19 Traditional Dishes To Try in the Caribbean

Exploring new cuisines is a great way to find dishes to add to your weekly menu, but it’s also an insight into a culture.

Jerk Pork Belly with Mango Salsa

Caribbean food, which encompasses dishes from thirteen countries bordering the Caribbean sea, focuses on tropical flavors and slow-cooked stews, often of African and Indian origins. 

One of the best parts of Caribbean recipes is how flexible they are. The recipes in this list offer the ability to change ingredients to things you can find locally, like using white fish if you can’t find flying fish.

Read on for 19 Caribbean recipes for a variety of occasions.  

Which Caribbean Recipe Will You Try First?

Try any and all of these Caribbean dishes and tell us what you think in the comments!

19 Traditional Caribbean Foods

Jerk Pork Belly with Mango Salsa

Have you ever tried Caribbean food? Check out some of the most popular Caribbean dishes to try if you visit the region, or make them yourself!

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Choose your favorite recipe.
    2. Gather the necessary ingredients.
    3. Prep and cook your recipe.
    4. Enjoy!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.