Homemade Jerk Seasoning

A savory seasoning with heat.

When you think jerk seasoning, you think Jamaican foods, jerk chicken, shrimp, and steaks. And it’s true – this homemade jerk seasoning is perfect with all of these things. But it’s a seasoning that’s actually a whole lot more versatile. Try sprinkling it on pizza and sandwiches for a little extra savory oomph. Mix it with mayonnaise to make a phenomenal dipping sauce. Sprinkle it on sweet potato fries or your morning scrambled eggs. You’ll find lots of uses in your kitchen. The heat source: cayenne pepper powder.

Homemade Jerk Seasoning

4.23 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, then add in canola oil. Mix thoroughly.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 1, 2020 to include new content.
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