West Indies Spice Blend

Chef: Roscoe Hall | Writer: Catherine Jessee | Food Stylist: Lauren Sharp Gavin

The West Indies Spice Blend originates from the West Indies, both in name and flavor profile, but its origins carve even deeper into the history of forced migration and spice trading. Notable notes of cumin, coriander, and pepper, or allspice, clove, and curry, bear resemblance to Africa’s Berbere spice blend: always paprika with some combination of similar warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and others. This combination of pepperiness, brightness, and warm spices make it well-suited for seafood, like fish and crab.

What you need


3 Tbsp Allspice

1/4 Tsp Clove

2 Tbsp Paprika

2 Tsp Cumin

2 Tsp Ginger Powder (1 Tsp if using fresh/grated)

2 Tbsp Island Yellow Curry Powder

1 Garlic Clove, minced

1/2 Cup Yellow Onion, Diced

1 Tsp Habanero, Minced



In a large bowl, combine all ingredients ‘til nicely mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste.

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