How to Make Jamaican Patties at Home

When was the last time you had a good Jamaican patty? The kind that makes your mouth water, when you think of biting into the tasty crust and delicious beef, chicken, fish or even callaloo filling. A good while, huh? Plus, I can just imagine how the pandemic has stalled your long overdue visit to your neighborhood Jamaican restaurant.

Well, don’t worry, we have got your back, with this super easy recipe Jamaican patty recipe from The Spruce Eats.

AuthorsherikaeCategoryDifficultyAdvanced

Yields10 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

For the Pastry Dough
 4 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tsp ground turmeric (or curry powder)
 1 tsp salt
 1 cup cold vegetable shortening
 1 cup ice-cold water, more if needed
For the Filling
 1 lb Pre-cooked ground beef or a filling of your choice (callaloo, chicken, fish, cheese-added to beef to create cheese patties)- meat must be minced or shredded.
For the Assembly
 All-purpose flour, for the work surface
 ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
 1 large egg

The Pastry Dough
1

Gather the ingredients.

2

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, turmeric and vegetable shortening. Rub the shortening into the flour using your fingers until there are tiny pieces of shortening completely covered with flour and it has a sandy texture.

3

Pour in 1/2 cup of the ice water and mix with your hands to bring the dough together. Keep adding ice water 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time until the mixture forms a smooth dough.

Assemble the Patties
4

Preheat the oven to 350 F. ​Flour the work surface. Unwrap 1 of the pieces of dough and roll it out into a very large circle.

5

Cut out 3 circles with a bowl or dish of approximately 5 inches in diameter. If you divided the dough into 10 to 12 small balls, roll them all out into a circle of approximately 5 inches in diameter.

6

Place about 3 heaping tablespoons of the filling onto one half of each circle. Dip a finger into 1/4 cup of the water and moisten the edges of the pastry.

7

Fold over the other half and press to seal. With a fork, crimp the edges to close. Cut off any extra to give the patties a uniform look.

8

Place the finished patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and continue to work until you have rolled out all of the dough and used all of the beef. Place in the fridge until ready to bake.

9

Beat the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon of water together to make an egg wash. Just before adding the pans with the patties to the oven, brush the assembled patties with egg wash.

10

Bake patties for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

How to Seal Patty
11

To create an edge using a fork, simply press down on the edge, using the tines of a fork. This seals the dough together and adds a homey decorative pattern around the edges. This is a great method if you are looking to get kids involved.

Ingredients

For the Pastry Dough
 4 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tsp ground turmeric (or curry powder)
 1 tsp salt
 1 cup cold vegetable shortening
 1 cup ice-cold water, more if needed
For the Filling
 1 lb Pre-cooked ground beef or a filling of your choice (callaloo, chicken, fish, cheese-added to beef to create cheese patties)- meat must be minced or shredded.
For the Assembly
 All-purpose flour, for the work surface
 ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
 1 large egg

Directions

The Pastry Dough
1

Gather the ingredients.

2

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, turmeric and vegetable shortening. Rub the shortening into the flour using your fingers until there are tiny pieces of shortening completely covered with flour and it has a sandy texture.

3

Pour in 1/2 cup of the ice water and mix with your hands to bring the dough together. Keep adding ice water 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time until the mixture forms a smooth dough.

Assemble the Patties
4

Preheat the oven to 350 F. ​Flour the work surface. Unwrap 1 of the pieces of dough and roll it out into a very large circle.

5

Cut out 3 circles with a bowl or dish of approximately 5 inches in diameter. If you divided the dough into 10 to 12 small balls, roll them all out into a circle of approximately 5 inches in diameter.

6

Place about 3 heaping tablespoons of the filling onto one half of each circle. Dip a finger into 1/4 cup of the water and moisten the edges of the pastry.

7

Fold over the other half and press to seal. With a fork, crimp the edges to close. Cut off any extra to give the patties a uniform look.

8

Place the finished patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and continue to work until you have rolled out all of the dough and used all of the beef. Place in the fridge until ready to bake.

9

Beat the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon of water together to make an egg wash. Just before adding the pans with the patties to the oven, brush the assembled patties with egg wash.

10

Bake patties for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

How to Seal Patty
11

To create an edge using a fork, simply press down on the edge, using the tines of a fork. This seals the dough together and adds a homey decorative pattern around the edges. This is a great method if you are looking to get kids involved.

Jamaican Patties

Ta da! You are now a Jamaican patty chef! I hope you enjoy your delicious Jamaican patties down to the crumb!