Jerk Seasoning

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    ¼ Cup

Appears in

Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed 2

By Melissa Joulwan

Published 2013

  • About

You probably think you know what jerk means — especially if you have a boss, a younger sibling, an annoying roommate, or a lame neighbor. But let me tell you more: Jerk is a Jamaican style of cooking meat and fish that describes both the spice rub and the grilling technique. Street-side jerk stands (insert your own joke here) are found throughout the Caribbean, serving up spicy meat and, presumably, witty banter. This jerk seasoning isn’t too hot, and the heat is balanced by the sweet spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg



Measure all of the spices into a medium bowl and mix with a fork until combined.

Transfer the spice blend to an airtight container and sprinkle it on meat and veggies when (1) someone has been a jerk to you and you’d like to put a voodoo curse on them; or (2) you want to add a spicy-sweet-hot kick to whatever’s on your plate.