Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend

This jerk seasoning blend is the perfect balance of aromatics, dried herbs, smoky spices, and spices. Rub on meat, or sprinkle over everything!

Yield: approx 1/2 cup

nutrition is per 1/2 teaspoon (out of 48 servings)


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, dried
  • 12 teaspoons cayenne pepper*
  • 2 teaspoons paprika, smoked or regular
  • 1 teaspoon allspice, ground*
  • 2 teaspoons salt, omit for salt-free
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, combine all spices. Transfer into a lidded spice jar and store in the pantry or spice drawer.




You can adjust the spice level of your seasoning by how much cayenne pepper you add to the mix. Generally, 1 teaspoon will result in a mild jerk seasoning, 1 1/2 teaspoons a medium level, and 2 teaspoons being medium-hot. This, of course, is different for everyone.


If you don’t have allspice, combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. This would be in addition to the other spices to substitute for the allspice in the recipe.