he Caribbean is known and admired for its picturesque beaches, nature and people. But the Caribbean has so many more to offer, especially when it comes to food. Each island has its unique touch, so we thought we should show you every national dish of each Caribbean Island.
Anguilla : Pigeon peas & Rice
Just like other Caribbean islands, Anguillans consume a good amount of rice. So it is no secret that their national dish would be pigeon peas and rice. Whether the rice may be yellow or white, it is loved by all Anguillans.
Read more: Quick Caribbean Yellow Rice & Peas
Antigua & Barbuda : Fungee & Pepperpot
Fungee is a cornmeal based dish which is served with pepperpot. Although this dish may sound familiar to the Guyanese dish, Antiguan pepperpot is different in taste and look.
Aruba: Keshi Yena
Not only is this island beautiful but it has a beautiful culture and language. Keshi Yuna is the national dish of this island. If you are a cheese lover then you will love Keshi Yuna. It is a cheese stuffed casserole.
Bahamas : Cracked conch or conch fritters
Clearly, Caribbean people love seafood but Bahamians seem to love it more. We couldn’t tell if cracked conch was the national dish or if it was conch fritters. Bahamians consider both of them to be their national dish.
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Barbados : Cou-cou & flying fish
Besides being known as the birthplace of the famous singer Rihanna, Barbados is known for cou-cou and flying fish. Cou-cou is just another name for fungee, it’s a cornmeal based dish that is stuffed with okra. People love to enjoy cou-cou with a stewed flying fish, which is native to the island.
Bermuda : Fish chowder
Despite not being located in the Caribbean sea, many people still consider Bermuda to be part of the Caribbean nation. And just like any Caribbean island, seafood plays a big role in the cooking. Bermudians love fish so much that their national dish is fish chowder.
Bonaire : Stroba Kabritu
Stoba Kabritu which is Papiamento for stewed goat meat. Goat meat is the national dish of Bonaire simply because of how many goats populated the island.
British Virgin Islands (BVI) : Fish & fungi
Just like Barbados and Antigua, fish and fungi is the national dish of the BVI.
Cayman Islands : Turtle Stew
Although this might shock most you, but turtle stew is a thing. Caymanians cook turtle and make a wonderful stew. Some people around the world may be against this but this is their culture.
Cuba : Ropa Vieja
Known for its rich history, beautiful people and culture, Cuba is largest Caribbean island. Cubans not only leave coffee but they also love ropa vieja. Ropa vieja is basically stewed down pork that has been shredded.
Curaçao : Keshi Yena
Because of its close proximity to Bonaire, Keshi Yena is also the national dish of Curaçao.
Dominica : Callaloo Soup
Callaloo is a leaf vegetable and it is a favorite for most Dominicans. The leaf vegetable is boiled down and blended up to make a delicious soup.
Dominican Republic : La Bandera
This national dish’s name is cute. La bandera simply means flag in Spanish. The dish is composed of rice, stewed beans and stewed chicken. It is a simple dish which embodies the flag of the island.
French Guiana : Bouillon d’awara
This is yet another island that is located in the Caribbean sea, but is considered to be part of the Caribbean nation. Their national dish is a pork stew that is stewed down with vegetables and is mostly served during the Easter holidays.
Grenada : Oil Down
Known as the Spice Isle, this dish is the national dish of Grenade. It represents the island perfectly. Oil down is stewed salted meat and vegetables that is enjoyed by all Grenadians.
Guyana : Pepperpot
There is no doubt that Guyana’s national dish is pepperpot. Pepperpot is typically stewed beef that has been seasoned with many seasonings including cassareep.
Guadeloupe : Colombo
This beautiful French Caribbean island is full of amazing dishes. But it’s the famous Colombo that is their national dish. Colombo is a seasoning that pretty close to curry. The main meat used is chicken but you can also use pork, beef or seafood.
Haïti : Griot
Along with beautiful beaches, Haïti is the home of beautiful dishes. Griot is one of those beautiful dishes and it is the national dish of the island. Griot consist of pork that is fried and is usually served with rice and pikliz.
amaica : Ackee & Saltfish
Jamaica is one of the most popular Caribbean islands. It’s on everyone’s dream vacation list and that is because of its scenery and its food. Jamaicans love food, especially ackee and saltfish.
Martinique : Colombo
Just like Guadeloupe, this French Caribbean island’s national dish is also colombo.
Montserrat : Goat Water
Unlike what you might think, Goat water isn’t water with goat. Goat water is stew/soup made with goat meat and vegetables.
Puerto Rico : Arroz con Gandules
Arroz con Gandules is proof that Caribbean people. This dish is Puerto Rico’s national dish and it’s delicious. Contrary to other islands’ rice & peas, Puerto Rico has their own distinct way of cooking this dish and it is amazing.
Suriname : Pom
Neighbor to the beautiful Guyana, Suriname has a unique culture, language and cuisine. Pom is a casserole made with pomtajer which is a fruit and chicken or any other meat.
St-Kitts & Nevis : Saltfish, dumplings & provisions
This island’s national dish will leave you stuffed. St Kitts’ national dish consists of a plate full with boiled dumplings ( coconut or not), saltfish, provisions (vegetables) and boiled sweet plantain.
Read more:Boiled Coconut Dumplings
Known for its volcanic scenery and beautiful blue beaches, St-Lucia’s national dish is boiled green fig and saltfish. Green fig is in the same family as banana.
Source: Epicure & culture
This island has a unique history and culture. It is one island but two countries, both countries live and work together harmoniously. The national dish is said to be conchs and dumplings.
Read more: West Indian Conch and Dumpling
St-Vincent & the Grenadines
Just like many of the other islands, the national dish of St-Vincent has seafood in it. More specifically, the national dish is roasted breadfruit & jackfish.
Trinidad & Tobago : Crab & Callaloo
Known for its carnivals and soca music, Trinidad & Tobago’s national is crab & callalooo. Despite many other famous dishes like pelau, doubles and roti. Crab & callaloo is the national dish.
Turks & Caicos : Peas, rice & fish or any other seafood
Their national dish is very much filling. Just like the other islands we mentioned, seafood plays a huge role in their diets. Turks & Caicos has beautiful beaches and beautiful dishes to enjoy.
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U.S Virgin Islands : Callaloo
This island also shares a love for this leafy green. Callaloo is also their national dish. Contrary to other islands, it is served with fungi.