Food In Barbados
”What Barbados Food Should I Try?”
Firstly I would like to clear up a popular
myth about food in Barbados.
I have had many visitors ask me if food from
Barbados is extremely hot and spicy. This is far from the truth.
Not all Barbados food is hot and
I personally believe that the association
between Caribbean food and the word “Jerk” has caused many to think
Although jerk dishes are available in
Barbados they are NOT native to Barbados cuisine.
Each Caribbean island has its own seasonings
and spices creating flavours specific to their respective islands. Food
in Barbados is therefore very unique and cannot be compared with any
The special flavours of most Barbados food
is due to our blend of herbs and spices known as Barbados seasoning or
Bajan Seasoning. This blend includes thyme, marjoram, green onions and
parsley to name a few.
Barbados rum is also a popular cooking
What is the Barbados National Dish?
The national dish of Barbados is Cou
Cou and Flying Fish. Cou cou is a unique blend of cornmeal
and okra mixed with salt, peppers and Bajan hot sauce. Flying fish is
the most commonly found fish in the warm waters surrounding Barbados
and is usually served fried or steamed.
These two combined have formed a dish
Barbados has become famous for, so let Cou Cou and Flying Fish be your
Recommended Barbados Food
Most Bajan dishes have unique names you will
over hear and will most likely be unfamiliar to you.
During your Barbados vacation you should
make sure to try a few. Here is some food in Barbados I recommend, and
their respective Bajan names.
Bajan Macaroni Pie & Fried Flying
Macaroni Pie and Flying Fish , referred to as just “Pie and
Fish”, is our version of macaroni and cheese served with a fillet of
fried flying fish. Flying fish is often exchanged for a variety of
other tropical Barbados fish such as Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin.
Bajan Black Eye Peas and Rice
“Rice N’ Peas” as it is referred to, is the
most popular rice dish in Barbados and is a common substitute for
Macaroni Pie. These native African peas have become a major part of
Barbadian family meals. This dish is sometimes made with kidney beans
Bajan Candied Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes are made with lots of
Barbados brown sugar. If served mashed they are sometimes topped with
sweet pineapples and cherries.
Plantain is a close relative to the sweet
banana and makes a delicious addition to any meal when fried and topped
Fried plantains are often diced and
individually wrapped in bacon making an amazing hors d’oeuvre.
Pudding N’ Souse
This is a very special Barbados meal. The
pudding is made of pig intestines stuffed with sweet potatoes and the
souse is boiled down pig head and trotters. A great dish for the
Conkies are made of a mixture of cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, sweet
potatoes and cornflour wrapped in a banana leaf. These are usually made
in November to celebrate Barbados’ independence.
Our version of a tasty bun.
These deep fried fish balls are made of salted
cod fish and herbs. It is common to find these being sold on the side
of the road.
A Bun & Two
Two Bajan salt fish cakes in a salt bread
Flying Fish Cutter
A fillet of fried flying fish in a salt
bright red, tastey Barbados fruit that is often turned in to juice.
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Bosho and Fish Cakes
My favorite Barbados dish is Bosho (or however you spell it). Its a dish with cod fish, peppers, onions, celery, cucumber and occasionally tomatoes.
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Fish Cutter - seasoned flying fish in a roll (I remember my trips to Oistins!
Sugar Cakes - both my favourites coconut and sugar in one tasty morsel …...
Pudding n Souse Not rated yet
I love it. Only my mom Gloria Bovell can make it the way I like it! She takes her time preparing it slowly. It is very tasty whenever I am in Bim (Barbados) …...
Barbados Cod Fish And Okra On A Bed Of Rice Not rated yet
The cod fish is usually fried up with onions, peppers, and tomatoes in a sauce pan. This dish is then served over the okra cooked into the rice. ...
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