Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning | Yup, it's Vegan

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend

A warm and spicy spice mix that's great on plant-based entrees and roasted veggies, this Jamaican jerk seasoning is delicious to keep on hand.

Course condiments, Spices
Cuisine dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword homemade jamaican jerk, jerk seasoning, jerk spice blend
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Total Yield 1 quarter cup
Calories Per Serving 19 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 6 whole cloves (or 1/2 tsp ground cloves)
  • 2 tbsp allspice berries (or 2 tbsp ground allspice)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (or 1/3 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. In a dry skillet, toast cumin seeds until fragrant, then transfer to a mortar & pestle or a spice grinder. Repeat separately with the whole cloves if using, and with the whole allspice if using. Grind the toasted spices into a fine powder.

  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients (including ground cloves and allspice if using). Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Will keep in the pantry or fridge for up to 3 months or so.

Recipe Notes

WHOLE VS GROUND SPICES: You'll get the best flavor with whole spices. Bonus - the whole spices that are the components in this Jamaican jerk also stay fresher for longer than their ground counterparts. However, ground spices will work if that meets your needs better. I've tested this recipe both ways.

Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.