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Simple Recipe For Jamaican Patties

by Christine Gibbs
(Ocean Shores, WA)

QUESTION about: Recipe for Jamaican patties

Thank you for the great information you share on this website. I've already learned a lot about Jamaica. I would love a good recipe for Jamaican Patties. Can you recommend one, please?

RESPONSE: by Wellesley

Absolutely Christine! I am happy to share with you an authentic Jamaican patty recipe that will surely satisfy your taste buds. And yes, I'm humbled that you are finding value in my content.

I pulled this one from one of my other food pages here!

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

For the filling:

  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground chicken
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Jamaican curry powder
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup water

For the pastry:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


  1. aIn a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and scallions and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef or chicken to the skillet and cook until browned about 8-10 minutes.

  3. Add the Jamaican curry powder, allspice, thyme, salt, and black pepper to the skillet and stir well to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the breadcrumbs and water to the skillet and stir well. Let the mixture simmer until the water has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Remove the skillet from heat and let the filling cool.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and curry powder. Add the cold butter cubes and use your fingers to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  7. Add the ice-cold water to the mixing bowl and use a fork to mix until the dough comes together.

  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until it becomes smooth.

  9. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut it into circles using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass.

  10. Spoon about 2 tbsp. of the filling onto one half of each pastry circle. Fold the other half over the filling and use a fork to crimp the edges together.

  11. Brush the patties with the beaten egg wash and place them on a baking sheet.

  12. Bake the patties in a preheated 375°F oven for about 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown.

And there you have it, an authentic Jamaican patty recipe that is sure to impress! Enjoy!

See also: 15 Intriguing Facts About The Jamaican Patty


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