Caribbean Goat Recipe
- Jamaican Curry Goat -

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This Goat Recipe from Jamaica is truly awesome. Learn how to prepare this ultimate Curry Goat as it is made and prepared in the Caribbean.

Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, Goa and even Guyana are all famous and legendary for their Goat Curries.

I do not profess to know much about the Caribbean or even Caribbean cuisine, but I have had the pleasure of knowing some exceptional people from Jamaica.

I have always been interested and intriqued by local cuisines, customs and so called "national dishes". Jamaican Goat Curry or Curry Goat was one of the dishes that I was introduced to by my Jamaican friends.

The very first time I tasted it, I was sold and truly loved it!

Hopefully you will have the same experience.

The "secret" to good Curry Goat, lies in the combination of Spices AND a slow cook process to allow the Goat to truly end up melting in your mouth. Below you will find a (pardon me Jamaicans) a "Real McCoy" mix of Spices for Jamaican Curry Powder. An absolute ESSENTIAL Ingredient.

As in days gone by; where an English Lass was "judged" for her ability (or inability for that matter) to make a beautiful light Pastry - in Jamaica this Goat Recipe is THE DISH which folk get judged by. "Stuff it up" and you are 10 rungs down the ladder. Impress the guests and your social calendar is always filled to capacity.

Goat meat is readily available in many countries of the World where it is widely farmed and consumed.

If you are from a country where Goat Meat is not easily obtained... fear not! This particular Recipe works equally well for Mutton, Hogget and Lamb with no major adjustments necessary - maybe just a tad less cooking is required.

Choice Scotch Bonnet Chilies are ideal -if they are not available a Habanero of some kind would suffice. Any kind of Chili could be used but it really does need to be a hotter type of Chili though.

Tip: Don't skip the marinating process (preferably over-night) under any circumstances and don't be tempted to rush the cooking time. Once the main preperation has been done, it is ideal for the "slow-cooker".

Tip: Serve it will Rice and Peas - Another Jamaican staple and a dish that reflects the colors of the Jamaican Flag.

So call your friends and organise a Jamaican themed Party...
(Reggae Music - Bob Marley, Dreadlocks, Jamaican Rum and some tremendous Jamaican Food". "Yeah Mon" - you're on your way!

Have fun!

Caribbean Goat Recipe

- Jamaican Curry Goat -

(Serves 5-7)

Jamaican Curry Powder Ingredients

(Makes about 6-7 Tablespoons)

5 Teaspoons Ground Turmeric

2 Teaspoons Fenugreek seeds

4 Teaspoons Coriander seeds

3 Teaspoons Cumin seeds

2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper

3 Teaspoons Yellow Mustard Seeds

2 Teaspoons Aniseed or Star Anise

4-6 Cardamom Pods

3 Teaspoons Whole Black Pepper Corns

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon Grated/Ground Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Ground All Spice

½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves

Jamaican Curry Powder Method

Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle first grind down all the Whole Spices and mix these with all the pre-ground Spices.

Mix well.

Place in an airtight jar and store until needed.

Jamaican Goat Recipe (Curry Goat) Ingredients

2kg/5lbs Goat Meat, cut into 2-3cm/1" Cubes

3 large Onions, roughly chopped

1 Bunch scallions (Green Onions), roughly chopped

1-3 Scotch Bonnet Chili Peppers, minced or very finely chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, minced or very finely chopped

6 Tablespoons Jamaican Curry Powder

3 Tablespoons Butter

1½ Teaspoons Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme

1 Teaspoon All Spice

1 Litre/4 Cups Stock (Vegetable, Lamb or Chicken)

¼ Cup Oil for Frying

250ml/1 Cup Coconut Milk

Lime Juice (2 Limes)

Jamaican Goat Recipe (Curry Goat) Method

In a suitably sized bowl Mix together all of the Scallions, a handful of chopped Onions, Coconut Milk, Lime Juice, Salt & Pepper, Fresh Chili, 3 Tablespoons of Jamaican Curry Powder and Thyme

Mix well till all ingredients are well blended.

Add the Goat Meat ensuring all pieces have been well coated with the Marinade. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge over-night.

Tip: This Goat Recipe takes about 2-3 hours to cook, so leave yourself ample time to prepare the dish as follows - It really should not be rushed.

On medium to high heat, heat the Oil. To this add the rest of the Jamaican Curry Powder.

Stir all the time and adjust heat accordingly - You want the spices to cook and infuse the Oil without burning (About 2 minutes).

Now add the balance of the Onions and Garlic to the Spice infused Oil and cook untilt the Onions are reasonably soft.

Add the marinaded Goat Meat, ensuring all the Juices and Spices from the Marinade is also added to the pot.

Bring to a simmer, add the Stock and then bring to a simmer again.

Turn down the heat and allow to cook for 2-3 hours (adding Water or more Stock as required) or until the Meat is tender and is falling off the bone (if boned Meat was used).

If the curry is too liquid at the end of cooking a thickening agent can be used.

Serve with Fluffy Rice and Fried Plantains on the Side.

Bon Appetit!

Fire And Spic

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Visitors Comments

Moira, Perth, Australia

I have never been a fan of "Goat" meat, however my husband loves it. I made this for him and he is smitten, so am I. 10/10 Thanks!

Phyllis, Innisfil, Canada

I have made Bahamian style goat curry, I really like this recipe,  will also use the curry sauce recipe with lamb, I like it.

Johan from

So glad you enjoyed the recipe Phyllis. It remains one of my all time favorites too. Why not share your Bahamian Recipe?

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