Spicey and flavourful Barbados food
While vacationing on the island
sampling Barbados food is a must... Our food preparation
and flavour has been influence by the African, European,
Asian and Indian cultures. Barbados food preparation
therefore use a variety of techniques these include the
Wok, the grill and the wood stone oven.
All of these methods have
definitely enhanced the flavour bringing that unique
Barbadian taste to your dining experience. There is also
an abundance of fresh fish that makes its way to the
dining table including the very popular flying fish found
in the waters surrounding the island.
You’ll also find a wide
selection of restaurants and cafes catering to the
preparation of Caribbean food and more specifically the
foods of Barbados. In this section we have put together a
guide to some of the island’s most popular delicacies, and
point you to some of the best Barbados recipes. I hope it
helps you to better understand and appreciate the unique
taste and flavour of Barbados food...
Here is a look at the 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
is a recipe for the delicious Barbados Black Pudding
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.
is the recipe for traditional Barbados Fish Cakes.
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
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.
is a recipe for Bajan Coconut Sweet Bread
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
is a recipe for Barbados Sweet Potato Pie
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...
is the recipe for Barbados Green Peas and
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...
is a recipe for Barbados sorrel 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?
is a recipe for the popular Barbados Rum
Barbados Hot Sauce
Barbados hot sauce is a hot spicey
condiment made from hot peppers, onions,
vinegar, mustard and tumeric. This Bajun
hot sauce and is traditionally applied to
most local Barbadian cuisine including
meat, poultry, and fish. if you are
visiting be sure to add a dash of Bajan
hot sauce to your favourite local dish.
When you are ready to leave the island
grab a bottle so that you can add the
distinctive island flavour to your meals
when you return home... Or better yet make
your own at home with the recipe
is a recipe for the popular Barbados