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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
What is Jamaica best known for? Jerk food, of course. There is nothing like some good ol’ Jamaican jerk food. The traditional jerk sauce adds a little oomph, a little kick, to just about any protein, whether it’s chicken, beef, pork or seafood.
I know when I say seafood, you are probably just thinking, “yeah, jerk fish is okay”. But fish is not the only seafood that can be jerked. Lobster, conch, and octopus are just a few. All it takes is a little imagination, some great jerk sauce, seasoning and quick hands because they will be done in no time!
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I know for many of us seafood lovers, a big juicy lobster is always a top selection. But lobster dishes can be quite expensive, especially when the method of preparation requires some skill. So, I am about to share with you how to make the tastiest Jerk lobster from scratch, right in your own kitchen.
But before I get into the recipe, let me share a trick I learned while scrolling through Facebook. It will take your jerk lobster to another level. Most of us probably don’t own an actual backyard grill where we can use pimento branches to jerk our foods. As you may know, traditionally jerk foods are prepared over pimento wood which adds a lot of flavour to the dish that using just jerk sauce would not achieve.
If you are like me and have to prepare your jerk foods in the oven, a simple trick that you can try is getting your hands on some pimento tree branches. Before you place your lobsters in the oven, cover the bottom of your oven with foil and pieces of the pimento branch. Light your oven and allow it to preheat.
The pimento branches will slowly start to release fumes inside the oven, perfect for adding that smokey woodsy flavour to your jerk lobster.
On to the recipe…
How to know your jerk lobster is ready:
How to Butterfly lobster for jerking in the oven:
What to have jerk lobster with:
You can enjoy your homemade jerk lobster with just about any side dishes. In Jamaica Jerk foods are often had with bread or festival. They also go great with rice and peas or plain white rice, or a vegetable salad.
Of course, there are tons of other great jerk Jamaican dishes you can try, here are the recipes for the ever-popular jerk chicken and jerk pork.
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