Cuisine from the isle of spice Grenada

What kind of food do they eat in Grenada?

Grenada is a melting pot of cultures, which means the food is quite varied.
From curried meats, to seafood and one-of-a-kind desserts, there’s a little something for everyone in Grenada.

Grenada Jerk chicken

Jerk chicken

You can’t go into many restaurants in Grenada without seeing jerk chicken on the menu. Jerk chicken in Grenada is often made using chicken wings which are marinated in a combination of locally-produced spices. The chicken wings are left to marinate for at least one hour, although its best to leave them overnight, before roasting them in the oven for 30 minutes and serving.

Oil Down

Oil Down

Oil down is the traditional dish of the island, a stew of cod, herring or salted pork simmered in coconut milk with, to name a few, breadfruit and taro leaves. The name of this dish comes from the fact that it is cooked until all the coconut milk has been absorbed and only coconut oil remains at the bottom of the dish.

Callaloo soup

Callaloo soup

Callaloo is a delicious vegetable which is widely available throughout the whole of Grenada. Because it looks remarkably like rhubarb. This is a favorite recipe of the Eastern Caribbean. The dish is thick and green, much like a creamy spinach soup. Callaloo is better defined as a thick, kale-like leafy vegetable that grows in the Caribbean.

Grenada Roast Pork

Roast pork

In Grenada roast pork dish uses pork tenderloins which are dry-rubbed with a wonderful blend of spices which give the pork its unique taste. Chopped shallots are combined with a handful of bay leaves, a pinch of salt, a sprinkling of allspice, a dash of ginger and a generous amount of pepper which is rubbed all over the meat prior to cooking.

Fry bake and saltfish

Fry bakes are a staple way for many Grenadians to start the day. This light fried flour pastry and can be served with any number of sides, popular choices include but are not limited to; saltfish souse, Cheddar cheese, smoked herring, corned beef just to name a few. Fry bakes can be made so that there is an air pocket in the center so that they can be stuffed, or a little bit more dense.

Nutmeg Ice Cream

Nutmeg Ice Cream

Homemade nutmeg ice cream is one of the most delicious treats available on the island and is the perfect way to end a meal. nutmeg ice cream is made the traditional way, using eggs, cream and milk but the secret ingredient that really makes the dish is freshly-grated nutmeg. You can buy nutmeg ice cream from a number of establishments all over Grenada, including shops, restaurants, and even ladies in the street.

curry goat

Curry goat

Curry goat is popular throughout the Caribbean islands. In Grenada, the goat meat is usually seasoned with fresh local herbs and spices and a little sugar. Serve alongside a healthy heaping of white rice and peas, fried plantain, or cooked yams for maximum enjoyment. Some restaurants serve mild versions that don’t need toning down, but you’ll have to ask before you order.

grenadian crabback

Crab Back

Crab Back: A Caribbean Dish with a Grenadian Flavour! One taste of Grenadian crab back will likely have you scouring the island for more if you’re a crab lover. This local dish is usually served with in the cleaned-out shell of a land crab, and the meat is seasoned with spring onions, sweet peppers, garlic, and often white wine and a spicy cream sauce.

grenadian pelau

Pelau

Pelau is a savory one-pot Grenadian favorite. This ‘one pot‘ included bits of meat or fish, typically chicken, first browned using burnt sugar; to which rice, beans, sweet peppers, carrots, celery, fresh herbs, peas or beans, veggies and coconut milk are added. The simmering in coconut milk is what gives Pelau its unique flavor, and guarantees you’re going to want to try it more than once.

fudge

Grenadian fudge

Grenada fudge comes in many varieties, including ginger, coconut, or nutmeg. Ingredients include condensed milk, coconut cream, butter, coconut extract, ginger, vanilla extract and angostura bitters. Making fudge involves a simmering process, after which it is left to cool for a few minutes. Fudge is a great souvenir to take home, it is packaged and sold by many local shops.

roti

Roti

Roti is essentially curried meat, fish or vegetables cooked with potatoes packed inside a roti shell made with flour, baking powder, salt, water, oil, and shortening. The roti shell looks like a wrap but has a distinct taste which pairs perfectly with the curry inside. roti is a mouthwatering takeaway snack you’ll find throughout your explorations in Grenada.

cocoa tea

Cocoa Tea

You can't go wrong with a hot cup of cocoa tea in the morning, or evening, especially if you’re travelling during a time when the mornings are a bit cooler. Cocoa tea can be compared to hot chocolate but more flavorful. Locals love eating hot bakes and salt fish with cocoa tea, this is a popular way of enjoying cocoa tea on the island.

Carib Beer

Carib Beer

Carib has been brewed since 1960 at Grenada Breweries, and is a favorite at most local bars. Carib beer is deeply rooted in the way of life of the Caribbean people, the environment, and the distinctive and refreshing culture associated with the region – its Carnivals, music and sporting events. The brand is fashionable and youthful and very today, just like the people it represents, a people with vision for and of the future.”