Here are two quick and simple Jamaican style recipes that you can prepare in about 30 minutes.
Jamaican Pepper Steak
1lb Stir fry Beef 4 Tbsps. Olive oil
1 Beef flavoured OXO cube 3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 Tsp. Paprika 4 Cloves of Garlic
2 Spring Onion stalks ¼ Sweet Chili sauce
1 White Onion 2 Tbsp. Hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. Soy sauce 2 Carrots
½ green, yellow and red Peppers each
Make sure the meat is at room temperature before you prepare it so that it cooks easily and evenly.
- Place the stir fry beef in a bowl. Add the paprika, beef flavoured OXO cube, garlic, white onion, spring onion, soy sauce and 2 tbsps. of olive oil. Use clean hands or a spoon to mix all the seasonings together and set aside.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and add in the beef. Let the beef sit in the pan for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- While the beef is in the pan, chop the carrots and peppers julienne and add them to the pan. Add in the sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce and a small dash of soy sauce.
- Cover the pan over with the lid and let the meat simmer stirring occasionally until it gets tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Homemade Coconut Milk
1 Medium Sized Coconut
2 Cups of Water
Crack the coconut against a hard surface or with a hammer and cut the meat out of the shell. Dice the coconut and add to the blender with the 2 cups of water. Depending on if the coconut has water in it or not you can choose to substitute a part of the plain water for the coconut water. I recommend doing this because the flavour of the milk is much stronger when you add coconut water rather than to dilute the mix entirely with plain water. Blend well and pour the mixture through a strainer to separate the milk from the remains.
2 Cups of Basmati Rice Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Cups of Water 1 Tbsp. Butter
1 Cup of Coconut Milk
Basically a portion of the water is substituted for the coconut rice giving it lovely flavour.
- Pick the rice for any bad grains and afterwards wash any remaining starch and impurities off. Put the rice into a pot, and add in salt and pepper to season.
- Pour in the water, coconut milk and add a tbsp. of butter. Turn the stove up high and bring the rice quickly to a boil, then turn the heat down and let the rice simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Do not lift the lid until the time has elapsed. When the rice is finish all the water should be absorbed and the texture of the rice should be light and fluffy.
Serve the rice on a dish and spoon out the pepper sauce on top of, or to the side of the rice.