Green Seasoning is the ubiquitous seasoning and marinade used in most of the English, Dutch and French speaking Caribbean to flavor up everything from curry and rice to vegetables and salads.
The Spanish Caribbean and Latin America has sofrito (check my recipe here) and the rest of the Caribbean has Green Seasoning. The all purpose seasoning and marinade that goes into everything from curry to rice. As it’s name indicates, it’s a bunch of green stuff blended together. Go to any Caribbean grocery, the shelves are lined with different brands of Green Seasoning, but it’s super simple to make it at home nice and fresh, without the modified food starch and other preservatives in the store bought bottled versions. As this is fresh, it won’t have the shelf life on the store bought version, so try to use it up within 2 weeks. If not, freeze it.
Most of these are standard ingredients. The only exception is shadoe beny/ chandon beni/ bhandhania/ bhandani. Some words in the Caribbean can have very loose spellings. If you are in a neighborhood with a large Latin community, you may also see it being sold as recaito or the English word for it is culantro. It has a taste similar to cilantro but more intense. If you cannot find culantro, just double up on the cilantro in the recipe.
Before we get to today’s recipe, let’s check out some other Marinades & Spice Blends to flavor up your food!
First, get your ingredients together!
You will note the difference in texture between the homemade and the store bought version, but don’t you feel better not taking in modified food starch!
Now just add a few tablespoons to your curries, stew meat dishes, vegetable dishes, rice dishes, salad dressing – basically anything savory!