Subscribe for all my updates and don't miss a thing! Sign me up!

Delicious Goat Soup
Jamaican Mannish Water

Sharing Is Caring! Share this awesome content with your friends now.


New! See the real Jamaica in VIDEOS!
Click Here and see why over 140,000 fans are raving about my YouTube Channel!

Jamaican Goat Soup | Mannish WaterJamaican Mannish Water | Goat Soup

by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

There has never been a wedding, funeral, graduation or party kept without a pot of goat soup or Manish water on a wood fire somewhere. The soup is made from the more undesirable parts of the goat but, it sure doesn’t taste like it.

New! Take a piece of Jamaica with you💃!

Savour the memories!  Now you can get your authentic Jamaican souvenir items, as well as traditional Jamaican herbs, spices and housewares on our popular e-store. Click Here to learn more.

And, if you ever need a trustworthy and knowledgeable local guide, consider booking a private tour with us!

What Meat is in Mannish Water?

Mannish water is made from goat meat, specifically the head and belly (the goat’s intestines).

Why is goat soup called Mannish Water?

The name Mannish Water for goat soup comes for a number of reasons. One, while it is usually the norm for women to cook around the world, Jamaican men actually have no qualms about preparing it.

Mannish Water is a dish predominantly made by men. It is also said to have some “special benefits” that Jamaican men especially love. The soup is believed to be an aphrodisiac. Perhaps too, because it is usually a male goat that is prepared.

What does Mannish Water Taste Like?

The goat parts are washed and roasted over a fire before they are added to the pot, which gives the soup a slightly smoked taste. The scotch bonnet also gives it a zesty flavour. It is filled with ground provisions of yam, green bananas, carrots, spinnaz (small dumplings) and coco.

Mannish water is not at all difficult to make. Although, many believe that it is. Try this recipe below, and you’ll see.

Jamaican Mannish Water Recipe


  • 2 pound(s) goat head and belly
  • 1/4 cup(s) Grace White Cane Vinegar
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, crushed
  • 6 whole pimento berries
  • 2 pound(s) yellow yam, peeled, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, diced
  • 2 large Cho Cho, peeled, diced
  • 1 pound(s) Irish potato
  • 6 finger(s) green bananas
  • 1 cup(s) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 1 packet(s) Grace Cock Soup Mix
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Grace Caribbean Traditions All Purpose Seasoning
  • 2 sprig(s) thyme
  • 2 stalk(s) escallion
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Grace Soft Margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Grace Caribbean Traditions Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup(s) white rum, optional


  1. Cut goat head and belly into small pieces then clean in a mixture of Grace Vinegar and 4 cups of water.
  2. Pour 6 cups water into a pressure cooker, add 4 cloves crushed garlic, pimento berries and goat head and belly and pressure for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the flame and allow the pressure cooker to cool.
  4. Pour mixture into a pot, add 4 cups water to the pot and allow to boil.
  5. Add in your diced yams, carrots, Cho Cho, Irish potatoes and green bananas.
  6. Stir cover and leave to cook, use the time to make your spinners (see the recipe below)
  7. When you are done making your spinners, add them to the pot and allow them to cook.
  8. Wait for about 15 minutes and season your pot. Add in the cock soup mix, all-purpose seasoning, thyme, crushed escallion and whole scotch bonnet pepper, margarine, black pepper and 1 tsp salt.
  9. Stir well and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. Turn off the flame and mix in the rum.

And for your spinners? That’s easy. Just: 

  • Combine flour, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and knead to make a smooth dough.
  • Leave the dough to relax for 15 minutes.
  • Make small spinners from the dough then add to the pot, stir and cover.

Your very first pot of Jamaican Mannish Water is now ready for you to dig in and I am sure it won’t be the last.

You might like these

Sharing IS Caring! Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, to get even more

It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica! 

Return to Jamaican Food from Jamaican Mannish Water 
Return to My Island Jamaica Homepage from Jamaican Mannish Water

References & Sources For Jamaican Mannish Water

  1. Recipe Mannish Water,  
  2. Goathead Soup Jamaican and Caribbean Food Bronx NY,
Back To The Top Of This Page

New! Get My Latest Book👇🏿


You asked, I've answered! You no longer need to save for months or years, to enjoy paradise!

JAMAICA On A Budget is your passport to experiencing what I call 'The Real Jamaica' on a budget!

I spilled the beans! sharing my top tips on finding cozy accommodations and secret gems, only the way a native could! Click Here to pick it up on my e-store and start saving now!

See The Best Of Jamaica - In Videos!


My channel reaches over 140,000 subscribers worldwide and has leveraged over 11 million views, sharing, what I call 'The Real Jamaica'. Subscribe today and join our family of viewers.


Read More ...

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

New! Experience The REAL Jamaica!
Book Your Private Tour here and experience Jamaica the way we (locals) do!

P.S. Didn't find what you were looking for? 
Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!

Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.

Back To The Top Of This Page

Like My Site? Please Click Here To Share It With Your Friends

Home   |   JOIN US   |   Site Search   |   Have Your Say   |   Archives   |   Old Archives   |   Contact   |   Disclaimer   |   TIP ME!   |   Link To Us

Do like I did! Share your passion
(about your city, hobby or experience) and make a living from it. Click Here to see how

By Wellesley Gayle   |   Copyright © 2007-2024   |   All rights Reserved.   |   Privacy Policy