Ten Traditional Jamaica Breakfast Dishes

Breakfast is a very important meal. In fact, it is dubbed, the most important meal of the day as it breaks the overnight fasting period. Breakfast supplies your body with the needed nutrients and glucose which provides energy for you to carry out your daily activities.

Jamaicans are serious when it comes to meals and breakfast is no exception.

Here are 10 traditional Jamaican breakfast dishes.

Ackee and Saltfish

This is Jamaica’s national dish and is the most popular breakfast dish. The ackee and saltfish are boiled until cooked. The saltfish is then deboned and shredded. Both ackee and saltfish, along with onions, sweet peppers, garlic, escallion, tomatoes, and thyme are fried in little oil, black pepper is added to give taste. Ackee and saltfish is served with boiled food, such as yam, banana and dumplings, bread or roast or fried breadfruit.

Breadfruit and Plantains

Breadfruit is an important staple in Jamaican cuisine. It is normally roasted and consumed hot or fried after being roasted. Fried breadfruit is a common breakfast meal and normally accompanies ackee and saltfish. Fried plantains are also usually served with the meal.


Steamed callaloo is a great breakfast option and it is healthy. It is usually steamed with vegetables such as tomato and carrots. Sometimes, saltfish is added to steamed callaloo to give it taste. Steamed callaloo is served with boiled yam, dumplings, bananas, bread or fried breadfruit.


Steamed cabbage is also another great breakfast option. It is prepared in a similar fashion to steamed callaloo. Like steamed callaloo, saltfish can be added to cabbage to give it taste, corned beef is also another excellent option.


Porridge is one of the most common breakfast meals in Jamaica. There are several types of porridges, these include, cornmeal, oats, hominy, banana and plantain. These are often boiled until thick and sweetened with condensed milk and sugar. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla are usually added for flavor. Porridge can stand on its own as a meal or maybe had with crackers and bread, which are often broken up into small bits and added to the bowl.

Run Dung

This is another favorite among Jamaicans. It is mackerel cooked down in coconut milk. This meal is quite delicious and can be served with white rice or more commonly with boiled yam, green bananas and boiled dumplings.


Are you a lover of Jamaican cuisine if you have never had johnnycakes, fritters or bammy? Johnnycakes or fried dumplings are a common breakfast favorite and are made by using flour, baking powder and salt. The dough is mixed and individual pieces taken and rolled into circles. They are then fried until golden brown and soaked.

Similar ingredients are used to make fritters, however, additional ingredients such as ripe bananas (banana fritters), ripe plantains (plantain fritters), saltfish, chopped escallion and black pepper (saltfish fritters) can be added for variety. The fritters mixture is normally more liquid-based and is added to the hot frying pan using a spoon, the fritters are usually flat.

Bammy, on the other hand, is a by-product of cassava. It can be soaked in milk and fried until golden brown for better results. Bammy is usually eaten with seafood, especially fried or steamed fish, but like johnny cakes and fritters, can accompany other breakfast meals such as ackee and saltfish and callaloo.

Boiled Egg

Jamaicans like to go all out when it comes to breakfast, but the truth is, this is not always the case. Sometimes a Jamaican breakfast meal can be as simple as two boiled eggs, seasoned with a pinch of salt and black pepper and two slices of bread.

Chicken Liver

On special mornings, Jamaicans have Chicken Liver for breakfast. This is usually stewed and served with boiled white rice, boiled yam, green bananas and dumplings, johnnycakes or bread.

Curried Chicken

Curried Chicken is also served as a breakfast dish in Jamaica. Chicken parts are usually cut into small pieces and seasoned with natural and powdered seasonings especially curry. Curried Chicken is left to stew until soft, scotch bonnet pepper is usually added for extra flavor. Curried Chicken is normally served with boiled white rice, fried dumplings or boiled yam, green bananas and boiled dumplings.

It is important to note that these meals are usually served with hot beverages or what Jamaicans refer to as ‘tea’. Tea may include, cocoa, milo, hot chocolate, boiled cow’s milk and herbs such as mint, Soursop leaves or fever grass.
Breakfast Jamaican style is certainly a treat!