Popular Caribbean Seafood Recipes

Mahi Mahi ©TheBusyBrai/Flickr

Mahi Mahi ©TheBusyBrai/Flickr

Is it the sunshine, the alluring landscapes, the pirate legends, or the irresistible music that make the Caribbean seem like the beach-goer’s Promised Land? There is no doubt that all these factors add up to create the Caribbean’s unique charm, but there is one aspect that is often disregarded. The Caribbean cuisine, an incredible mix of exotic spices, fresh fruits and elemental cooking methods is often that special something that can add flavor and spice to a beach holiday in the Caribbean. Caribbean food has got something from every nation or culture that has ever lived in the region, from the simplicity of Taino dishes to the sophistication of French cuisine. Today we’d like to present you some popular Caribbean seafood recipes – take them as possible restaurant suggestions for a future vacation, or maybe a Caribbean-style meal that you can cook at home:

Caribbean Cook-up

This Caribbean classic is somehow similar to the Cajun jambalaya, in the sense that it uses a combination of meats and rice. Commonly used ingredients include chicken breast, cod, white rice, celery, onions and carrots. The technique is simple: brown the chicken in a large pan, saute the onions, and then add the rest of ingredients and cook over medium fire. The Caribbean cook-up can be a very versatile dish, so feel free to substitute the meats or add various spices and vegetables.

Jambo

This delicious soup originates from the Dutch Antilles and it consists of a brilliant combination of beef and seafood. The original recipe uses cod, prawns and salt beef – this gives the Jambo its distinctive flavor. Another key ingredient is okra, that ubiquitous tropical vegetable.

Fish Soup ©avlxyz/Flickr

Fish Soup ©avlxyz/Flickr

Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-mahi is not a dish per se, but a colorful fish which can be found in the warm, shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. Mahi-mahi is famous for its delicious meat, which is perfect for grilling. For a delicious Mahi-mahi dish, try to combine well-spiced, grilled Mahi-Mahi pieces with a sweet, acid sauce like mango salsa and steamed rice.

Mahi Mahi ©TheBusyBrai/Flickr

Mahi Mahi ©TheBusyBrai/Flickr

Caribbean Crab Souffle

The souffle is known as one of the most refined dishes in the French cuisine. Making a perfect, puffy souffle might require yeas of practice. Yet, it is the crab meat and Caribbean spices that make this particular type of souffle so irresistible. Putting eggs, crab meat, curry, thyme and coconut milk in the same dish, is like taking a deep breath of Caribbean breeze.

Souffle ©karenandbrademerson/Flickr

Souffle ©karenandbrademerson/Flickr

 

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