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Jamaican Mannish Water


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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.

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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.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Mannish Water

  1. Recipe Mannish Water,  
  2. Goathead Soup Jamaican and Caribbean Food Bronx NY,
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