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Homemade Jamaican Jerk Marinade (Ready in 5 Minutes)

Shana Thomas
Whip up this quick and easy vegan jerk marinade for your bbq or family gathering. Toss the marinade on vegetables, tofu, tempeh for grilling, roasting, or frying.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dips & Sauces
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6
Calories 10 kcal


  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cop chopped white onion
  • 1 small scallion white and green parts
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • one 1-inch knob fresh ginger can sub for 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded remove seeds for less heat
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme sub for dried thyme
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp tamari sub for soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp neutral cooking oil olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar sub for white vinegar or lemon juice


  • In a high-powered blender, combine the onion, scallion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, maple syrup, thyme, black pepper, allspice, nutmeg. cayenne, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, tamari, grapeseed oil, and 1 cup of water and blend until smooth. 
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