigerated. It stays well and good for 1 week.

  • Can I freeze the sauce?

To freeze the sauce, Transfer the jerk sauce into an ice cubes tray. Pop them in the freezer to freeze.
Pop out the individual jerk sauce cubes and store them in the zip lock bags. It stays for 3 months.

  • What are the ways to use jerk sauce?

Jerk sauce can be used over pork, Jerk chicken, fish, and shrimp. You can add a spoon of jerk sauce to scrambled eggs, mayonnaise, Guacamole, sprinkle over French fries or to spice up your sandwich.

Here is the Peer Look of the JERK CHICKEN.

jamaican jerk sauce served in the bowl

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Jerk sauce

  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Jerk sauce is pantry friendly, rich, bold, quick, easy and bursting with flavors of fresh ingredients, take less time to make! So versatile and sauce makes everything Better! 


  • 3 sprigs spring onions 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro/ coriander leaves 
  • 1sprig of thyme 
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 garlic 
  • 2 green chilli 
  • 1tablespoon ginger 
  • 1 jalapeño 
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon soysauce 
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon powder 
  • 1.5 tablespoon pepper powder 
  • 1/2 tablespoon clove powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg powder 
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add all the jerk sauce ingredients into the blender and blend to a fine paste. (Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water if needed) 
  2. Jerk Sauce is ready to be used. 


Use Fresh Ingredients for the extra easy and herbal natural flavor. 

For extra smoother consistency you may use your espresso grinder. 

You can regulate the warmth of the sauce. For extra milder taste, get rid of seeds from the chillies. 

You could make the consistency of the sauce, simply the manner you prefer. You could make chunky jerk sauce or smooth sauce.

  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: African

Keywords: jerk sauce, jamaican jerk, jamaican jerk sauce

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