How to Cook for a Jamaican Man
A Jamaican mans mind-set may be different from yours when it comes to the types of food he likes to eat and the flavors enjoys. I created this blog post to provide some tips on how to cook for your Jamaican man so that he is feeling happy and satisfied at the end of his meal! Enjoy! Here are 3 tips, just for your knowledge, before we address what Jamaican food is best to cook for your King.
- Setting the Mood– If you are planning to cook some food for your Jamaican man, be sure the mood is right. Don’t have too much noise in the preferred dining area, and be sure the entire space, and more specifically his eating space is clean and clutter free. Jamaicans are very picky about cleanliness especially when and where they eat.
- Jamaican man Taste Buds! – Your Jamaican mans taste buds are probably different from your own. His taste buds are used to food bursting with Caribbean flavors and Caribbean seasonings. If he was raised by a Jamaican Mother, then his intestinal tract is used to these special flavors too. When you serve your Jamaican man food, just know he expects it to taste good. If it does not taste good, he will be truly disappointed, actually his taste buds will be truly disappointed.
- After the Meal –Jamaicans in general like to enjoy a lot of quiet time. That is just our Culture. I find that after a meal is a time when many Jamaicans would rather not engage in too heavy conversation. After your Jamaican man eats his meal. Give him his space to digest his food, and enjoy the feeling of being satiated. He will appreciate that you thought of him in this way. If he wants to engage in conversation after he has finished his Delicious meal, allow him to be the one to initiate it with you and not the other way around.
So….What should you cook for your Jamaican man?
*click the links below to get Jamaican food recipes for each!*
My top 5 Jamaican food dinner choices!
- Jamaican Stew Chicken – (My personal favorite Jamaican dinner) Jamaican stew chicken tastes like heaven in Chicken, but at the same time is light, and not too heavy. Just a great flavorful chicken meal. Click here for the Jamaican Stew Chicken Cooking Recipes
- Jamaican Ox Tail – Jamaican Ox tail is loved by many, especially Jamaican men. It hits the spot, and the flavors are totally out of this world. Click here for the Jamaican Ox Tail Cooking Recipe.
- Jamaican Curry Goat – Jamaican curried goat is a Jamaican classic. So many people order this meal, in Jamaican restaurants. To me one has to be “in the mood” to enjoy Jamaican curried goat. Click here for Jamaican Curried Goat Cooking Recipe.
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken – This is another Jamaican food Classic. Those who love hot and spicy food, tend to request Jamaican Jerk Chicken, be sure to by the special Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. I would shy away from this one if its your first time. I tried to cook it once, and totally over did the Jerk seasoning. I couldn’t taste the food. Click her for Jamaican Jerk chicken cooking recipe.
- Ackee and Salt Fish – Ackee and Saltfish is another Jamaican food Classic. Ackee and Saltfish is typically eaten at breakfast time by Jamaican people, however it is so good that we eat it any time of day. But again, you sort of have to be in the mood to really enjoy Ackee and Saltfish. It tastes delicious, is a little salty, but in a good way. If its your first time cooking a Jamaican meal. I would shy away from this one, until you get to practice it a few times on your own. Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish Cooking Recipe.
If you want my opinion…if it’s your first time cooking Jamaican food, I would try cooking the Jamaican stew chicken. Do a run through before that special day, then on that day you will be more prepared.
More tips to Cook for your Jamaican Man
- Make sure the food is piping hot– Jamaicans don’t like food that is kind of hot they like it piping hot.
- Try to serve food that is heavy – Jamaicans people are used to eating food that is not only flavorful but also heavy. So, that when we eat it, we don’t feel hungry after wards
Don’t be afraid to use some pepper and some spices– I think a lot of Jamaicans expect food to be spicy and have some pepper in it. Serve the hot sauce bottle “on the side”…this is common Jamaican culture.
- Include a fresh leafy Salad – I don’t know why, Jamaicans love having Fresh leafy greens on their dinner plate. I think fresh salad goes well with all the spices that people are used to eating in the Caribbean. In case you were wondering Jamaicans typically like french dressing with their salad or Ranch.
- Big cold tasty drink – In Jamaica many of the drinks are very cold and very flavorful. Meant to cool you off and provide a little sweetness for the tongue. Give your Jamaican man a big tall cold tasty drink with his Jamaican food….He will love you for it. We are not picky about the type of Juice just as long as its cold…but…since you asked….Jamaicans love to drink …pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Grape Juice, Lemonade
- A Large Serving is best! – I almost forgot…in Jamaican culture, to serve a Jamaican person a small plate of food is sort of disrespectful…It is always best to serve a large portion of food so that the person doesn’t have to say, “Can I have some more please?” So, be sure the food is high and wide on the plate. Very Important!!!
- Bring him his food In Jamaican culture it is common that the woman brings the man his food where ever he is. Yes, and that they may not enjoy a meal together. Jamaican women don’t take it personal. They Just get on with their duties. You may consider doing the same for your Jamaican man. But, just keep in mind if you do it once, he may expect it again and again.
Try some of these Jamaican Food Recipes Too:
- Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe to try at home
- How to Cook Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe
- How to Cook Jamaican Rice & Peas Recipe
- How to Cook Jamaican “Run Down Recipe
- How to Cook Rasta Ital Soup Recipe
- How to Cook Jamaican Curried Shrimp Recipe
- Hot Jamaican Style Cornmeal Porridge for breakfast
- Make Jamaican potato Salad
- Rasta Style Ital Soup that tastes great
- Jamaican Style Barbecue Ribs (tasty)
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