10 Most Popular Foods in Barbados

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Barbados got some of the great treasures for the foodies. This country always has something delicious to offer, from restaurants to street foods that save foodies from disappointment. Most people around the world also call Barbados foods the Bajan cuisine.

The country has many tasty cuisines for you to try; however, we have listed the 10 most popular foods in Barbados in the following paragraphs.

1. Bajan Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied sweet potatoes are the special dish of Barbados. It is mostly prepared for special events and festivals. This food is prepared by boiling diced sweet potatoes. Once boiled, it is baked in a mixture of different ingredients like brown sugar, margarine, cinnamon, orange juice, raisins, and cornstarch. Candied sweet potatoes are normally served with turkey and baked ham, etc.

Recipe for candied sweet potatoes

2. Cou-Cou and Flying Fish

Cou-cou and flying fish are some of the most favorite cuisines of locals in Barbados, and you must try it too. However, it is not easy to prepare. It requires some true dedication. Different ingredients for this dish are okra, white fish, Bajan seasoning, butter, lime juice, celery, bay leaf, onions, etc.

Recipe for cou-cou and flying fish

3. Cou Cou

Cou Cou is the national dish of Barbados. It is best for a reason. This delicious food also stands among the top 10 national dishes of National Geographic. Cou Cou is eaten hot and is served in an oval form.

Recipe for cou cou

4. Ham Cutter

The Barbados sandwich called ham cutter is prepared with the salt bread of Bajan. The exterior of the bread is crusty, while the interior is fluffy. The filling contains thick slices of either picnic ham or leg ham. Most people also add tomatoes and lettuce. However, that’s optional.

Recipe for ham cutter

5. Black Pudding and Souse

Black pudding and souse have been originated from their counterpart from British-Irish blood pudding. You will need brown sugar, fresh herbs, spices, grated sweet potatoes, and various colorings.

Recipe for black pudding and souse

6. Flying Fish

Flying fish is also called the national dish of Barbados. There are various recipes for flying fish, and each recipe gives some mouthwatering dish. The most common recipe includes Bajan seasoning, which is made with onions, capsicum, garlic, chilies, and celery.

Recipe for flying fish

7. Bajan Macaroni Pie and Flying Fish

Macaroni pie and flying fish are other popular dishes of Barbados. You will need various ingredients like macaroni, cheese, butter, milk, eggs, onions, ketchup, cayenne pepper, red pepper sauce, and mustard. You can switch between cayenne and red pepper sauce.

Recipe for Bajan macaroni pie and flying fish

8. Roasted Breadfruit

This food is common in tropical areas. It is easier to prepare than other dishes in the country. Take an open flame and then roast the breadfruits. You can fill the breadfruits with butter for better taste.

Recipe for roasted breadfruit

9. Conkies

This sweet dish called conkies is made of different ingredients: cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. Take the mixture and then cook it in banana leaves by steaming. Locals love eating this food during the country’s independence day.

Recipe for conkies

10. Jug-Jug

Jug-jug is a traditional dish made with the ingredients such as lentils, pork, beef, hot peppers, chives, butter, onions, and rolled oats. Jug-jug is topped with butter before serving. It is traditional prepared for various occasions like Christmas. It is normally accompanied by rice or fried plantains.

Recipe for jug-jug


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