Spicey and flavourful Barbados food
Cou Cou and Flying Fish
You may have heard reference to Cou Cou and Flying fish in some of the folklore and island songs... well this Barbados food is the national dish. It is widely regard as a national treasure although in recent years it is not as popular among younger Barbadians.
Usually served on Fridays or Saturdays this unique Barbados food is made from corn meal, cook with chopped okras. It is then served with steam or fried flying fish with a spicy sauce cook with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, onions and butter.
Here is a recipe for traditional Barbados Food: Click Here for Cou Cou and Flying Fish
Barbados Black Pudding and Souse
Having pudding and souse in Barbados on Friday and Saturday has become something of a ritual... This Barbadian dish is a spicy delicacy it comprise of Pudding made of pig intestines stuff with spicy sweet potato and colouring.
Souse is made from any part of the pig but mainly the pig's head and feet boiled. It is served in a delicious pickle made with lime juice, cucumber, onion, parsley, salt, hot and sweet pepper. If you are visiting the island and would like to sample this Bajan delicacy check with your guest house or hotel.
Barbados Fish Cakes
Fish cakes are a very popular Bajan dish made with salted cod imported mainly from the maritime provinces of Canada. The importation of salted fish and meat goes back to the colonial days when these foods, which could be stored for months, were seen as a cheap source of protein.
Fish cakes are made with salted cod, flour, herbs and pepper and are served in rustic rum shops and elegant cocktail parties alike. As health conscious as everyone is trying to be in this modern era, a dish of freshly fried hot fish cakes passed around at a gathering, goes like smoke in the wind.
Bajan Coconut Bread
Most Barbadians love coconut bread like many of the other delicacies listed on this page the coconut sweet bread is a national treasure. Traditionally the mouth watering smell of Bajan Coconut Sweet Bread baking on Sunday afternoon was a norm.
These days although you may still find that some of the older Barbadian are still taking part in this tradition... The Baking of Bajan sweet bread is left to the neighbour hood bakeries. Who are doing a fantastic job of making many of the traditional treats available. So look out for the Bajan Coconut Sweet bread it may just be dessert on your favourite Restaurant's menu.
Barbados Sweet Potato Pie
Like macaroni pie the Barbados sweet potato pie has become a staple on menus across the island. Now if you have ever had a slice of this delicious Barbados dish you'll definitely understand why it is so popular... So if you would like to make this dish a part of your special occasions...
Barbados Green Peas and Rice
Traditionally Barbados food like green peas and rice has been a integral component of Barbados menus whether in the restaurants or in the house hold... This is so most times of the year but more so at Christmas mainly because green peas can be found in abundance between November and December.
Just remember that when this pea is in season you can freeze them and have them any time of the year. So if you would like to prepare this delicious Barbadian dish...
Barbados Sorrel Drink
If you are on the island during the
Christmas season try our Barbados Sorrel drink
Sorrel is available all year but the Yuletide
season really brings it to the table... There
is also a carbonated sorrel drink if the
freshly made sorrel brew during the holidays
is not available...
So if you would like to try making this traditional Barbadian drink...
Barbados Rum Punch
Rum production in Barbados goes back to
the early 1700's when Mount Gay started
distilling the popular drink which has
become the spirit of the nation. So much so
that you haven't experience Barbados until
you've had a Barbados rum punch... if you
are visiting be sure to get a rum punch and
savour the distinctive flavour of the
When you are ready to leave the island grab a bottle of the famous spirits so that you can mix your own rum infused cocktail when you return home... Don't know how?