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A small glass jar that is filled with Jamaican curry powder with a spoon inserted into it, and sitting next to an orange checkered cloth.

Jamaican Curry Powder

Course: Spice
Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican
Keyword: how to make Jamaican curry powder, what's in Jamaican curry powder?
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Cool time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 25kcal
Jamaican Curry Powder is similar to Indian curry powder but with a little less heat. It's ideal for Caribbean dishes such as curry shrimp, Caribbean stewed chicken, and jerk wings! See blog post for links to any ingredient that you can't find at your local market!
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  • Medium to large skillet
  • Coffee grinder or spice grinder, or pestle and mortar


  • 3 tbsp turmeric ground
  • 1 tbsp ginger ground
  • 1 tsp nutmeg ground, preferably West Indies
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp all-spice whole
  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns


  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir with a fork or whisk until completely combined.
  • Place all of the other remaining ingredients in a large skillet/saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic and slightly smoking, about 3 minutes. Be careful to not let anything burn! Set aside to let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cooled seeds to a spice (or coffee) grinder and grind until fully pulverized. Alternatively, ground them with a pestle and mortar.
  • Transfer the ground seeds to the turmeric mixture. Use a fork or whisk to mix and fully combine. Use immediately or transfer to a jar with a lid. Keep unrefrigerated for 6 to 12 months.



See the blog post for links to some of the ingredients that you can't find at a local market.  Most can be delivered with a 24 hour period via Amazon Prime. 
The powder is great in Caribbean recipes (we will be adding more and more to the blog), but it's also amazing sprinkled on scrambled eggs, popcorn, and burgers before grilling. 


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg