What makes Caribbean Cuisine flavorful?  It’s about the seasonings.

  Here are some basic traditional seasonings found in the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic

Sazon & Sofrito  –  mixture of aromatic vegetables and herbs. Spices include Cinnamon, Paprika, Chili Powder, Oregano and Cumin. Of course, garlic, onion, ginger, and Achiote.  Check out blog (picture below – offerings in grocery stores)- shared from:


 Epis (Haitian Seasoning Base) peppers, fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar.   Check out Haitian cookbook: Haiti Uncovered by Nadege Fleurimond


Basic Seasonings – Allspice, Thyme, Scallions, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Ginger, Garlic, Soy sauce, Annatto Checkout blog at Jamaicanfoodsrecipes.com

Puerto Rico

Sazon – a blend of coriander, cumin, achiote, garlic powder, oregano, salt & pepper.

Sofrito — a blend of garlic, onions, peppers and recao (culantro) — is the backbone of Puerto Rican flavor. Also referred to as recaito, it’s typically sautéed in oil as the foundation for sauces, braises, beans, stews and rice dishes.  Check out cookbook, Puerto Rian Cuisine in America by Oswald Rivera


Green seasoning  — lime, ginger, celery, green pepper, scallions, seasoning peppers.  Check out recipe pictured below https://unpeeledjournal.com/nardias-trini-green-seasoning-recipe/

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