What y’all know about that Caribbean Green Seasoning? If you’ve never tried it, then you are truly missing out on something special. It’s a unique blend of fresh herbs that gives Caribbean cuisine that extra layer of flavor. That je ne sais quoi. Different Caribbean countries have their own similar, yet unique recipes. I learned how to make the seasoning from a Trini. So this is Trinidad Green Seasoning.
I wasn’t taught using measurements, just ingredients. So I’m going to try and guestimate measurements for you guys. Y’all can alter to taste. Sometimes I leave ingredients out or substitute if I don’t have it on hand. For instance, the recipe calls for shado beni or culantro. I subbed with cilantro since I didn’t have any culantro on hand. Cilantro is very similar in flavor to culantro, but not as strong. So you have to use a little more. I don’t add salt to my blend as I prefer to use other seasonings that have salt, or salt alone. I also removed the seeds from the pimento peppers to control the heat. Leaave them in if you like a little burn lol.
Green Seasoning is such a versatile blend. You can use it on practically anything. On fish, meat and other proteins. In stews, soups, beans, rice, dressings. Errrrthang. One more thing- Nope, I’m not Caribbean. My family is from Down South. I just enjoy, and cook all different types of cuisines. If I like something enough, bets believe I learn how to make it myself. Anyways, make sure you save this Green Seasoning recipe as I’ll be referring to it in some future recipes. I plan to always have a batch on hand now that I’ve been reminded of how amazing this seasoning is!
Caribbean Green Seasoning
- 1 bunch shado beni/culantro (or cilantro)
- 1-2 stalks celery (leaves included)
- 4-5 scallions
- 10-12 garlic cloves
- 1 bunch thyme
- 2 pimento peppers (seeded)
- 1/4 cup water (added gradually)
- Food processor or Blender
- Peel the garlic and seed the pimento peppers. Thoroughly wash and drain all of the ingredients.
- Roughly chop the culantro/cilantro and thyme, and cut the celery and scallions into quarters.
- Place all of the ingredients into the food processor/ blender with a splash of water and process/blend. Add the rest of the water gradually until you get the consistency you want- more water for a thinner blend, less for a chunkier mix.